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The Memorable Parks And Recreation Character Who Was Supposed To Be A One-Off

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John Balma plays the lovable and hilarious accountant Barney Varmn in “Parks and Recreation.” He started out as a minor character in Season 2, Episode 14 (“Leslie’s House”), talking about taxes and making bad puns during a presentation to try to save his accounting class. Later in the season, he appears in the episode “Telethon” to give the same presentation to the telethon’s viewers. And that was the end of his run … at least, it was supposed to be.

In a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Balma revealed that he received a call to reprise his role as the beloved accountant in Season 4, this time to offer Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) a job at his accounting firm, Tilton and Radomski (via BuzzFeed). Ben eventually turns down the job offer and moves on to other projects, but Barney is still hopeful that Ben will return to the accounting firm — setting up Balma’s periodic reappearances in the show. A running gag throughout the series after this moment is how many times Ben turns Barney down for a job, but no matter what, Barney remains unfazed and adores Ben regardless of his choices. This happens so often that “Parks and Rec” fans feel bad for the way that Balma’s character is treated and appreciate his thoughtfulness and tenacity. After going from a one-off character to a beloved part of the show, Barney will forever have a soft spot in the hearts of many “Parks and Rec” fans.

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Addams Family Star Recalls How He Almost Played Gandalf in Lord of The Rings

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Many of the greatest stories from Hollywood are those about actors who almost took on iconic roles that ended up going to another actor. Whether it is Tom Cruise potentially being considered as Iron Man, Russell Crowe as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings, or Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star Wars, there are an endless number of what-if scenarios out there. Another such case of what might have been had recently been discussed by the iconic star of the original The Addams Family TV series, John Astin, who opened up about his audition to play Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

John Astin, the father of Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, played Gomez Addams in the classic 60s TV series, but the actor could have become famous to a whole new generation for another reason had he been cast in the role of Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson’s epic movies. While the part was eventually played with relish by Ian McKellen, Astin revealed that his audition was just not quite what Jackson was looking for. Speaking to AV Club, he said:

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Everything has its place in time, and while John Astin’s version of Gandalf will never be seen on screen, his portrayal of Gomez in The Addams Family has always been one of the benchmarks for the character when being performed by subsequent actors. With Netflix bringing a new take on The Addams Family to screens in the Tim Burton series Wednesday, it will be interesting to see how Luis Guzman’s interpretation of the head of the family compares to the likes of Astin, and of course, Raul Julia, who played the role in the 90s movies.

When it comes to Lord of the Rings, Ian McKellen has played Gandalf in all three movies and The Hobbit trilogy, but we are about to see a whole new iteration of Middle-Earth come to life in Amazon Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power later this year. Bringing a whole new story of Tolkien’s world set many years before the events of the movies, the series promises to be a visually stunning feast, but how it will hold up in the storytelling stakes is something we have yet to find out.

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The Untold Truth Of Josh Brolin

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By 2017, Josh Brolin was a bona fide A-lister. He reached the point where he doesn’t call people, they call him. However, showbiz never fails to find an opportunity to humble its performers, proving that fame is more temporary than WWE’s 24/7 champion. Brolin experienced this firsthand when he was cut from George Clooney’s “Suburbicon”: a film co-written by the Coen brothers, who directed him in “No Country for Old Men.”

Clooney explained the decision to Entertainment Weekly, discussing how it pained him to cut the scenes where Brolin portrayed a baseball coach but it had to be done. “After we did our first screening, the one thing that became really clear to me was that [the scenes] let the air out of the balloon, in terms of the tension in the film,” he said. “I had to write him this awful note where I just said, ‘You’re not going to believe it, but these scenes really don’t work anymore.'” Clooney added that Brolin was disappointed and wondered if he’d let the team down with his performance, but the director sent him the scenes to show that they were hilarious but didn’t work in the overall context of the film.

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