‘The Office’: Rainn Wilson Went ‘Full Out’ Dwight in This Very Physical Cold Open Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Office has some memorable chilly opens that pack so much right into a small period of time. In The Office Season 2, Episode 17 titled “Dwight’s Speech,” a spontaneous soccer sport breaks out within the workplace and, it seems, based on co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, Rainn Wilson went “full out” for the scene and a few individuals obtained pushed round.

Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute on 'The Office'
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute on ‘The Office’ | Dean Hendler/NBCU Photo Bank

‘Office Ladies’ podcast offers the behind-the-scenes scoop

During the Apr. eight installment of the Office Ladies podcast, Fischer and Kinsey dive into the “Dwight’s Speech” episode, starting with that very bodily opening scene.

Michael and Dwight are throwing a soccer, discussing one thing about company — after which issues actually escalate shortly, leading to Dwight pushing B.J. Novak (Ryan), Kinsey, and Leslie David Baker (Stanley) to the bottom and shoving Creed.

“I will never forget this cold open. Do you want to know why?” Kinsey asks. “So Jim steals the ball, he tosses it to Phyllis, Phyllis tosses it to Creed… Dwight runs over in only the way that Rainn Wilson would do.”

“Rainn is… he goes full out, guys. If the script says ‘tackle,’ ‘shove,’ you’re gonna go flying because Rainn as Dwight is like all in,” she explains. “So he tackles Ryan to the ground, he shoves the heck out of Creed, and then he runs towards Leslie David Baker, who is standing by accounting. What you cannot see is there is a petite blonde person standing behind him.”

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The scene performed rougher than it was rehearsed

It seems that whereas a stunt coordinator choreographed the scene earlier than it was filmed, it turned a bit extra bodily than was rehearsed. “Rainn runs at Leslie and like Heismans him, basically, really gives him the stiff-arm shove. Leslie was not expecting it. It wasn’t really in the script that he was going to shove Leslie,” Kinsey shares.

She continues, “Let me inform you one thing, Leslie was not prepared for that shove… Rainn got here at him full throttle and shoved him. Leslie went flying, he misplaced his stability utterly. He went virtually butt-over-head, however there was somebody straight behind him… a tiny blonde individual.

“So when Leslie lost his balance he started steamrolling back and I was under that,” Kinsey explains.

“It’s crazy because I remember that we practiced that forever and I kind of remember it because all I do is sit at the reception desk,” Fischer recollects, questioning if she wanted to be there in any respect.

Angela wasn’t presupposed to be a part of it

Kinsey went on to share how generally, as on this scene,
accounting characters would come out from their desks for response pictures.

“Leslie did not think he was going to fall. He did not fall in any of the rehearsals… he wasn’t shoved that hard,” Kinsey notes. “So Leslie went flying and collided into me, and then rolled backwards on top of me.”

“And after the take, everybody was like ‘Oh my god, Creed! Are you OK?,’ ‘BJ, are you OK?’ And then they have been like, ‘Oh my god, Leslie!’ as a result of Leslie actually went down exhausting. They’re like ‘Leslie, are you OK?’ They pulled Leslie up and Oscar goes, ‘Oh my god… Angela?’”

Kinsey factors out that Stanley is not in that scene about 5 seconds later. “I don’t know how it went down, but I think he got knocked down and then got up and was like, ‘Nope!’” Kinsey notes.

The pair reiterated that the soccer toss was deliberate, however Fischer provides, “Angela getting squashed was not planned.”

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