Nick Offerman's AMA Highlights: Ron Swanson, Mustaches and Wood
The "Parks and Recreation" star answered fans' questions last week, which ranged from favorite trees to his cast mates' backsides.
There are few television characters today with a cult following as adoring as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson, and while many actors are loathe to be defined with their on-screen personas, Nick Offerman seems quite happy to blur the line between fiction and reality.
In a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") chat on Friday, Offerman said as much, telling fans that he has no problem with being recognized or typecasted as the dour, libertarian head of the parks and recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana.
"I honestly don't really give a shit," he wrote. "I feel pretty damn lucky to have landed in the role of Ron, and if I am defined that way, well, I can think of worse problems. If no one will hire me after Ron then I'll have to suffer through making things in my shop, performing live theater, and paddling my canoe with my wife. Yes, that was a euphemism."
Canoes and his wife, Megan Mullally, were two running themes in the chat.
One difference between himself and Swanson?
"I wouldn't call it drastic, but my penis is 5/8" larger than Ron's, in both length AND breadth, but it is held that he wields his with greater aplomb," Offerman clarified.
Another significant part of his physical presentation? The mustache. Swanson's patented, full lip hair has demanding specifications, which can be quite difficult to manage.
"My moustache grows with such rampant, perpetual virility, that we need to trim it 3 or 4 times a day during filming," he admitted. "It was cool at first (grade school), but to be honest, it's getting old."
When Offerman is just hanging out on set with his co-stars, he likes to have some good, clean fun. Especially with Aziz Ansari.
"Sometimes we pretend we're on a CSI program and examine each other's underpants under a huge Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass," he explained. "We like to go around the lot where we shoot and see whose pet's heads we can fit in our mouths (I always win with Jim Belushi's (miniature) Corgi), but no, nothing weird comes to mind. Oh, we both really love to enact Rush Limbaugh radio vomit with hand-puppets made from pig intestines, which is hilarious good fun, but I think a lot of people do that. On the coasts, anyway. So, no."
He also offered praise for his entire group of cast mates, with the notable exception of Jerry (Jim O'Heir), whom he did not mention the entire chat -- to the delight of Reddit users.
Amy - Her ability to combine mischief with leadership and generosity of spirit.
Adam - His sweet, gumdrop caboose.
Pratt - Best personality ever, like a golden lab meets Don Knotts. Also a fine backside.
Rashida - Incredibly well-adjusted and lovely for having been bitten by Michael Jackson's monkey as a child. Not a euphemism.
Aziz - He can say anything in the most hilarious way - also keepin' them buns tight.
Aubrey - She is beautiful and wonderful - not evil, don't be ridiculous.
Rob - A champion in every way, super funny - wouldn't mind a tad more junk in his trunk.
Retta - Could rule the world if she so chose. DISCERNING. Beautiful.
As far as typecasting, I honestly don't really give a shit. I feel pretty damn lucky to have landed in the role of Ron, and if I am defined that way, well, I can think of worse problems. If no one will hire me after Ron then I'll have to suffer through making things in my shop, performing live theater, and paddling my canoe with my wife. Yes, that was a euphemism.