The Untold Truth Of Dwight Schrute
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The Untold Truth Of Dwight Schrute

January 28, 2020

Former Dunder Mifflin paper salesman and assistant
to the regional manager Dwight Schrute is loud, intense, and one of television’s most
memorable dunces. However, even though the titular office’s
doors have been shuttered for a while now, there’s still a lot you might not know about
the beet-loving, karate-kicking owner of Schrute Farms. Dwight Schrute and Rainn Wilson seem as inseparable
as … “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” As difficult as it is to imagine anyone other
than Wilson playing Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s fire safety chief, it’s utterly impossible
to contemplate what would’ve happened if one famous comedian who auditioned for the role
had actually gotten it. In 2013, the final season of The Office was
released on DVD, and included in the extras is a short video revealing some of the actors
who auditioned for the series. Among other noteworthy surprises, Bob Odenkirk
of Better Call Saul fame auditioned for the role of Michael Scott, Kathryn Hahn tried
out for Pam, and both John Cho and Adam Scott took a crack at Jim Halpert. But perhaps most surprising of all is that
Seth Rogen tried his best to land the part of Dwight Schrute. “Urine is sterile. Did you know that? If you’re in the field, you can clean a man’s
wound by taking a wiz on it. That is actually in first aid books written
by the Red Cross.” What’s most fascinating about the clip is
how apparent it is that Rogen’s Dwight wouldn’t have been within a galaxy of the same character
Wilson gave us. Reading the same line, Dwight would be obnoxious
and condescending, speaking as if he were delivering the lesson to a child. Rogen seems absolutely likable, not very bright,
and not at all Schrutish — kind of like Kevin the accountant if he knew a few more
factoids and was awake for more of the day. Throughout the course of The Office, Dwight
Schrute both worships Michael Scott and has ambitions for his office. And in one of the many ways in which life
imitates art, Rainn Wilson didn’t initially audition for the role of assistant to the
regional manager. He wanted to be the big dog himself. Much like Bob Odenkirk, Wilson went into his
audition taking aim at the role of everybody’s favorite regional manager, Michael Scott. Alas, it wasn’t to be, possibly because, as
Wilson puts it, his audition amounted to a, quote, “terrible [Ricky] Gervais impersonation.” “Yeah, I originally, uhh… I auditioned for both the Michael Scott role
— the Steve Carrel role — and the Dwight role. But my audition for the Michael Scott role
was just terrible.” Considering how amazing Wilson is as Schrute,
as well as Steve Carell’s success as the equally clueless Michael Scott, it’s probably for
the best. It might be interesting to take a peek in
the alternate reality where Wilson got cast as Michael Scott. In January 2012, Deadline reported NBC was
considering an Office spin-off with Rainn Wilson starring as Dwight Schrute. The Farm would’ve been a family comedy in
a setting Office fans had grown familiar with over the years: Schrute Farms. Among others, the series would have featured
Matt Jones — a.k.a. Badger from Breaking Bad — as Dwight’s cousin Zeke, veteran character
actor Tom Bower as Dwight’s Nazi Uncle Heinrich, Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley fame
as Dwight’s Bigfoot-hunting brother Jeb, and Venezuelan-born Majandra Delfino as Dwight’s
sister Fannie. Of course, Michael Schur would reprise his
role as Dwight’s creepy, neck-bearded cousin Mose. “Ahhh!” “Ahhh!” “You remember my cousin Mose?” “Welcome children.” “Were you painting in the dark?” For better or worse, The Farm wasn’t meant
to be. In October 2012, Wilson tweeted the news that
NBC had passed on the series, although he’d, quote, “had a blast making the pilot.” The pilot for The Farm was then recut as a
single Office episode in the show’s final season. But would that story have worked as a full-fledged
series? It’s hard to say, but Vulture writer Matt
Schimkowitz notes that Dwight’s popularity came mainly from him acting as an antagonist
to Jim Halpert. Making him the lead in a comedy series about
a disjointed family that he’s expected to bring together changes Dwight’s role dramatically
to, quote, “the likable hero we’ve never seen.” In other words, maybe it’s best that we never
visited The Farm. From his obsession with having a “Second Second
Life” to his epic sales struggle with a supposedly self-aware A.I., Dwight is well-known for
some of his online shenanigans. What you might not know is that Rainn Wilson
used to maintain a blog in Dwight’s voice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist anymore, but
NBC used to host Schrute Space, which let fans read Dwight’s thoughts on different Scranton
radio stations or his invaluable martial arts tips. While NBC eventually opened the blog up to
the masses, it started as something that existed exclusively on the set of The Office. The computers on The Office’s set were networked
together, and Wilson would write the Dwight-voiced blog while scenes were being filmed so the
rest of the cast could enjoy it. Wilson told The Morning Call that during the
filming of the pilot episode, quote, “The producers saw [the blog] when they walked
by and thought it was funny.” A few emails later between NBC and Wilson,
and Schrute Space was born. Now, if only NBC would bring it back, the
world would be a better place. Oh well — there’s always Creed’s blog… “ Check it out.” In 2015, Rainn Wilson’s memoir The Bassoon
King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Assorted Tales from the Band Room was released, and like
many nonfiction books, a different author was invited to write the foreword. Namely, the foreword is credited to “Dwight
Kurt Schrute,” and it’s written entirely in Dwight’s disdainful voice. Schrute spends the first bit of the foreword
discussing why he’s agreed to write it, which he clearly doesn’t want to do. He explains: “When someone asks me to do a task, the first
thing I do is determine whether the request is some sort of trick.” While the job of writing the foreword survives
Dwight’s vetting process, he tells us he doesn’t like The Bassoon King or any books that involve,
quote, “‘funny stories’ regarding some stupid actor…” and then he promptly proceeds to
list a long number of exceptions to this which includes books by Charles Bronson, any Game
of Thrones cast member, Sam Neill, and Dolph Lundgren. Dwight calls Rainn Wilson a “laughable idiot,”
and eventually reveals he has only agreed to write the foreword for the money. Before turning things over to Wilson, Dwight
gives us some other book ideas like Mennonite Ghost Stories, a “fun games for kids” book
titled Hold This Book over a Candle, and the revealing Conspiracy Theories: Who’s Really
Behind Them? Seriously, we’ll take a whole book written
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  1. I am just watching season 7 of The Office, I am amazed that this show didn't win way more awards, it is brilliant, I love everyone on the show

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