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Sam Elliott To Play Ron Swanson’s Rival On Parks And Recreation

Submitted by on July 30, 2013 – 8:55 amOne Comment

If there were an Emmy for casting, the folks at NBC’s Parks and Recreation would deserve it. Their latest genius move comes amid reports that gravel-voiced, mustachioed icon Sam Elliott will play a rival counterpart to Nick Offerman‘s gravel-voiced, mustachioed icon, Ron Swanson.

Elliott will reportedly appear in an episode already slated to feature Kristen Bell as a city councilwoman from Eagleton, the wealthy, perfect rivals of the show’s hometown of Pawnee. Showrunner Mike Schur described Bell’s character as a “richer and better dressed” equivalent of the series’ lead, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler.

It’s hard to imagine Elliott playing a rich, well-dressed character, but he will presumably bring some Eagleton glamour to the position of Head of Parks and Rec.

Elliott is a screen legend from films like Tombstone, The Big Lebowski, and numerous western TV movies and shows. His craggy demeanor, appearance, and voice were all arguably influential on Offerman’s portrayal of Swanson. (An appearance from Bobby Knight or Mike Ditka might be similarly appropriate.)

Other great guest stars on the show have often circulated around Swanson: Lucy Lawless (of Xena: Warrior Princess fame) as his love interest; real-life wife Megan Mullaly as his fiery nymphomaniac ex; and veteran actress Patricia Clarkson as his icy sociopathic ex.

The show has also featured Paul Rudd as a pitch-perfect, cheery, idiotic heir; Patton Oswalt as an obsessive fan boy; and several cameos from Washington insiders during Knope’s trip to DC.

What do you think of the latest Parks and Rec casting news?

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