McHale shows 'violent side' in film
Joel McHale has teased that fans will get to see his dark side in new supernatural horror film Deliver Us From Evil.
The US star is best known for comedy and for hosting satirical weekly television show The Soup, but tackles something more sinister in Scott Derrickson's movie about a cop and a priest who have to battle paranormal forces while trying to solve a case.
Asked what new things Joel will get to show off in the movie, he told Collider: "You will see the more violent side of me that I only really unleash on an attacking bear, so yeah, it's definitely not a comedic role but I do tell jokes.
"But hopefully you'll see, it's not like I was hiding anything.
"I'm just glad, I know Scott, he wrote with me in mind, and I'm still surprised I got it. And you will see my obsession with knives on camera."
Discussing how much research he did for the role of experienced policeman Butler, Joel quipped: "I performed an exorcism on a friend of mine. He's pretty mad about it, apparently he wasn't possessed, but I did heat up a cross and press it against his forehead."
Deliver Us From Evil, based on a 2001 book entitled Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, also stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn.