The Office is a creation from the brilliant mind of Ricky Gervais. It was created only for us lucky ones in Britain originally, however as usually the case, the US decided to copy. The US version of The Office has seen huge success, starring Holywoods very own Steve Carell and Chris Pratt.
Here are 21 things you perhaps didn’t know about the US TV hit.
1) Season 1 of the office was actually shot out of a real office in Culver City, California. However in Season 2, they actually moved filming to a sound stage. They did aim to recreate the setting, and it was a success, with the new office looking identical to the previous.
2) Angela Kinsey, who plays the role of the cat loving accountant Angela Martin, was actually a phone operator when she auditioned for the show. She worked an for 1-800 dentist phone line. Not quite the glamorous start to a career.
3) Rainn Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott, the role portrayed by the ingenious Steve Carell. How different the landscape of the show would have been. We’re rather thankful Carrell got the gig.
4) On the back of that little fact, it’s surfaced that Seth Rogen actually auditioned for the role of Dwight. Imagine if alongside the comedic wit of Carrell, we had Seth Rogen as well starring. I mean we all love Rainn, but it’s a shame there was no place on the show for Seth.
5) Kate Flannery, who plays the role of Meredith Palmer, the office drunk, actually originally auditioned for the role of Jan Levinson, who is currently played by Melora Hardin.
6) Michael Schur, who played Dwight’s cousin Mose in the show, actually also created Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. What a rather talented chap.
7) The Office played host to a somewhat hidden character, who never actually spoke. Luanne, was spotted in several episodes throughout the three seasons. She became part of the furniture. Silent furniture.
8) Phyllis Smith, who actually was an assistant casting director for the show, was offered the role of her namesake, Phyllis Vance after reading lines for the part during auditions.
9) Another thing you definitely won’t have known about Phyllis Smith, she’s actually a former cheerleader for the NFL and even a burlesque dancer. Yep, that’s right, a burlesque dancer.
10) John Kranski, known more for his performance as Jim on the hit show, was actually responsible for the opening credits as well. John shot the footage for the opening sequence.
11) Creed Bratton used to actually be in a band, “The Grass Roots”, and he’s actually playing a fictionalised version of himself in The Office.
12) Continuing on with Creed. In Season 3 we see him on the karaoke, and the track he’s singing is actually his own hit track, “Spinnin’ N Reelin'”
13) The hit line “Dwight, you ignorant slut” is actually a homage to Dan Aykroyd on SNL’s Weekend Update.
14) Steve Carrell was not originally intended to play Michael Scott in The Office. He originally had another role in an NBC comedy called Come To Papa, which meant he was actually unavailable for The Office, with Bob Odenkirk originally lined up to play the main character. In a twist of fate, Come To Papa was cancelled after just 4 episodes, meaning Carrell could return to take the lead.
15) The infamous scene where Jim proposes to Pam at a service station, actually cost a huge $250,000. The service station actually had to be custom made by the production team.
16) The on screen kiss that Oscar and Michael was supposed at first to be a hug, however Steve Carrell worked an improvised kiss into the scene.
17) There’s actually a video game out for The Office. The PC game was released in 2007, and encourages players to complete tasks and pull pranks.
18) In Season 4, there is a scene where Jim signs Meredith’s cast, however he actually writes “John Krasinski”, which is the actors real life name.
19) Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam, has revealed she actually kept the engagement ring she received from Jim, but played down its true worth.
While true that I kept the engagement ring Jim gave to Pam, it was a silver prop ring, not worth $5,000, and I do not wear it in real life. https://t.co/h2M1Y8iEPI
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) April 5, 2017
20) The footage we say showing flashback footage of Jim and Pam’s wedding in Season 9, was actually only recreated during one of the last days of shooting.
21) The Office initially didn’t get the best ratings, but NBC correctly predicted Steve Carrell was to be a huge star following the success of the 40 Year Old Virgin, so they opted to renew the show.