The Last of Us Star Nick Offerman Reveals Why He Hasn’t Played the Game After HBO Series Got Review Bombed by Homophobic Fans

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Getting into a role is one hell of a job for actors at this age. The growing awareness of fans about how their favorite actors do their work and get themselves prepared for the role has ended up in a trend of fans demanding actors who do their most to perform their roles- the stars of a major production like The Last of Us TV series is one of them.


Considering the fact that the HBO Max TV series is based on a popular zombie apocalypse game, fans would expect that the actors have done a playthrough of the game at least once to really know their characters, seems like Nick Offerman wasn’t too bothered- he was playing another game!

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Nick Offerman Was Playing Banjo-Kazooie Instead Of The Last of Us

Funny thing is, Nick Offerman was never meant to play a part in The Last of Us at all. The role was awarded to a musical-based actor Con O’Neill but Offerman came in due to scheduling conflicts that the former was caught up in.

Regardless, he gave in a pretty memorable experience in the TV series as Bill, the survivalist who lives with another survivalist named Frank in an isolated town. The Parks and Recreation star would’ve been expected by fans to have some ground knowledge of the game, at least a playthrough of the original video game as mentioned above, but he does not.

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Instead of devoting his time to learning the themes of the TV series through the videogame, Offerman ended up directing his attention towards playing an old classic in videogames- Banjo-Kazooie.


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During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 52-year-old actor gave a quick no to a question by Kimmel asking if he had played The Last of Us or not. Instead, he ended up telling a story about how he never picked up any other video game after playing Rare’s Banjo- Kazooie-

“I decided I’m never going to do that again. Thankfully, because games have gotten so good… that I think I’d be in a basement and I wouldn’t even be going to audition for shows like [The Last of Us].”

Good for you Offerman, will fans be seeing him in future episodes of the hit HBO Max TV series?


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Fans Shower The Last of Us’ Nick Offerman With Validation For Playing Banjo-Kazooie

The Banjo-Kazooie series of video games is no joke despite comparisons being drawn to The Last of Us. The very first entry in the videogame series of the same name dropped in 1998 to strong critical reception, spawning a cult-like fanbase that touts it as one of the best games to have been released on Nintendo 64.

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And of course, people who love video games have ended up playing multiple classics too. The Last of Us, with the impact that it has created on the video game industry, can also be considered a classic. Fans of the TV series of the same name have given their bit of validation to Nick Offerman for at least having played one of the greatest games ever-



Valid! –


A very strong reason-

About time? –


He would’ve never been in the series! –


Nick Offerman has ended up getting a positive reaction for at least playing a game of equal stature, although he did it involuntarily.

The Last of Us is currently available for streaming on HBO Max.

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