Why Chris Pratt (A.K.A. Andy Dwyer) Never Had to Leave ‘Parks and Recreation’
Parks and recreation conquered many with its unique Pawnee community led by Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Now, five years after the successful political sitcom NBC said goodbye, the original cast of Parks and recreation comes back for Special park and leisure, including Chris Pratt who played Andy Dwyer.
What started out as a guest star quickly turned into a lead actor, and Chris’ character has been steadfast throughout the show’s seven seasons. Best known for rock band Mouse Rat and having an FBI alter ego, fans may remember seeing less of their favorite “lovable idiot” by the end of the series, and there was good reason to that.
- Chris Pratt played the adorable goof Andy Dwyer on the hit NBC sitcom Parks and recreation for six years.
- In the show’s sixth season, the actor saw his role reduced while filming Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Chris will be playing in Special parks and leisure aired on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 30.
Season 6 of Parks and recreation opened with Leslie accepting an award from the International Coalition of Women in Government in London. To celebrate his accomplishment, Andy, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) accompanied her across the pond. During her stay, Andy attended a meeting for the Sweetums Foundation and finally decided to stay to do charity work for her.
While it might seem like a natural story for the character of Chris, behind the scenes, Parks and recreation the producers were actually working with the actor’s busy schedule to make sure he could still appear in the series. At the time, Chris balanced the satirical spectacle with Guardians of the Galaxy, and it made more sense for the two projects to run in the same place.
Instead of making an abrupt exit to focus on his burgeoning film career, Chris and the producers have found a way to continue working together – and therefore, the cast of Parks and recreation traveled to London to shoot the first two episodes. By mid-season, Chris was back in the series with a whole story explaining the fit of his character, which included a serious case of jet lag. Meanwhile, her 50-pound weight loss – thanks to her Marvel role – has been attributed to no longer drinking beer.
Chris later revealed his sincere thoughts when asked if he had ever thought of leaving Parks and recreation.
“Oh, man, it’s funny that you asked that because it never occurred to me,” he said during a press tour of the Television Critics Association in 2015. ” “I never even wondered. It never was … It would never happen. I would never leave the king – never leave this show!”
He continued: “I don’t care how much money someone would give me or what I could afford, I wouldn’t give up on the ship … This team was great, and the process of making this show spoke to me and was so perfect for me as the way i like to work. As if it was loose and fun, and you can try something new each time you take it. “
And a few years later, Chris is back alongside the rest of his beloved Parks and recreation cast to bring some joy to everyone. Of course, this time his character will also help to set an example for the practice of social estrangement at home.