We’re now 3 1/2 years on from the end of The Office, the American version. It’s a pretty well-loved sitcom in North America, much like the original was a huge hit in the UK.
But could you imagine The Office if all the characters we’ve come to love were played by different actors? I mean, every show and film goes through a casting process where they mull over a few different actors for a few different roles, but we generally don’t get a chance to see that.
And I mean, had Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson not been cast as Michael and Dwight, respectively, we might not have felt this magic:
Which is not to say outright that the show would be any less funny if it were cast differently – there were some pretty big names that came out to audition, like Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen, Judah Friedlander, Kathryn Hahn, John Cho, Adam Scott… And you know, if Carrell hadn’t come along, I think Bob Odenkirk would’ve made an excellent Michael Scott.
The folks in charge of the show liked his audition as Michael so much that they decided to make him the Michael Scott of the Philadelphia office where Pam interviewed for a job… Remember that?
Even though these days he’s more recognizable as Saul Goodman, if you remember back 20 years ago, you might remember Mr. Show with Odenkirk and David Cross. In case you didn’t know, the two teamed up again for their new show, W/ Bob and David, which picks up where Mr. Show left off, and is totally worth the watch in my opinion. It’s on Netflix, but here’s one of the first scene’s you’ll see if you decide to give it a watch.
And of course, all the other actors in there have gone on to be (or continued to be) successful, but The Office COULD have had a very different feel… Then again, I guess you could say that about anything.