In a 2020 interview Stir Crazy with Josh HorowitzBen Schwartz said that every time he does a project, he takes props, just like he collects items at Comicon events, because he’s a “funny little nerd.” This is definitely a great way to collect souvenirs that will remind him of all the different projects he has done over the years.
“There’s an episode on Parks and Recreation where we make our own money and throw it around,” Schwartz said. Instead of the president in the middle, the faces of Tom and Jean-Ralphio are depicted on the banknotes. Schwartz didn’t keep counterfeit money to scam people, but joked, “You can give it to anyone.” Presumably he kept it because it’s a fun reminder of some of the best scenes with Jean-Ralphio in Parks and Recreation. Printing counterfeit money and scattering it like confetti in their office instead of actually running their business and making a profit is emblematic of Tom and Jean-Ralphio’s humorous relationship in the series.
Schwartz also added that, interestingly, counterfeit bills actually cost more than a dollar to make. Somehow this also fits in with Tom and Jean-Ralphio’s business model.
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