Nick Offerman almost passed up the opportunity to play Bill in HBO’s The Last Of Us, had it not been for the encouragement of his wife. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the former Parks and Recreation actor revealed that it was because of his partner, Megan Mullally, that he joined the project, citing scheduling conflicts, and the rest is history.
Calling his wife the “curator” of his involvement in the HBO adaptation, the third episode has since broken viewership records for a third week running, and has become a ratings success. The third chapter was the first in the series to differ significantly from the source material and in FlickLuster’s review, hailed as one of the best episodes of television ever produced. Had Offerman turned the project down, things could have turned out differently. You watch the full Jimmy Kimmel Live interview at the link below.
During the interview, the actor explained that Craig Mazin, who penned the script for last week’s Bill and Frank-centric story, sent him a draft, describing him as a man who “seems to know what he’s doing.” Offerman said he “didn’t have time on the calendar to say yes to this job, and my incredible goddess of a wife read it, and she said: ‘you’re going to Calgary, buddy! Have fun – you have to do this’.” We have to say, we’re glad Megan said it.
In other The Last of Us news, the PC port was delayed by three weeks to give Naughty Dog the time to get the game “in the best shape possible” before release. With so many new potential players interested in the game thanks to HBO’s series, it’s no surprise they want a little longer to add on some extra polish.
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