‘Parks and Rec’ star relieved his agency isn’t shut down
BY CINDY PEARLMAN For Sun-Times Media October 8, 2013 11:42PM
"A.C.O.D." New York Premiere
Updated: October 9, 2013 12:31PM
Federal employees may be off the job in Washington, D.C., but no government worker has been deemed non-essential in Pawnee, Ind.
“We’re in the middle of shooting the season,” says “Parks and Recreation” star Adam Scott. “Thank God, we’re a fictional government agency or the Republicans would try to shut us down, too.”
Scott has other issues on his mind too. In “A.C.O.D.” (opening Friday), he plays a man who is still coping with the breakup of his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara). “I took a shine to the script because I hadn’t actually seen a divorce movie in a long time, let alone a comedy. It was really clever and funny and reminded me a bit of ‘Flirting with Disaster,’ one of my favorite movies of all time.”
The Santa Cruz, Calif., native, who plays Ben Wyatt on “Parks and Recreation,” also soon will star in the unlikely sequel “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and the Ben Stiller project “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
Q: So, you are the adult child of divorce, or A.C.O.D.
A: The character starts out as the grown-up of the family. He has all his ducks in a row with a great job and a perfect girlfriend. Slowly, he devolves into this kid. It’s the opposite of the arc we usually see in films.
Q: In real life, you really are an adult child of divorce. How did that affect your life?
A: My parents were divorced, but they had an amicable split. We had a really healthy, happy childhood and never saw any arguments. I guess I was one of the lucky ones.
Q: What’s going on this season on “Parks and Recreation”?
A: Leslie is caught up in a big fight. There is a group of citizens trying to recall her and Ben is by her side. He’s about to go through a bit of a career crisis. I have to say that I love working on the show. Amy is such a fun, generous person.
Q: When did you decide to act?
A: It was essentially from the time I saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I was 8. It was one of those aha moments. That movie is incredibly funny, exciting and scary. It’s a full meal. I just knew I wanted to do that … give people a full meal.
Q: You had some very lean years between the Ashley Judd film “High Crime” (2002) and “Step-Brothers” (2008). How did you survive during that time?
A: From 22 years old on, I made my living acting doing guest spots on shows and also borrowed money from my parents and my grandparents. I always managed to get an episode of “NYPD Blue” when I really needed it. Looking back now, I’m happy I found my own way. It’s not to say I’m sitting on top of a mountain now. I feel like I’m still getting started.
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