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The Truth About The Office Revealed

Now regarded as a classic with a rich backstory
and history all its own, the US version of The Office was a revolution in TV comedy. Here are some untold truths even the most
hardcore, Dundie-winning viewer may not even know about this binge-worthy show. When The Office hit NBC in 2005, its large
ensemble cast was populated with many up-and-coming actors of the era, including Steve Carell,
fresh off a major role in the 2004 hit comedy Anchorman. He was reportedly the producers’ first choice
to play Michael Scott, but he’d already booked a role on another NBC sitcom called Come to
Papa. In his absence, producers brought in comedy
icon Bob Odenkirk, one-half of HBO’s Mr. Show with Bob and David. When Come to Papa was canceled after four
episodes, Carell was free to head to The Office, and Odenkirk apparently got the boot. “Fire me!” Other notable names who almost wound up on
The Office include Adam Scott, who auditioned to play Jim Halpert a few years before he
scored a role on Parks and Recreation. Seth Rogen unsuccessfully auditioned to play
Dwight Schrute before his movie career took off. And long before he won an Emmy playing Cam
on Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet was up for the role of Kevin Malone. Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer played intra-office
enemies on The Office — the tightly-wound, judgmental Angela Martin was always extra
and openly hard on mild-mannered Pam Beesly — especially where party planning was concerned. “I’m just trying to figure out why you’re
sabotaging things.” “I made brownies.” “And I made cookies. Same category.” That dynamic of cruelty and resentment is
surprisingly the opposite of the one shared by these actresses in the real world. These two are literally best friends, as stated
by Kinsey on Instagram in 2017 when she posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the “Booze
Cruise” episode and captioned it: “My bff [Jenna Fischer] found this photo of
us from the Booze Cruise episode of [The Office] and texted it to me. […] Steve Carell told us that no matter
what happened with the show the thing we’d take away from it would be the friendships
and boy was he right.” According to another Insta post, their friendship
blossomed when the two women met at The Office — Kinsey calls Fischer, quote, “the gal
who would become my anchor through life.” These two besties appear on one another’s
Instagrams a lot — like the time they wore matching hoodies with their Office characters
last names written on the back, or when they attended the Emmy Awards together. According to Parade magazine, Kinsey even
took the friendship to the next level when she asked Fischer to serve as godmother to
her daughter, Isabel. Dunder Mifflin accountant Oscar Martinez is
openly gay, a dimension officially added to the character in Season 3. Actor Oscar Nuñez told StarPulse: “I was just playing a character then in the
middle of the first season or the second season they made him gay. [Office writer] Greg Daniels comes up to me
and is like, ‘Hey, do you mind if we make your character gay?'” Oscar’s sexuality was revealed in an episode
titled “Gay Witch Hunt,” in which Michael Scott teases Oscar and casually uses an anti-gay
epithet. Oscar reports the offense, which leads Michael
into accidentally “outing” Oscar to the entire Scranton branch. Michael then tries to calm Oscar down and
prove to others that he isn’t homophobic by forcing Oscar into a hug and a kiss on the
lips. That last bit wasn’t scripted, by the way. According to show writer Paul Lieberstein,
Michael was supposed to kiss Oscar on the cheek, but in one of the takes, Carell wouldn’t
let Nuñez turn away. The cast reportedly couldn’t contain their
laughter while filming the now-classic bit of Michael Scott weirdness. Every office archetype is represented on The
Office, but is there any real-life workplace weird guy anywhere near as bizarre as Creed
Bratton? Creed shares a name with the guy who plays
him, and this actor has lived a unique life, too — though not as sinister. “I’ve been involved in a number of cults
both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower but you make
more money as a leader.” Like his character, the real Bratton was a
member of the popular ’60s folk rock band The Grass Roots before becoming an actor — and
when that didn’t pay the bills, he also worked as a caterer, stand-in, and extra. In 2004, while working as regular background
actor, he befriended TV director and Grass Roots fan Ken Kwapis. When Bratton heard that Kwapis was working
on an upcoming American version of Ricky Gervais’ The Office, he decided to just go for it and
asked Kwapis for a role. Unfortunately, there weren’t any available,
so Kwapis hired Bratton for more background work. Once on the set, Bratton devised a do-it-yourself
plan to work his way into the vast ensemble show. He observed the main cast doing its “talking
head” confessional bits, and then wrote and taped his own confessional segment in character
as an extreme version of himself — an old hippie who never quit his hippie ways. He passed the tape along to The Office producers,
who liked it enough to incorporate Creed into the show. “Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets
away with it. The last person to do this disappeared. His name? Creed Bratton.” Pop culture has long provided lofty couple
goals — those absolutely perfect, in-sync pairs of dewey-eyed lovers destined to be
together. We’re talking couples like Kermit and Miss
Piggy, and Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley from The Office. Played by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer,
Jim and Pam’s sweet, admirable romance slowly developed over the first few seasons of The
Office in a realistic-yet-magical way. “I’m in love with you.” “What?” Perhaps that magic was so palpable because
the actors behind Jim and Pam had an off-screen spark, too. Fischer revealed in a 2016 interview on Watch
What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: “There’s like a real part of me that is Pam
and a real part of him that’s Jim and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one
another.” That’s really just some introspective actor-speak
