Nick Offerman Talks His Run-Ins with Steve Carell and Michael Scott

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In a great interview with the AV Club, Nick Offerman talks about all the classic Nick Offerman things, like how there should be more fishing on Parks & Recreation. He also tells the story of the first time he met Greg Daniels and Michael Schur: “Yeah, I believe I first met Greg when I went to audition for the role of—there was a character named ‘Michael Scott’?” Woah! He continued: “I went and played a song on my guitar that I ostensibly would be singing to Pam.” Woah! Woah! (Miss U Joey Russo) Can you imagine a Ron Swanson-esque Michael Scott with his “#1 Boss” mug carved out of wood? Offerman also discussed the first time he ran into the man who beat him out for that part:

I [hadn’t] seen Steve Carell since in 1993; I was hired to understudy him in a show in a theater in Chicago called Wisdom Bridge. It was this weird show in a legit theater, with him and a woman named Hollis Resnik doing, like, five different sketches. It must’ve been Second City. He was doing these five hilarious characters, and I was hired to understudy him. So sitting in rehearsals watching him, I was like, “How in the hell am I supposed to understudy this genius with his crazy characters? I don’t think I am up to this task.” Fortunately, I never had to do it.
My response to that was to get this three-quarter headshot—like, knees to head—with this huge foam latex cock about the size of my forearm and fist that I’d made for a play. I got a headshot taken with this thing hanging out of my fly and just looking defiantly at the camera. I sent it to everybody in town. [Laughs.] That was my response to being told I was gonna be playing bus drivers: “Oh yeah? Have you seen my dick?” And wonderfully, two people in town got it and thought it was really funny, and they put me in plays in their theaters.