Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Vice President Biden on Parks and Recreation
In “Leslie vs. April” filmed in top secret last July, Biden appears with Amy Poehler (as Leslie Knope) and Adam Scott (as Ben Wyatt).
After successfully running a campaign for Congressman Murray in Washington, D.C., Ben decided it was time to move back to Pawnee, where he proposed to Leslie. In the scene with Vice President Biden, Ben and Leslie find themselves back in the nation’s capital to gather Ben’s personal belongings -- but Ben arranges a surprise meeting for Leslie.
The scene with Vice President Biden was shot in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office, also known as the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. The historic chamber was recently restored to its original style. The office's large formal desk was first used by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 and has been used by many other Presidents and Vice Presidents since. The inside of the top drawer has been signed by many of the office-holders since the 1940s, including Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Walter Mondale.
"Vice-President Biden is both Leslie's political hero and her number-one celebrity crush, so meeting him is obviously a huge moment for her,” said Mike Schur, executive producer of “Parks and Recreation.” “We looked at a number of actors to OK the role of 'Vice-President Joe Biden,' and ultimately, Joe Biden himself gave the best audition."
"Meeting Vice President Biden was a thrill for me and for Leslie,” said Poehler. “He was a good sport and a great improviser. The Vice President maintained his composure while I harassed him and invaded his personal space. The nation of ‘Parks and Rec’ will be forever grateful."
During the same visit to Washington, the show – which typically films in Los Angeles -- also filmed a scene with Senators Olympia Snowe, Barbara Boxer and John McCain for the series’ season premiere episode which aired September 20.