about bringing one’s soul into a performance, but Krasinski still tried to temper his former
co-star’s remarks. In a total buzzkill move, the actor told The
Daily Beast: “I’m sure she was trying to say something
nice about how genuine the acting relationship was, of bringing a relationship that became
that popular onscreen — and I think we both feel it’s such an honor to be a part of that
relationship.” During and after his time playing Jim Halpert,
John Krasinski developed a second career as a director. He’s helmed the feature films Brief Interviews
with Hideous Men, The Hollars, and A Quiet Place, in addition to three late-run episodes
of The Office. But one of the first things he shot after
he got his big break will probably be seen by more people and more often than any big
movie he may ever direct. Before it launches into a rapid-fire montage
of clips of each of the show’s main actors, the opening credit sequence of The Office
features some grainy shots of what appears to be its main setting of Scranton, Pennsylvania. According to TV Guide, Krasinski took a fact-finding
research trip to the real Scranton when Los Angeles-based production on The Office began. He took a video camera with him and gathered
footage of landmarks in and around the real home of a fake paper company. Producers liked it so much that they decided
to include it in the series, and the rest is TV history. Created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant,
the British version of The Office was successfully exported to the United States — likely because
the doldrums of white-collar work is a universal theme. Gervais and Merchant helped develop the NBC
take but reportedly allowed producers and writers to localize it to the specific vagaries
of an explicitly American workplace. It seems awful bosses and boring office jobs
are an international language, and different takes on The Office have aired all over the
world. According to BBC News, nearly all of them
take place in a sad branch office with a boss who is odious in his own unique way. “I think that pretty much sums it up. I found it at Spencer Gifts.” The Indian version of The Office centers on
a suburban New Delhi branch of paper company Wilkins Chawla. La Job aired in French-speaking Canada, and
was about the Montreal-area office of Les Papiers Jennings under a manager named “David
Gervais.” Germany’s Stromberg was an unofficial remake
that was so similar to The Office that the BBC threatened to sue, until the names of
Gervais and Merchant appeared in the credits. Israel, Chile, and France also produced their
own Office shows, but official remakes set to air in Russia and China never got off the
ground. According to The Washington Post, John Krasinski
and Jenna Fischer’s big scene where Jim finally proposes to Pam ended up costing a lot more
than producers dreamed it would. Executive Producer Greg Daniels wanted the
rest stop proposal to go down at an actual rest stop along the Merritt Parkway on the
East Coast. The show decided to fly out the cast and crew,
but once the team discovered it was going to cost about $100,000 when all was said and
done, everyone flew back to Los Angeles. The crew reportedly found a parking lot behind
a Best Buy instead and built a remarkably accurate-looking replica of an East Coast
rest stop. Daniels told The Washington Post: “It was, like, a $250,000 shot or something. It’s the most expensive and elaborate shot
we’ve ever done, but it’s also sort of the highlight of five years of storytelling.” At least Fischer got to take home a souvenir:
During a 2013 interview, the actress admitted that she swiped Pam’s engagement ring as a
keepsake. Despite wrapping up with full and definitive
endings for most of its characters by the time it stopped airing new episodes in 2013,
the appetite for a reboot of The Office was going strong by late 2017. In the wake of successful revivals of Twin
Peaks and Will & Grace, TV Line reported that NBC had started the process of bringing back
The Office for the 2018-2019 season. Just in case it couldn’t get the old gang
back together, network sources said that the show would focus on a combination of old and
new characters — and that actor Steve Carell as Michael Scott would definitely not be returning. That return to Scranton never materialized
— something which is just fine with Carell. In October 2018, the actor told Esquire that
he thinks the world has changed too much for The Office to work today. Carell revealed: “I mean, the whole idea of that character,
Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. A lot of what is depicted on that show is
completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive
things today.” “There is no such thing as an appropriate
joke. That’s why it’s a joke.” While there has yet to be an official Office
spin-off, a previous idea for a spin-off of the beloved show did wind up on air for seven
critically-acclaimed seasons, but it wasn’t an Office spin-off by the time it entered
production. In 2008, it was reported that Saturday Night
Live star Amy Poehler was set to sign on to star in an Office spin-off, alongside stand-up
comedian Aziz Ansari. Right around the time the news broke, Deadline
reported that NBC had clashed with Office developer and the new show’s co-creator, Greg
Daniels, over what kind of show it should be. The network reportedly wanted a direct spin-off,
while Daniels wanted to do a show independent of The Office, but in the same mockumentary
style and with the same dry tone. Supposedly, there was even a “meet in the
middle” solution. Office writer, producer, and cast member Paul
Lieberstein came up with an idea to technically connect the two shows. According to TV Guide, a copier would break
on an episode of The Office, and viewers would see it loaded onto a truck, fixed in a warehouse,
then trucked off to a place by the name of Pawnee, Indiana, where it would come to rest
in the city’s parks and recreation office. That segue didn’t happen, but a show set in
the Pawnee parks office starring Poehler and Ansari, as well as former Office cast member,
Rashida Jones, certainly did. Its name? Parks and Recreation. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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Cesar Sullivan

