Gillian Jacobs talks 'Community’ movie, Britta’s ‘annoying’ future

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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“Community” definitely wants to be back next year-ish. If not, blame Dan Harmon.

That about sums up the feelings Gillian Jacobs, who played Britta “Buzzkill” Perry, has on the heavily anticipated film that may or may not be hitting theaters in our lifetime.

“It’s so funny, because we as a cast get asked about it all the time,” Jacobs told the Daily News last week while promoting her new horror film, “Come Play.”

“Our answer is always the same, which is that we would love to do it,” said the “Love” star, 38. “So I think you need to start calling [creator] Dan Harmon or Sony Pictures Television, because I think the cast is excited and wanting to do it.”

The Emmy-winning comedy — which aired from 2009 to 2015 on NBC and then Yahoo! Screen – followed a misfit gang of students, and staff, at the fictional Greendale Community College.

As for Britta’s future, it might be hazier than the film.

“I mean she was kind of a bartender by the end of the series, right?” Jacobs said. “I don’t know if she’d still be doing that. Would she still be pursuing a career as a therapist? How many one-eyed cats would she have at this point?”

The cast virtually reunited this spring to support coronavirus relief, but Joel McHale, who starred as suspended lawyer-turned-reluctant-student Jeff Winger, subsequently told The News that the film would be much more complicated.

“There’s a lot of obstacles in the way,” the former “The Soup” host, 48, said in June. “First of all, a major pandemic. And second is who’s paying for it.”

He added that Harmon, who also co-created “Rick and Morty,” has “80 episodes” of that show to complete.

Logistics and general 2020 nonsense aside, McHale didn’t rule out a big screen reunion with Troy (Donald Glover), Abed (Danny Pudi), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Annie (Alison Brie), and more.

“Everyone said they would do it. So I think maybe it’ll happen?” said McHale, adding, “It’s more real than it’s ever been.”

Either way, Jacobs is convinced that some things would never change. “I think [Britta] would be probably still annoying her friends and they’d be tolerating her.”


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