'Community' star dresses the part

Jim Rash (centre) as Dean Craig Pelton (Handout)

Jim Rash (centre) as Dean Craig Pelton (Handout)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

He's dressed as a midriff-baring Catwoman, a full-on Scarlett O'Hara and an extremely fabulous witch, complete with short skirt, stockings and a tiny, pointy hat.

But the most uncomfortable costume Jim Rash has had to wear in his role as Community's flamboyant, enthusiastic and sometimes slightly unhinged Dean Craig Pelton was the one that was barely there.

"No one loves running in just flesh panties," says Rash, referring to Season 3's Documentary Filmmaking: Redux, in which the dean has an emotional breakdown, burns his university degree and smears his naked body with the ashes.

Out of all the get-ups Rash has donned - Brazilian carnival dancer, sexy nurse, half male, half female "Duali-Dean" - being nearly naked was the worst of all? Actually, no.

"There's one this season that hasn't aired yet that's tough," he says, refusing to divulge the exact nature of the outfit. "It's fantastic as far as what it looks like and what I look like. You'll know. It's coming up."

Though he's worn everything from a fireman's helmet to a powdered wig on Community, Thursday's episode (City and NBC) will see Rash donning a new hat: writer.

Well, new for Community. Rash is one of the Oscar-winning scribes of the 2011 George Clooney dramedy The Descendants, for which he shared the best adapted screenplay Academy Award with Nat Faxon and director Alexander Payne. And famously riffed on presenter Angelina Jolie's sexy pose when he accepted the award: "It just felt the best way to own the moment, what she was doing," he says. "I just sort of stole her idea."

Thursday's episode of Community is Rash's first as writer, and revolves around Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) swapping personalities in a Freaky Friday-style switcheroo, brought on by Troy trying to get out of celebrating an anniversary date with Britta (Gillian Jacobs.)

 


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