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Best Burt Macklin Costume Guide
Burt Macklin is an alter ego of the Andy Dwyer character on Parks and Recreation. He is played by actor Chris Pratt and appears in several episodes of NBC’s hit show. Andy brings out the persona of Burt Macklin when he feels the presence of law enforcement is warranted, such as when role-playing with April’s ‘Janet Snakehole’ alter-ego, questioning local teenagers about vandalism, or solving usually insignificant crimes such as who threw a pie, and even to help Leslie obtain a copy of her birth certificate.
A fun character, Burt Macklin is a popular one on Parks and Recreation even though he is seen quite infrequently. If you want to pretend to be Burt Macklin in the same way that Andy Dwyer does, you’ll need a Yellow Shirt, Classic Brown Striped Tie, FBI Jacket, Black Pants, Brown Aviator Sunglasses, Black Boots and FBI Name Tag.
Burt Macklin Cosplay Costumes
Since appearing on Parks and Recreation, Chis Pratt’s star has risen out of site with starring roles in the massive blockbuster Jurassic World films, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. So it is no wonder that the Burt Macklin character is so popular despite only appearing in the show a handful of times. Maybe you want to get some friends together to dress like Pratt’s other characters, like Owen Grady from Jurassic World or Star-Lord (Peter Quill) from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Or, if you just love Parks and Recreation, Burt’s counterpart Janet Snakehole would be a great combination costume for you to share with friends, or even other characters from the show like Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson. If you decide to dress as Burt Macklin, don’t forget to submit some photos to our Halloween Costume Contest!
Burt Macklin Costume Tips & FAQs
Embark on a comedic and thrilling adventure with our Burt Macklin costume guide FAQ, inspired by the hilarious alter ego of Andy Dwyer from “Parks and Recreation.” Get ready to channel the spirit of Pawnee’s most eccentric FBI agent as we answer your burning questions about perfecting Macklin’s outrageously fun look.
Burt Macklin's costume is humorously simple yet iconic. The key elements include a light blue dress shirt, a navy blue tie, dark sunglasses, an FBI jacket (or a regular jacket with an 'FBI' badge attached), and a pair of khaki pants. Don't forget his signature confident smirk and over-the-top demeanor for the full effect.
To create Macklin's FBI jacket, you can start with a basic windbreaker or jacket in navy blue or black. Attach an 'FBI' badge or patch prominently on the jacket – you can either purchase a replica badge online or create a DIY version using fabric or paper. The badge is a crucial element, as it highlights his character's over-exaggerated law enforcement persona.
Burt Macklin is often seen wearing classic aviator sunglasses, which add to his comically serious FBI agent look. Choose a pair with a thin metal frame and dark lenses to mimic his style. These sunglasses are not just a fashion statement but also a key prop in portraying Macklin's exaggerated and dramatic character.
To truly embody Burt Macklin, adopt a confident, almost comically serious demeanor. Macklin is known for his exaggerated expressions, dramatic pauses, and a deep, serious voice. Practice delivering lines with an overly dramatic flair and maintain a straight face to perfectly capture the essence of this beloved character.
Adding Burt Macklin's memorable quotes or catchphrases will bring your costume to life. Some of his iconic lines include: "Burt Macklin, FBI. The best damn agent they had until I was framed for a crime I didn't commit: Stealing the President's rubies.," "Macklin, you son of a bitch.," "I'm thinking of getting a job at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, just so I can throw away the Beyond section.," "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." and "You thought I was dead? So did the President's enemies." These quotes capture Burt Macklin's over-the-top and humorous nature, making them ideal for adding character to your portrayal.
About Burt Macklin
Burt Macklin is an alter-ego used by the Andy Dwyer character on NBC’s cult classic Parks and Recreation. The character is played by the now Hollywood heavyweight Chris Pratt. Burt Macklin pops up at various times throughout the show whenever Andy feels that hard-nosed law enforcement is needed. Usually, the situations are quite minor, but almost always could be seen as the criminal offense of impersonating an officer.
His attempts at law enforcement almost always fail too, like when he interrogates a teenager about vandalism but the young man ends up making him cry. He does use his fake power for good on some occasions though, like in Season 4 when he helps Leslie get her birth certificate from an unhelpful clerk, or when he successfully solves the mystery of who threw a pie at Leslie during a campaign event. Funnily enough, considering Chris Pratt’s eventual starring role in Jurassic World, the middle name he gives for his Burt Macklin character is ‘Tyrannosaurus.’