Max Adler Speaks on "Amazing Opportunity" of Emotional Glee Episode

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Have the tears dried yet?

Last night, Glee aired what was easily its most emotional episode to date and, most likely, its most polarizing, as well.

The winter finale provided a platform for characters to comment on teen bullying and suicide, as Dave Karofsky tried to kill himself in the face of the same sort of taunts he once delivered himself as a student at William McKinley.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Max Adler refers to the evolving character of Karofsky as "most amazing opportunity that I could have asked for" and says about this heavy episode in particular:

"The show is about high school kids. At that time of your life, there are no decisions that have been made for you. You have so much optimism and hope and you do anything you want. Along the lines of the comedy/tragedy map, you also need to gain perspective, show the struggles and the fears and the anxieties of people in high school.

"I feel like if you ignore one side and show the other, it’s not as rich and powerful of an experience. If everyone can see both sides, there’s an amazing window of perspective that opens up and you can appreciate one now that you see the other. I thought it was necessary to go here to contrast with what is normally seen on the show. At the end, there is a message of hope."

Profound words from an actor who - no matter how you felt about the PSA-style of the episode - gave a magnificent performance.

Read more from Adler at EW and sound off on the Glee winter finale now: What did you think?

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You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.

Sue

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.

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