Nick Offerman has come to understand Parks and Recreation fans’ “nauseated” reactions to his very clean-shaven look.
“I’m so grateful that Ron Swanson and Parks and Rec worked so well that it makes people angry that I would dare look different,” he said at BookCon on Saturday morning at New York City’s Javits Center. “I understand that it’s a compliment when they say it makes them puke when they see me!”
“But I want to remind them that it’s my face they’re accusing of making them nauseated,” he added, as he appeared without his TV character’s signature mustache.
Offerman noted that his character in the NBC comedy was a man with a mustache, and he shaved it to take on other roles, including Ken Kwapis‘ A Walk in the Woods, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Oliver Thompson‘s Welcome to Happiness. He also signed on for John Lee Hancock‘s The Founder, which details the rise of the McDonald’s fast-food empire, alongside Michael Keaton and Laura Dern.
“If I keep it off for a while, then maybe I can bring it back and play some sort of bumbling sheriff!” he teased.
Offerman was on hand to preview his second book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, which dives into the lives of 21 “great Americans” with the personality trait, from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to Willie Nelson and Carol Burnett.
The actor and author kicked off the hour-long panel by singing and strumming a sweet “Rainbow Song” for his wife Megan Mullally, as well as “Paddle Your Own Canoe.” Moderated by John Hodgman, the panel also included a surprise appearance by Paul Rudd.
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, hits shelves May 26.