On BEHIND THE STORY WITH THE PALEY CENTER, comedian Patton Oswalt hosted the outrageously funny cast of Parks and Recreation. It’s been a long, successful road for this creative team, with lead star Amy Poehler joined by Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza.
Patton Oswalt never stops. A comedian-TV-movie star with a new book under his belt, Oswalt only has more to come (some of which, he apologizes, he can’t discuss here). But Oswalt did talk to us about hosting the “Parks and Recreation” episode on BEHIND THE STORY, what he’ll miss most about Parks and which 2015 Sundance Film Festival movies he loved.
After Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan committed a penalty that may have cost his team a recent game, he received death threats on Twitter. Who would be crazy enough to do such a thing? Meet Paul Auferio (Patton Oswalt), a 36-year-old schlub who works at a dead-end day job and spends his nights calling in to a sports-radio station to proclaim his undying love for the New York Giants — and his murderous hate for the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the tragic title character in the super-dark comedy BIG FAN (airing tomorrow night at 8P on Sundance Channel).
So you’re a fan, right — of films, sex, true stories, sports teams, gelato, whatever? But are you, you know, a big fan? You can prove it by watching these movies, featuring all of the above (well, maybe not the gelato). This week three inspired-by-a-true-story films offer up heart-wrenching crime, tear-jerking redemption and ass-kicking action (not to mention hotties like Keira Knightley and Jon Hamm).
Faith Salie speaks with BIG FAN writer/director Robert Siegel and actors Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Sarafina FIore, and Gino Cafarelli. Presented by Honda, The Power of Dreams.