Roy Hibbert reflects on his Parks and Recreation cameo
Eric Koreen Dec 28, 2011 – 5:58 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011 9:54 PM ET
When Roy Hibbert, left, learned Derrick Rose had planned to make a TV appearance, Hibbert start thinking about what show he would like to be on.
.Comments Email Twitter inShare.0.NBA players had different ways of staying busy during the lockout. Roy Hibbert decided to try his hand at acting. The Indiana Pacers centre played himself on two episodes of Parks and Recreation, the NBC comedy that a few different critics (here and here) have called the best show of 2011. On the show, Hibbert played an employee of Entertainment 720, the ill-defined, money-bleeding company co-owned by Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz, whom he helped dunk). Before his team played against the Toronto Raptors, Hibbert talked with Post basketball writer Eric Koreen (also a fan of the show) about the experience.
NP How did the role come about?
RH My fiancée and myself watch this show called The Good Wife. I read somewhere that Derrick Rose was supposed to be on an episode, but I guess after a game he came back and was tired. The network, CBS, sent out a limo and had a flight already set up for him. But he missed the limo, missed the flight, overslept. I started thinking to myself, ‘What TV show do I watch that I want to be on?” I watch Parks and Rec. It’s set in a fictitious city in Indiana. I called my agent. He called [Saturday Night Live creator] Lorne Michaels. And we went from there.
NP Did you have a good time on set?
RH I had a great time. I was only in three scenes. But I was there for 10-11 hours. It was so fun. Hopefully I can go back.
NP Had you caught up on what was happening on the show?
RH Oh, yeah. I’ve seen every episode. At that point in time, I’d watched every season, every episode. I knew what was going on. They threw a couple of angles at me — maybe a love interest — but I liked what they had me do.
NP There was a bit of a lockout joke in your first appearance. Were you worried about that?
RH I didn’t even know. Half of the stuff that they said wasn’t even on the script. They just went off the top of their heads. They’re such great comedians that they decided to roll with it. I was laughing half of the time I was there.
NP Who’s your favourite character on the show?
RH I’d have to say Ben Schwartz, who plays Jean-Ralphio. He’s a close friend of mine now, too. We talk all the time. I go see his comedy shows whenever I can in L.A. I like him a lot.
NP Did your phone blow up after the cameo?
RH I got a lot of Twitter messages. That was fun. Seriously. I did two episodes. Hopefully I can go back and do a third.