‘Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks to Menace ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 5
See? We knew nothing could bring down the great Mike Ehrmantraut. As distressed as we were to learn that 'Breaking Bad' star Jonathan Banks (theoretically) wouldn't be present for the show's final eight episodes, the one-time menstruation expert needn't wait very long for his next gig. Banks will next bring his menacing mug to season 5 of 'Parks and Recreation,' but as whom? And will his character take full measures against the Parks Department?
Looks like Leslie Knope is about to get a lecture in half-measures. HitFix has exclusively confirmed that 'Parks and Recreation' season 5 has hired 'Breaking Bad's (formerly) unstoppable hitman Jonathan Banks to appear around the season's sixth episode. Banks will take the role of Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott)'s father, in an episode that sees Leslie meeting her D.C.-bound paramour's parents.
But how did such a casting decision come about? "We were working the character description of Ben's dad," explains 'Parks and Recreation' show-runner Mike Schur, "and I said aloud, 'He should act like Mike Ehrmantraut. So somebody said, 'Well, why can't we just get Jonathan Banks?'" Schur continued gushing about the actor and his time on 'Breaking Bad,' pointing out the writing room's affection for him:
To me, at this exactly moment in time, he's everyone I know's favorite actor. After that arc, he's the actor about which we've spent the most time talking in the room over the last year. It's awesome. He's going to be here at 2 p.m. today and everyone's geeking out. A lot of the writers are coming up with reasons to be down on the set today.
Banks joins an impressive year that includes ‘Delocated’ star Jon Glaser as a new nemesis for Leslie Knope, Lucy Lawless as a new love interest for Ron Swanson, as well as guest turns from U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (California), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and even Arizona senator / former presidential candidate John McCain. It was also recently announced that occasional 'Parks' guest-star and current 'House of Lies' lead Ben Schwartz would reprise his role as hipster "Jean-Ralphio" for at least one episode.
What say you? Do you think Banks' imposing presence can carry over to comedy? Will Ben's father be able to tangle with the great Leslie Knope? Take a full measure by commenting on the casting below!