36 thoughts on “The Truth About The Office Revealed

  1. I love Dwight.
    I love Micheal.
    I love Pam.
    I love Jim.
    I love Phylis.
    I love Stanley.
    I love Erin.
    I love Meredith.
    I love Angela.
    I love Oscar.
    I love kelly.
    I love Ryan.
    I LOVE Kevin.
    I adore…….. CREED!

  2. I don’t like the character of Pam. The characters have to SAY how pretty and great she is. She’s basic looking and lacks personality. 😑

  3. Honestly I had to watch a few different episodes before I literally became obsessed with this series I binge watched the whole entire series on Netflix seriously probably under a month and now I’m literally obsessed it’s the only thing that I find myself wanting to watch

  4. Thank god no one else played the characters on the show. This show is so adored yet still so underrated at the same time.

  5. Honestly, Jenna implying she and John genuinely loved one another(at least the "Pam and Jim parts") was super cringe. I think she thought John would play along or say something cute. But he very nicely and diplomatically was like "miss me with that!" and even says she must have been misquoted. Nah…..she says what she says…….

  6. I live right outside Scranton and I can confirm I have worked in a office exactly like this numerous times. You'd be surprised what goes down in a Commonwealth at will working state. Lol. Most people here could care less about offending people.

  7. I’m glad there’s not going to be a reboot because this show ended so perfect it doesn’t need to come back. Also they will never be able to create it to be as amazing as it once was. This happens almost every time a show is rebooted. I’d love to see a reunion interview special with the whole cast though! It would be great to have them all discussing where they think their character might be today, and just getting to see them all together again would be amazing!❤️

  8. Your videos might actually be interesting if your "untold truths" were actually facts that people haven't heard 10000 times before.

  9. Oscar being gay was confirmed in season 2, not in season 3. It wasn't outright stated, but it was visually made clear. It wasn't until season 3 when he would be publicly outed.

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