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The Parks & Rec Character Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Played

Parks & Recreation had various memorable celebrity cameos, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was almost one of them, but ultimately, he couldn’t pay a visit to Pawnee. After a difficult first season that feels very different from the rest of the series, Parks & Recreation ended up becoming one of the best TV shows of the decade, and its popularity was such during its run that Pawnee welcomed various celebrity guests, from actors and athletes to politicians, with some of them staying for a couple of episodes and others only appearing in one, sometimes with little to no dialogue at all.

Parks & Recreation took the audience to the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, where Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her friends and coworkers from the Parks Department did their best to make their town better every day, but that was much easier said than done. Leslie and company went through many ups and downs, always infused with a lot of humor, and over the course of seven seasons, they met some interesting characters and real-life celebrities and politicians, and they almost met the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, but his cameo appearance couldn’t happen due to his role in politics at the time.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Played Mayor Gunderson in Parks & Rec

Parks Rec Bill Murray Mayor Gunderson

Speaking to EW in 2015, Parks & Recreation co-creator Michael Schur revealed that their first option for the role of Mayor Gunderson was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mayor Gunderson was a very peculiar character, as he was mentioned various times throughout Parks & Recreation but wasn’t seen until the series’ penultimate episode… during his funeral. Mayor Gunderson appeared as a corpse, as the people of Pawnee paid their respects (and Ethel Beavers revealed they had been lovers for over 40 years), and he also appeared in a video message he left to be played at his memorial service.

According to EW, Schur and company planned to never show Gunderson’s face unless they could find someone truly special for the role, and at some point in season 3, they considered Arnold Schwarzenegger for it. Rob Lowe was friends with Schwarzenegger and reached out to him to get him to guest star, with Schur adding that they planned on never explaining why Mayor Gunderson had an Austrian accent. However, Schwarzenegger was unable to take the role while still in office, as at the time he was the Governor of California, so the role went to Bill Murray, and that’s a story on its own.

Parks & Rec Had Many Unforgettable Celebrity Cameos

Parks Rec Paul Rudd Bobby Newport

Bill Murray’s appearance as Mayor Gunderson in Parks & Recreation became one of the show’s most memorable moments, but Pawnee welcomed many other big names in its previous seasons. Among Parks & Recreation’s most memorable celebrity guest stars and cameos are Kristen Bell as Eagleton’s councilwoman Ingrid de Forest, Jon Hamm as an employee even more incompetent than Jerry, J.K Simmons as Minnesota’s Mayor Stice, Andy Samberg as a very loud park ranger, Paul Rudd as Bobby Newport, and Patricia Clarkson as the evil Tammy One, Ron Swanson’s first ex-wife. Parks & Recreation also had various politicians playing themselves, most notably Michelle Obama and Joe Biden, the latter Leslie’s biggest crush. Having Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Mayor Gunderson would have been the cherry on top in Parks & Recreation’s final season, but Bill Murray’s appearance was also very special and funny.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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