‘The Office’ Star Rainn Wilson On Near-Death Experience: ‘This Is How I’m Going to Die’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Rainn Wilson could also be referred to as the affable Dwight Ok. Schrute within the NBC favourite, The Office. The actor has additionally appeared in quite a few different tasks together with Mom, Utopia, and (forthcoming) The Power. While the audition course of may nonetheless rattle Wilson’s nerves, it’s nothing in comparison with the day he had a near-death expertise.

Rainn Wilson stated that is the ‘best way to go’

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Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

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Five years after Rainn Willson ended his 8-year stint on The Office, he appeared within the feature-length movie The Meg. The film, as IMDb describes, is a couple of “deep-sea submarine is attacked by a Megalodon: a 75-foot living fossil and the largest shark to ever exist.”

Wilson, who performed Jack Morris within the film, advised USA Today about his film demise.

“I hope that mine is up there among the greatest shark deaths of all time,” Wilson stated. “If you don’t get eaten in a shark movie, there’s a possibility you’re in the sequel. But if you do get eaten, well, what a way to go.”

His last scene in The Meg was minimize — one thing the actor didn’t but know.

“The cut I saw, I was in half,” Wilson stated. “I’m disappointed. Especially since I’m finding it out from a reporter. But I guess they couldn’t show half a corpse hanging from a bloody whale. Maybe it will be on the DVD.”

That stated, he defined in one other interview with the identical outlet what his perfect method to “go” can be.

“Being eaten by a shark would be a good way to go,” he stated. “Think of all the embarrassing, humiliating ways to go.”

As horrible as that sounds, Wilson had a near-death expertise (during which no sharks had been concerned) that left a long-lasting impression.

‘The Meg’ traumatized Wilson for that reason

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Despite the jokes, Wilson revealed whereas filming The Meg, he couldn’t assist however consider the 1978 movie, Jaws. All of the scenes Wilson filmed within the water, he stated, didn’t require a lot performing. The concern was actual.

“Still to this day, if anything brushes my leg in a body of water, it could be a branch in a lake, I immediately think it’s a shark about to bite my leg off. Thank you, Mr. Spielberg,” he stated.

“Acting that a shark the size of a Greyhound bus coming at you, you just tense up and scream.”

A have a look at Wilson’s ‘near-death experience’

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Wilson’s demise in The Meg is the work of Hollywood magic. In actual life, nevertheless, The Office star got here face-to-face with demise in a very completely different approach.

During a typical drive to Home Depot, Wilson tried to regulate the seat as he merged onto a traffic-laden Los Angeles street. Just them, the seat rolled over his hand.

“I was pulling out into traffic and got my hand stuck when the seat slid forward onto my finger. So I was trying to drive down Van Nuys Blvd, but I was in excruciating pain,” he recounted. “It was awful.” 

He went on to clarify that whereas his hand remained caught, he was unable to drag the van off to the facet of the street and, with all of the visitors, feared the worst.

“I couldn’t stop the van so I’m thinking, ‘This is it, this is how I’m going to die. I’m going to die in this (expletive) van with my hand stuck underneath the seat,’” he stated.

“I’m not scared of a shark attack because it would an amazing way to go. I’m ready to meet my maker. I’ve had a good run,” he added.

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