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Lucy Lawless On 'Parks And Recreation': She Almost Played Tammy

Lucy Lawless has made it no secret she loves comedies.

The "Spartacus: Vengeance" star, who frequently appears on "The Soup" and guest starred on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," revealed to The Huffington Post that she was very close to sparking fear in the heart of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) on "Parks and Recreation." No, not as Xena, the role that made Lawless a star; but as one of Swanson's ex-wives.

I've read in the past that you love comedies. Is there a comedy you'd like to guest star on?
Oh, I love "Parks and Rec."

It's amazing.
Love that show. Love anything to do with Larry David.

Right, you did "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Yeah, I've done that, but you can just never get enough of that guy. He's so unusual and so -- I find him really charming.

Do you have a "Parks and Rec" character already created in your head?
Well, they did come to me about playing one of the ex-wives of --

Really!? Tammy!
Yeah, and I couldn't because I was doing "Spartacus." I would have loved to have done that, but I had a very good excuse not to. [Laughs.]

As great as Patricia Clarkson was as Tammy 1, can you imagine Lawless going toe-to-toe with Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope? The Tammy ship may have sailed, but let's hope Mike Schur and the "Parks and Recreation" crew find a way to get Lawless to Pawnee.

Check back with HuffPost TV for more of my conversation with Lucy Lawless coming soon.

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