Earlier this week, NBC posted a behind-the-scenes outtake of Thursday’s “Parks and Recreation” episode: “Article Two.” In the episode, Patton Oswalt guest stars as a concerned citizen who filibusters Leslie Knope’s bill to repeal many of Pawnee’s archaic laws. Some of these include “A white man can buy any Indian’s property for 25 cents” and “Any woman who speaks out against a man will get an egg cracked on her face.”
Nonetheless, the producers of “Parks & Rec” encouraged Oswalt to improvise the content of his filibuster. The result was an eight-minute, completely unscripted video of Oswalt pitching the plot for the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII.” Not only does the movie span the entire Star Wars universe, but the Marvel universe as well, featuring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, “Clash of the Titans” characters, and the X-Men all interacting in a zany sci-fi plot. Fans and stars alike were stunned at Oswalt’s accumulated fanboy knowledge (as well as improv ability), and the video became a sensation.
As a tribute, Jef Castro of EW made a fictional movie poster for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Gauntlet of Infinity”, featuring many of the characters Oswalt mentioned in a genre-typical poster full of dramatic stares and poses. The tagline at the top reads, “The Female Part’s a Little Underwritten.” Indeed, no females even appear on the poster. Already the movie poster has become an internet hit, and it only makes Oswalt’s Star Wars rant more ludicrous and enjoyable.