Parks and Recreation producer Michael Schur was familiar with Chris Pratt’s acting talents precisely because his wife, J.J. Philbin, was a writer and producer on The Lonely Hearts, in which Pratt appeared in eight episodes. And although Pratt was only invited to play Andy, Ann’s boyfriend, for a few episodes, it was the scene when he listed a number of potential names for his band where it became obvious that he would be a series regular.
Communication with Uprox, “Parks and Recreation” – Shura was asked when he realized what talent he had in Pratt. He mentioned the scene in Season 1, Episode 6 (“Rock Show”) when Andy had trouble (one of many times) figuring out what his band name should be. It turns out that Pratt’s improvisational skills caught Schur’s attention. “The real explosion for me was ‘Rock Show’ when he spoke to all of his previous band names. He improvised about 30 more than we wrote, and they were all great,” Schur said. , also revealing that Pratt wrote his own love song “Andy” to sing to Ann.
Looking back even at the first few episodes where Pratt played Andy on Parks and Recreation, it’s very easy to see just how talented he was comedic even then. However, when it comes to him eventually becoming the current action star we see him today, his TV bosses, when asked if they were surprised, shrugged. When asked if he was told about Pratt’s success back in the Parks and Recreation days, Schur replied, “I would keep looking at that person with hope, waiting for him or her to tell me something amazing.”
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