Patton Oswalt’s ‘Parks And Recreation’ Rant Was Copied By Disney’s ‘Book Of Boba Fett’

Patton Oswalt saw the future. Or, at least his Parks and Recreation character did.

Speaking during a visit on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, Oswalt recalled a 2013 episode where he played an angry Pawnee resident who engages in a filibuster. The rambling speech morphs into a pitch of his idea for a Marvel and Star Wars crossover film.

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“So the scene was supposed to be [that] I announce I’m gonna do this filibuster and then they cut to Amy’s character, Leslie, just going ‘Oh dear God,’ and that would be the joke,” Oswalt recounted. “And then the directors and the writers said, ‘Let’s not yell cut and just see how long he’ll talk.’”

Oswalt did his best to keep it going.

“[Marvel] had not done Guardians of the Galaxy. When I say Time Gem [one of the Infinity Stones], they cut to Chris Pratt. This was way before he did Guardians,” Oswalt explained. “Also, Amy has the funniest line in the whole thing when she says the female part’s a little underwritten, which was so exactly what those movies were.”

Pratt became the star of Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, and his character would go on to find one of the Infinity Stones that Oswalt mentions in the 2014 film. Star-Lord would also fight against Thanos in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

At least one listener found some merit in the Oswalt speech.

“When The Book of Boba Fett came on [Disney+], [creator] Jon Favreau confirmed this for me, they cut the opening shot to match my filibuster,” he said. “You can sync them up time-wise… [it] pans down from the twin suns, the hand comes out of the sand, you can match it up to my filibuster. They did that on purpose.”

Oswalt previously noted that connection in a 2021 tweet, sharing a video of the two scenes. “To say I’m touched is putting it lightly,” he wrote at the time. “And yeah, #BookofBobaFett ROCKS. YOU’RE WELCOME.”

Watch the interview above.

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