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Interview with Nick Offerman & Creator/Writer/Executive Producer Michael Schur from Parks and Recreation

I had a great time on today’s Parks and Recreation conference call with Nick Offerman (“Ron Swanson”) and creator/writer/executive producer Michael Schur. Nick Offerman was hilarious, and from the way he answered questions, he didn’t seem a whole lot different than Ron Swanson! Sadly, during my question about the use of improv on the show, the sound of the phone cut out, and no one could hear the answer. Here are some of the highlights of the conversation:

On what it was like working with Patricia Clarkson and what Tammy 1 is like

Michael Schur: She’s in the first two episodes of the year and we have shot both of them and edited – mostly edited both of them, so we’re almost done with her, sadly.

Nick Offerman: Well, we’ve been incredibly fortunate with the selection of ladies that have graced our stage with their presence, talent and beauty. I think what the audience will be surprised to learn is that Tammy 2, played by Megan Mullally, the gorgeous Megan Mullally, may turn out to be the most kitten-like, timid women of the Tammys. I am about as giggly as a schoolgirl to have landed in a position where I’m portraying a man who has made love to both Megan Mullally and Patricia Clarkson. That is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Michael: [I don’t want to] spoil too much about the character, I would say that she is very different from Tammy 2’s character. The relationship she has with Ron is not a sort of hedonistic, animal attraction, pure and simple that we’ve seen before. They have a much different, more complicated, more kind of rich back story that we get into and delve into.

And we just – I mean, the point of casting Patricia Clarkson was to let her be Patricia Clarkson, and I think we accomplished that. And we just wanted to do something very different from Megan’s character and I think we accomplished that as well. So we’re very excited for people to see it.

We’re just worried that if we go into too great of detail about who she is and what she does for a living and how she knows Ron and all that stuff that it’ll be kind of anticlimactic when you finally meet her.
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