David Schwimmer's character in his latest comedy series, "Intelligence," is incredibly unlikeable, and that was the fun of it.
In "Intelligence," David plays American NSA agent Jerry Bernstein, who is sent to the U.K. to work in the cyber crime-fighting organization Government Communications Headquarters. Unlike Ross Geller, David's famous character on "Friends," Jerry doesn't have many redeeming qualities.
"That was what was so exciting to me about it — the challenge of how do you take a guy like Jerry, this alfa male, conservative, racist, homophobic, sexist, pompous, ignorant, ultra-patriotic guy who's come over here to try to grab power … [and] thinks he's being promoted but in fact is being demoted … how do you take this guy and make him, not only likable, but how do you make him funny?" David told E! News.
The show's creator, Nick Mohammed, described David's character as "a somewhat brash, egotistical maverick, pompous American NSA agent."
In the show, the character and his team of "social misfits" change that way the division is run.
"I think we succeeded because we all worked really hard to make sure that any jokes that Jerry made, you realize that the laugh was always on him, because people could see so clearly how ignorant he is and you never really felt like anyone was ever seriously injured by a remark he would make or behavior he would do," David said. "It's really cathartic to play a guy like this because so many of these guys are in power right now in both our countries. And I would say it's a really timely character to be playing."
The show premieres on Peacock on July 15.