Actor and comedian Ben Schwartz is campaigning for a cameo in an upcoming season of Stranger Things. The Netflix drama series took the industry by surprise when it released last year and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The series has since earned numerous accolades, and audiences are already excited to return to Hawkins, Indiana, as well as the harrowing Upside-Down world, later this year in Stranger Things‘ second season.
Of course, a new season means new stories and new characters. There’s no shortage of actors and actresses who want to take part in the upcoming season, including Ben Schwartz. The actor is famous for his portrayal of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on Parks and Recreation, and when Stranger Things aired, audiences noticed the uncanny similarity between Schwartz’s character and Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington. Some people believed that Steve was Jean-Ralphio’s biological father, which is a fan theory both actors subscribe to.
Ever since the fan theory was “confirmed” by the actors, people have been clamoring for Schwartz to appear on Stranger Things in some capacity. He once joked about having a cameo on the show in which Steve and Natalia Dyer’s Nancy Wheeler open a cardboard box and find an Eggo in it; then the Eggo unzips and Jean-Ralphio appears. Although he was just joking at the time, Schwartz really does want to film a cameo on the show. He recently said on Larry King Now, “I would love to show up on Stranger Things.”
Larry King followed up by asking why Netflix hasn’t had Schwartz on the show yet, especially since he looks like Keery, but the actor didn’t have an answer. Schwartz then told the legendary host that he should tell the streaming service to put him on the show. After all, King does have “more pull” in the industry. King then spoke directly to the camera, saying, “Put him on Stranger Things!” Since Schwartz was having Larry King campaign for him already, he thought he could get away with a few more requests, so he asked the host to tell people that he also wants to be in a Marvel movie and a Pixar movie.
While there are certainly fans out there who would love to see Schwartz and Keery interact on screen, it seems unlikely that the Duffer Brothers would fuel that fan theory, despite the comical comparison. Even though Schwartz may not appear in the upcoming season of Stranger Things, there are several others that are, including Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Will Chase, Brett Gelman, and Linnea Berthelsen.
Stranger Things Season 2 premieres on Netflix on October 31, 2017.
Source: Larry King Now