LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Nick Offerman arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of HBO's "The Last Of Us" at Regency Village Theatre on January 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
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Nick Offerman Kept Using Bill's Tools To Fix Stuff On The Last Of Us Set
Nick Offerman is the kind of actor that brings a little piece of himself to every character he plays: He has the stoic man's man Mr. Fix-It quality that his character Bill does in “The Last Of Us” and loves woodworking just like his “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson. This not only helped him land a role on “The Last Of Us,” but led to him fixing items on set.
Offerman’s woodshop sponsored a little league team for some years, and it just so happens that "The Last of Us" writer and showrunner Craig Mazin's son was on that team. Originally, Bill was supposed to be played by Mazin's "Chernobyl" actor Conn O'Neill, but he had to drop out due to his "Our Flag Means Death" schedule, and Offerman was brought on instead.
Offerman’s hobbies carried over onto the set of “The Last Of Us.” In an interview with Empire Magazine, Peter Hoar, director of Offerman's big episode, stated, "Nick is Bill. There were so many times on set, he would be fixing things because all of Bill's tools were everywhere."