‘The Office’: Why 1 of the Stars Was Nicknamed ‘The Statue’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone on

It’s not a secret that The Office is a really humorous present. The stars additionally discovered it fairly humorous and generally that made it exhausting to movie scenes. Jenna Fischer admitted she couldn’t make it via Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) scenes. Find out which one of many stars didn’t have that downside and was nicknamed “The Statue.”

Angela Kinsey mentioned Steve Carell was sadistic whereas filming ‘The Office’

Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone on 'The Office'
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Fischer and Angela Kinsey talked concerning the episode “Email Surveillance” on Office Ladies podcast. They identified a scene the place Michael (Steve Carell) is doing the robotic for a very long time.

“Oscar’s (Oscar Nuñez) trying to get a word out and Steve just keeps doing the robot thing,” mentioned Fischer. “I remember shooting that. So in the script, that was not supposed to go on that long. That was supposed to be like a quick little thing but Steve really dragged it out and that was an example I think of some of his just brilliant comedic timing.”

She believed there was a motive behind him doing issues longer than what was scripted. “I honestly think that Steve would drag things out like that to see when he could get all of us to break,” Kinsey mentioned. Fischer added, “And we would break.”

Kinsey joked, “He’s a little sadistic that way. He would be like ‘Oh you haven’t broken yet? How about this?”

Kinsey referred to as Oscar Nuñez ‘The Statue’

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The podcast hosts acquired to speak about one other episode the place Carell improvised with Nuñez. That can be “Gay Witch Hunt,” which begins with Michael having to apologize for utilizing a homosexual slur whereas speaking to Oscar. Nuñez was a visitor on Office Ladies.

“Oscar, you never break,” Fischer mentioned to Nuñez. “You never break!” She mentioned they might rely on one hand the variety of instances he broke whereas filming the entire present.

“My nickname for Oscar was the statue because he never broke,” Kinsey revealed. She did level out that his inform for when he wished to snicker was a small grunt that nobody may actually hear.

This was a very good talent for this episode as a result of Carell improvised quite a bit with Nuñez. That included the scene the place Michael kisses Oscar on the lips.

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“Originally he hugs you and he was supposed to go in for a kiss,” Fischer mentioned. “But he chickens out and is supposed to like kiss you on the forehead or something.”

She then added, “But I remember sitting in that room and when Steve said the line ‘I want you to burn this into your brains’ that was the moment. We were like ‘That was not scripted. What does Steve have in his head right now?’”

Nuñez thought Carell was going to hug him and it caught him off guard that it was a kiss on the lips. He nonetheless managed to maintain a straight face all through the scene and so did most of his co-stars.

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