‘The Office’: Why The Show Almost Took a Very Different, Dark Turn

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s the 15th anniversary of The Office. The present shortly grew to become a cult basic and gained a big following after its premiere. It’s one of many few reveals which you could rewatch the episodes time and again and nonetheless chortle on the jokes. But The Office that we all know and love today was virtually a really totally different undertaking. Here’s how The Office got here to be what it’s today.

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John Krasinski virtually bombed his audition

Back when John Krasinski was auditioning for the position of Jim, he was one of many final individuals to go in.

“Through the front door came a guy with a salad who sat across from me on the couch and he said, ‘Are you nervous?’ ” Krasinski recalled within the new ebook The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene. “And I stated, ‘Not so much for the audition, but I’m actually nervous for the people who find themselves making this present as a result of so usually these translations are simply such rubbish and I actually hope they don’t screw it up as a result of so many individuals are ready to kill this present.’ “

“And Greg Daniels said, ‘I’ll try my best. I’m Greg Daniels. This is my show,’” Krasinki stated. “I went into the room and everyone was laughing at me because I was such a moron. Everyone was like, ‘Is this the jack*ss that told you the show was going to be ruined? Go for it, kid.’ Weirdly, because everyone was already laughing, the room was really warm and ready to go.”

Unreleased episodes

Though a number of hilarious storylines have been featured on the present, some by no means made it.

“I wanted to do an episode where it started at the beginning of the lunch break and everybody just went off and we followed everyone, what they did for lunch. It would almost be a real-time episode,” author Jen Celotta stated. “I wanted to see them outside — I mean, we do see them outside of the office, going on a job-related mission, or at a party, but I wanted to see the reality of the everyday lunch.”

Who was virtually solid as Michael?

Michael Scott was probably the most iconic characters within the sequence. Now, it’s arduous to think about anybody apart from Steve Carell within the position, however there have been loads of different actors thought of, together with Dan Aykroyd, Cedric the Entertainer, Owen Wilson, and Matthew Broderick.

“They made an offer to Paul Giamatti, and that was the days when movie stars did not do TV. So he said no,” casting director Allison Jones recalled. “Then we tried Philip Seymour Hoffman and he said no as well. Back then, actors like that did not touch TV. It was seen as the bottom of the barrel, let me tell you.”

Bob Odenkirk was within the operating for the position together with Carell.

“He was excellent and had a good take on the character,” NBC Entertainment division president Kevin Reilly stated within the ebook. “But Bob had an edge to him. His take on Michael was just as funny as Steve’s, but it was darker.”

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