‘The Office’: Why Rainn Wilson Wanted John Krasinski to Really Hit Him for This Iconic Jim and Dwight Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
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One iconic Jim and Dwight second from The Office concerned the 2 teaming up on a gross sales name, the place followers received to see a little bit of their historical past collectively — and an epic second when Jim smacked Dwight throughout the face. Rainn Wilson, who performed Dwight, appeared genuinely surprised by the slap, for an excellent purpose.

Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson on 'The Office'
Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson on ‘The Office’ | Mitchell Haaseth/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

Inside the ‘Traveling Salesmen’ episode of ‘The Office’

During the August 19 episode of the Office Ladies podcast, hosts Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey reviewed season three episode 13 “Traveling Salesmen,” through which Dunder Mifflin workers are paired as much as go on gross sales calls.

Dwight and Jim are paired up — and viewers discover out they used to do gross sales calls collectively prior to now. Their approaches are very completely different, with Dwight needing to psych himself up by blasting the music “Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue” forward of assembly a shopper.

“Leave the keys,” he tells Jim once they get to the shopper’s workplace. Jim asks, “You still do that thing?”

Dwight begins the automotive, blasts the music, and rocks out… whereas Jim waits.

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Jim slaps Dwight in a memorable scene

As the 2 enter the workplace constructing, Jim holds the door for Dwight to go first, then Dwight goes on a rant about why he gained’t enter first.

Mid-rant, Jim slaps Dwight throughout the face and he seems fully startled as Jim then lets the door shut on him, smirking as he walks in.

Dwight’s rant consists of the statistic that “Seven out of ten attacks are from the rear,” whereas Jim causes, “Okay, well that still leaves a 30% chance that I’ll attack you from the front.”

“Uh, yeah but it’ll be easier to stop. I can always block the blow, I can counter it…,” Dwight says, then Jim slaps him throughout the face.

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There’s a narrative behind this Dwight and Jim second

Dwight seems fairly shocked to be on the receiving finish of Jim’s smack and, whereas it’d seem that the slap was improvised, Fischer confirmed that it was a scripted second.

“Then, in like mid-sentence, Jim just hauls off and smacks Dwight,” Fischer defined through the podcast. “And he is shocked… he can’t believe he’s been attacked from the front.”

Kinsey revealed, “Also, he’s about to break. Rainn is about to laugh, you can totally see it.”

“Oh, 100%,” Fischer added.

Fischer stated a fan requested if Jim was speculated to smack Dwight “because Rainn looked truly shocked.”

“Well guys, this was a scripted moment but there’s a reason why Rainn was surprised, even though it was scripted.”

Kinsey additional famous that on the DVD commentary, Wilson and Krasinski talked concerning the scene. “And Rainn asked John to hit him harder. He was like, ‘I want you to hit me hard.’ And here’s the thing about Rainn — he’s very method, you guys.” She recalled when she slapped him within the “Casino Night” episode that he advised her to hit him more durable.

“You can totally tell that he was taken aback,” Fischer famous. “And it ends up making a scripted moment look unscripted.”

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