The Terrible Advice Paul Rudd Gave Steve Carell About The Office

In “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office,” Steve Carell remembers how Paul Rudd — and most people he knew — doubted whether the American version of “The Office” would ever work.

“[Rudd] said, ‘Ugh, don’t do it. Bad, bad move. I mean, it’s never going to be as good.'” Carell recalled, according to Esquire. 

The actor who Carell was up against for the role of Michael Scott was none other than future “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” star Bob Odenkirk, who reportedly portrayed a more “cerebral” version of the character compared to Carell’s “sweet and simple” take, said casting director Allison Jones. Executive producer Ben Silverman describes in the book how Odenkirk nearly landed the job, but it was Carell who wound up swooning them. “We still had Bob as somebody we were in love with as a comedic performer,” Silverman writes. “But Steve, even though he’s from the Northeast, had such a Midwestern-accessible, lovable comedic energy, like the great primetime sitcom stars of the fifties and sixties. He had that thing. There was something about us that wanted to soften the character. Bob has hard edges, like he has angularity to him. He’s brilliant, but he literally has angularity.” 

Thankfully, Carell didn’t take Rudd’s advice. And when it comes to the World’s Best Boss, the rest is history.

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