Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his small-screen debut on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” Obama’s right-hand man filmed a cameo for the show back in July, when the critically acclaimed program was filming in Washington.
Biden has always been an object of admiration for the show’s main character, Leslie Knope. He plays himself in what producers called a “scenelet,” inside the White House.
Fox News reports
that news of the filming was kept secret because producers didn’t want to have to give equal screen time to possible nominee Paul Ryan. The show’s producer, Michael Schur, told The New York Times
there would have to have been special accommodations made to give Ryan equal screen time.
“It was all very byzantine and complicated. There seem to be all kinds of specific rules, which I never fully understood. But we decided to err on the side of caution,” Schur said of the filming’s secrecy.
Biden isn’t the first real-life Washington politico to star in the show. The series’ arc took a turn to D.C. earlier this year, and Olympia Snowe, Barbara Boxer, and John McCain all made guest appearances on the program.
“It’s one of my favorite shows … I’m a fan, it’s hilarious,” McCain said in a video regarding his cameo. “The whole schtick about an election, and being elected and now coming to Washington. And of course, Amy is such a talented actress. My experience with her goes back to hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ a long time ago.”
Biden, too, is a fan of “Parks and Rec.” A comment a Biden staffer emailed to The Times read:
“I had a great time filming that scene. It was a real honor that in my sitcom debut I got to meet someone like Leslie Knope, who believes so deeply in public service," he wrote. "She’s an example for men and women across the country that there’s no higher calling than helping other people. On a personal note, I’ll never figure out how Leslie Knope got my home phone number, but that really just shows how committed she is.”
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