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'Parks and Recreation' Nabs Newt Gingrich for Cameo in 'Random Chance'

December 5, 2012 (4:46 am) GMT
The former Republican presidential candidate filmed his cameo at St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indiana where the NBC sitcom was shooting.

"" has just landed a cameo appearance by another politician. Newt Gingrich will appear on the NBC sitcom after he bumped into the cast of the show when they were filming an upcoming episode which features a bachelor party for Ben.

On Monday, December 3, , , , , and Jim O'Heir were shooting at St. Elmo Steak House in Indiana. Coincidentally, Gingrich who was in the town to meet Gov. Mitch Daniels stopped by the restaurant for lunch.

"It was a completely random chance. But you can't pass up an opportunity like that," co-creator Mike Schur told the Indianapolis Star. Thus, he talked to the episode's writer and director to incorporate Gingrich into the storyline.

Gushing about the surprise cameo, Lowe tweeted, "Latest surprise drop by on set: Speaker Newt Gingrich! So we made up a scene and put him in!! #AllHappeningInIndy." He additionally said to the Indianapolis Star, "I love, ironically, that we had to come to Indianapolis to have Speaker Gingrich. No, we didn't have him in Washington. We have him at St. Elmo's."

Gingrich commented on his cameo, saying, "It was great fun. Always fun to do something like that. I had a small role on a Candice Bergen show many years back." He also revealed that he enjoyed his conversation with Lowe, "It was especially great chatting with Rob Lowe. We have a mutual interest in General Grant and the Civil War."

"Parks and Recreation" previously enlisted senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia J. Snowe for cameo appearances. Vice President Joe Bidden was recently also featured on the show. They all shot their scenes in Washington D.C. last summer.

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