How Will Parks and Recreation Address Chris Pratt's Rock-Hard Abs?
Andy Dwyer is no longer the chubby shoe shiner we fell in love with.
In case you missed it, Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt is going to star in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy — and he's certainly been preparing to play a superhero. Earlier this week, Pratt unveiled his rock-hard body on Instagram, and noted that he got his new defined abs by going six months without beer. But that puts his NBC comedy into quite a predicament because Andy Dwyer has never been one to exercise.
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"I was as shocked as everybody," executive producer Mike Schur tells TVGuide.com. "I obviously knew he was getting in crazy good shape for this movie. He had already started by the time we wrapped last year. We'd been through this once before when he did Zero Dark Thirty, but not like he is now. That picture was insane."
So how will Parks deal with Pratt's svelte new body? "The only possible explanation for why someone looks that good is that they're planning to play a superhero in a summer blockbuster," Schur says with a laugh. "There is a joke that I wrote in the premiere that I think we'll probably shoot that is a little tiny acknowledgement or nod to the fact that he looks very different to the way he normally looks. I don't think beyond a little joke about it that we'll end up doing anything significant. We're not going to suddenly say that Andy became a fitness nut because that doesn't ring true."
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The only time Andy actually ever exerted himself was when he was training to become a police officer, which means we may see more of Special Agent Burt Macklin once Pratt finishes shooting Guardians. "If Burt Macklin were a real person, that's probably what he'd look like," Schur jokes. "Maybe we'll do a Fight Club thing where some of the scenes will be Andy looking like he normally does and some of the scenes will be Burt Macklin looking like he currently does."
What do you think of Pratt's new body? How would you liked to see Andy use his new abs? Hit the comments!
Parks and Recreation returns for Season 6 on Thursday, Sept. 26 on NBC.