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Parks and Recreation - Aziz Ansari Interview

Q: The third episode of the season revolves around the Twilight books, and a few months ago, you live-tweeted the Twilight movies rather passionately. Did you have anything to do with making the storyline happen on the show?
Aziz Ansari: No, but it did help that it was still pretty fresh in my mind, that I knew the movies, I knew all these details. I haven't seen [the episode] yet so I don't know what made it in, but there's a lot of scenes where we improvise stuff, and I remembered real things from Twilight, and I had real questions. That was the funny thing, because Donna is in the Twilight group and she's read all the books and knows everything, and I'd read a little bit and had a discussion with her for real, so it actually worked out really well for the arc of the story.

Q: Have you actually read any of the books?
AA: I haven't read any of them, I just saw the first two movies. When I did the [MTV] Movie Awards, those were obviously the big movies, so I watched those two movies for research for that, so I knew a little bit about the Twilight world.

Q: So you were kind of a consultant for Parks and Rec.
AA: Yeah, I'm a consultant I guess!

Q: Will we see Tom get back together with his ex-wife this season?
AA: I don't know, it's a surprise! That's what the first two episodes deal with, what Tom's romantic arc is. He has a new girlfriend Lucy, and his ex-wife Wendy, and Wendy's dating Ron now, and it's kind of what happens with that triangle in the first two episodes.

Q: What kind of other "big-city" things do you want to see Tom do?
AA: Maybe start his own clothing line? That sounds like something Tom would want to do, opening up a men's store or a gentleman's club, something like that. I think those are all things he's interested in. They definitely give me a lot of fun things to do as Tom this season.

Q: You have a movie, coming up, 30 Minutes or Less. What can you tell us about it?
AA: Myself and Jesse Eisenberg are best friends, and Danny McBride is the bad guy in the movie, and [he] and Nick Swardson put a bomb on Jesse and tell him he has to rob a bank. I play Jesse's best friend, so we rob the bank together, so it's kind of a bank robbery comedy. It's directed by Ruben Fleischer, who directed Zombieland. You haven't seen the four of us yet in a movie like that, and those pairings are something you haven't seen yet, so it's a good combo.

Q: Are you rooting for Jesse to win the Golden Globe for The Social Network on Sunday?
AA: That'd be great! I thought that movie was so good. I'm so glad I saw it after I worked with him because I would have been so intimidated. He's a really amazing actor.

Source: Buzzsugar

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