These Audition Tapes from ‘The Office’ Shed a Light on What Could Have Been

The Office shouldn’t need a proper introduction, but here it goes for one of the arguably greatest series in modern day television.


In 2005, a group of Americans were tasked with adapting beloved British series The Office. They rose to the high expectations and managed to create a successful comedy that ran for nine seasons and 201 episodes.

The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it is filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track.

The Office initially featured Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B. J. Novak as the main cast; however those weren’t the only now-household names that took a stab at getting their name on the lineup.

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In a released audition tape it shows many celebrities auditioning for the renowned roles of Dwight, Michael and Jim. The likes of Seth Rogan, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Scott, all took a stab at it, and it’s obvious why they weren’t chosen.

Anybody other than Rainn perceived Dwight to be a creepy grandma’s basement weirdo, and nobody caught the essence of Michael Scott like Steve Carrell.

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It’s impossible to picture anybody else in the roles that panned out, but it’s a peculiar light seeing what could have been

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