Ben Schwartz already gave away that he’d met Jean-Ralphio’s Stranger Things father IRL, and as James Corden’s Late Late Show was the first to get the Parks star confirming the wild internet rumor, it stands to reason he’d be the one to finish it. Father and son are reunited in a new video, and trust us, you’ve never seen stranger.
Any mutual fans of Stranger Things and Parks and Recreation had to have noticed the resemblance between Joe Keery’s Steve and Ben Schwartz’s Jean-Ralphio, one that the latter even jokingly confirmed as a paternal link between the series. And while we may never live to see Schwartz in the Stranger Things cast, both father and son were finally reunited in an eerie, even strange video.
Netflix’s Stranger Things has raised more than a few mysteries (hell, we’ve even answered some), but perhaps the least likely of theories posited that Steve’s uncanny resemblance to Ben Schwartz could make him father to Parks and Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio. Well congratulations, internet nutballs: Ben Schwartz confirms it!
If you stuck around through the Star Wars: The Force Awakens credits (perhaps waiting in vain for a post-credits scene), you may have noticed that both Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz were credited as “BB-8 Voice Consultants” for the film. Hader spoke about his involvement only briefly saying, “JJ f–-ing around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me.” Now Schwartz has spoken about his contributions revealing that he was originally reciting written dialogue.
When the lights come up at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll notice a couple of delightfully surprising names listed in the credits — if you stick around long enough to see them and aren’t distracted by the need to run to the bathroom to get “something” out of your eye. Bill Hader and former Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz lent their vocal talents to The Force Awakens to help create the film’s most adorable star. Yes, really.
Even with 'Parks and Recreation' guest star Jean-Ralphio's increasingly infrequent appearances (a result of actor Ben Schwartz's leading role on Showtime's 'House of Lies'), the NBC comedy has gotten a great deal of mileage out of introducing the character's equally off-putting family members. First we had 'SNL' alum Jenny Slate as Jean-Ralphio's sister Mona Lisa, and now the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler as his father!
Might 'Arrested Development' season 4 be the true Holy Grail of comedy we're all hoping it to be? The more of our favorite comedic stars it adds, the more likely that possibility seems. 'Parks and Recreation' breakout and 'House of Lies' star Ben Schwartz is the latest reported to join the cast, but who will he play? Will the wall of secrecy around all of 'Arrested Development' season 4's guest castings come tumbling down?