Nick Offerman Dishes On Parks And Rec

Nick Offerman Dishes On Parks And Rec


– [Woman Off Camera] Oh, whoa, whoa, stop. (laughing) – Say what? Let me know when you’re recording. (upbeat music) (tea pouring) – Hello audience members. This is Nick Offerman and I’m about to be spilling some tea in your direction, figuratively. The character of Ron
Swanson was created by Mike Schur and Greg Daniels. They met a Burbank city
official who was anti-government and a libertarian and they
thought that was really funny. They didn’t know that I
was gonna play Ron Swanson when they thought of the character. But then, almost immediately they said, “Oh, we like Nick. “So, he’s gonna have a moustache. “He talks very slowly. “We should probably justify his
love of red meat in some way “because Nick is spilling out “over his pleated JC Penney trousers.” The scripts on Parks and Recreation were so good that we
never needed to improvise. But we had such a cast
of amazing creative heads that they would then encourage us once we had achieved the script if we had any good ideas,
go ahead throw ’em in. When I ordered that platter
that serves 12 people and I say, “I know what I’m about son.” I believe I came up with that line. But, it was just, they
already had a line there. It was all very collaborative. Most of the credit has
to go to the writers. It was the episode where everybody got to pick their bachelor party and the character of Jerry, Jim O’Heir, took us to his ice cream shop. And we were all indulgently
chowing down on ice cream and Chris Pratt had a huge
cone of strawberry ice cream and he sculpted a vagina into it. And just kept surreptitiously
showing it to me. And you know, you try not laughing when Chris Pratt shows you his tiny strawberry ice cream vagina. She’s my teacher, she’s my hero. I saw her on Will and Grace
18 years ago when we met. It was like seeing Mel
Brooks or Carol Burnett or just some legend. I thought, oh, you were
born an encyclopedia of great comedy. She’s 11 years older than me, so there’s always been a great
teacher student relationship. Parks and Rec was the first time when she played Tammy Two, the first time that we got
to work together as a team. We’d often worked together, but never where it was the two of us. It was incredibly difficult because of all the people in the world, she knows how to push my buttons. And so to then put that in a scene where she’s being funny and I’m not supposed to laugh at her was an incredibly difficult task. And sometimes I succeeded. We all keep in touch, we
have an ongoing cast thread that we text on almost daily. Somebody’s always got something going on. A couple times a year we’re
trying to get together to have dinner. Retta has a new show on NBC, Retta also has a book coming out. So the thread’s been a little Retta heavy, but that’s great. Amy just finished directing
a movie called Wine Country. Everybody’s always got stuff happening. It’s a wonderful family feeling
keeping us all in touch. The best thing I took from the set was all of the trim and doors and windows from the set of the main
Parks and Rec office. Somehow found their way to my wood shop and we milled them up
into strips of red oak and then glued them up into planks and made them into canoe paddles, which we then gifted to
the cast and producers. And hanging in my shop is that original huge framed picture of a brunette woman holding
out a plate of bacon and eggs. It’s what I’m referring to when I say, “I’m a simple man, “I like ladies with dark
hair and breakfast food.” So that hangs in my shop
and inspires me everyday.

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