Chris Pratt: I hope to do 'Parks and Recreation' forever
Chris Pratt, who plays the lovably dense Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation" told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he hopes the role never ends.
"I love the role, it's a lot of fun," Pratt told OnTheRedCarpet.com at a PaleyFest event on March 6. "This is sort of a dream job, I hope to do it forever. He's a great character, there's no cynicism, he has fun with life. He's not the brightest bulb, but he's got a big heart and that to me, is kind of the perfect character to play."
"You don't have to dive to any emotional depths playing Andy," Pratt continued. "You don't come home from work and think 'Aw man, I have to really shake that day off - I had to bring myself to some dark places.' There's nothing like that, it's like, 'I got to wear some rollerblades today. I got to smash some [expletive]. It's a pretty good gig."
The show follows the lives of the workers of a Parks and Recreation department of the city of Pawnee, Indiana, who struggle to survive in the tough economic climate. Poehler plays Knope, the office's deputy director.
The series also stars Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Rob Lowe and is currently on its fourth season, which premiered in September 2011.
Cast-members Amy Poehler, Pratt and Jim O'Heir attended Tuesday's Paleyfest event in Los Angeles, where they fielded questions from fans in a panel.
"Our fans are really cool and they like us and they're smart, I really appreciate their opinions," Pratt said. "They're a tough bunch, if you go on like an AV Club, our fans they really like our show, but they don't like all shows. So I love our fans because I'm on this show, if I was on a different show, I'd probably hate our fans because they're pretty particular and they're pretty hard core."
The NBC comedy series has been nominated for an Emmy four times since its debut in 2009. "Parks And Recreation" star Amy Poehler nabbed a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role on the series as Leslie Knope in 2010.
"All of the credit kind of has to go to our writers and [co-creator, executive producer, writer] Mike Schur," Pratt said of the show's popularity. "They're just really intelligent people, I mean the majority of our writers are Harvard graduates. If not Harvard, then some other Ivy League school. They're all part of academia and the Intelligentsia Mafia, they're like incredibly hard-working, intelligent people. Way smarter than I am. I just kind of show up and read the words and if it were up to me, I'm sure the AV Club would be giving me an 'F.'"
Aside from "Parks and Recreation," Pratt has appeared recently in films like "Moneyball" and "What's Your Number?" opposite his wife, Anna Faris. Pratt has also appeared in films like "Bride Wars" and on series like "The O.C." and "Everwood."
Pratt and Faris got married in 2009 after meeting on the set of the 2011 comedy, "Take Me Home Tonight."