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If we're going to sustain 22 episodes a year for the next 10 years, we need that ensemble to fill out the office.
I've worked in many offices myself, yes. I get paid a little bit more than the six dollars and twenty five cents an hour I got when I worked at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Yorkfirst as a receptionist, then an assistant office manager, then an assistant in events coordination. But I was let go. I was fired by my boss because he literally said to me, 'I want someone to work for me who when I say 'jump' says 'how high.' He literally said that cliché with a straight face. And the ironic thing is so many of the people that worked there went around in those little wheelie carts, so they couldn't jump at all.
I have to hand it to NBC. They've done a great job sticking with this show and they really do believe in it comedically. And yes, there really is a groundswell that is growing in support for the show. It's so funny because you read these things about our ratings and about our demographic. Our best demographic is young males, like college students and twenty-somethings love it and then rich people love it. Rich families with incomes over a hundred thousand dollars. So you've got rich people (laughs) and young guys especially watching it, and a lot of young girls too.
Oh, of course, I did this movie, Sahara, and all the Clive Cussler nerds were on the boards for months beforehand talking about how wrong the casting was. And how sure they were gonna mess up Clive Cussler's masterpiece. Well, you read Sahara and it is a piece of crap action movie. They just tried to take some action sequences and get some good actors in there and have a little fun with it. You can't listen to them.
The UK series of The Office was viewed by many as a milestone in TV, and the idea of it being redone in the US was thought of by its fan base as blasphemous. But to the show's credit, it works and captures its own distinctive aesthetic slant... It's interesting. That thought never crossed my mind how blasphemous it would be to do an American major network recreation.
Working with Steve Carell because he's such a di... Can I say that? No, I'm totally kidding. The great challenge working on this show for me is wearing polyester all day long and having the worst haircut known to man at the top of my head and sitting under fluorescent lights. That is America, people. Polyester, bad haircuts, under fluorescent lights.
Playing Arthur, I'm sorry to sound sappy, but it was a gift from the Gods. I've always been a working actor and I've always made my living in acting for a long time. I'd been auditioning for that show, I knew the casting directors pretty well. Arthur was the fifth character I auditioned for on the show. They kept bringing me in for parts and not finding anything for me. I actually wasn't supposed to audition for the part of Arthur, I was auditioning for one of the gay choir members from David's choir. Then I read about that part and went, 'Oh my God, that's perfect for me.' And I asked permission to read for it right then and there. I went in and auditioned without any preparation whatsoever and I think that probably helped me because I didn't overthink it. It was an amazing experience. Those shows are so well written and so well acted they're like little one-hour movies. So in a way I got to do like twelve or thirteen little one-hour movies as a very interesting and complex character. Everyone was really cool. Alan Ball, all the artists behind that show, were just so supportive and great and that really helped launch my career. I'm really grateful to the show for that.
I did a little bit of picketing. I played a lot with my three-and-a-half-year-old son, which was good...And I went to Israel and I did some writing. And I worked on my backhand with my Zen tennis coach.
What's interesting is the show allows for the awkward pauses to be captured, which makes it stylistically unique, especially for American audiences.
Well, Dwight was born to be No. 2 and I don't think he would know what to do as a leader. But he loves following. He would have made a great fascist.
There's like ten minutes when it's like, 'Okay, wait, who is this guy again?' And then, you know, I just put on the calculator watch and the glasses, and just be all, you know, inappropriate. And then it just works out fine.
There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.
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The great challenge working on this show for me is wearing polyester all day long and having the worst haircut known to man at the top of my head and sitting under fluorescent lights. That is America, people. Polyester, bad haircuts, under fluorescent lights.
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