Last week, Chris Pratt made 90% of the men in America (margin of error +/- 10%) feel like worthless sacks of buttermilk slobbery when he Tweeted out the above selfie from one of his new workouts for his role as Star-Lord in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy film. One of the things that most people have been wondering is how this is going to translate to Pratt’s fulltime gig as the lovable oaf Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Obviously, we’d expect them to explain how the guy who takes his shirt off when he gets frustrated is suddenly in better shape than Chris Traeger, but showrunner Michael Schur recently told TV Guide that the current plan is to simply not address it at all.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
While a Burt Macklin Fight Club scenario sounds AMAZING, I still think the best idea would be to say that Andy has simply been hanging out with Chris while April has been away at vet school, and he’s just suddenly ripped because all they do is workout. Then, every woman in Pawnee becomes infatuated with Andy, but he’s completely clueless as to why they’re all over him.
But I don’t want to be that guy who tells the writers and showrunner of his favorite show in the world how to do their jobs, but in case they read this and like my idea, they can use it for free and just have April sort of wink at the camera and scratch her left ear so I’ll know.