Kevin McHale do not radiate with Joy on Artie’s return.
Fans of the long-running Fox series might be excited about the possibility of a revival, but don’t expect Joy Club member Artie Abrams, originally played by McHale, will be featured. The fan favorite, who played Artie on all six seasons of the Fox series, spoke to Insider about the potential reboot and explained why he won’t be playing the future director again.
“I don’t know if Artie could be in it,” McHale told Insider on Nov. 16. “Knowing what we know now, I don’t think I should play a character in a wheelchair. So if they let me get out of my beard and play a different character, I will.”
During the series, Artie explained that he once had a car accident that resulted in him being in a wheelchair. But reflecting on the role years later, McHale says he and the Glee crew “know more now.”
“What were we thinking? he reflected on the role. “I can’t play this role.”