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The Office: John Krasinski Recalls Awkward First Audition

The Office
Jim Halpert

With 57 billion minutes watched on various streaming platforms, Office has created a passionate fan base and cemented its place in pop culture. John Krasinski has revealed a humiliating experience he had when auditioning for The Office.

Krasinski had an uncomfortable encounter during his audition for The Office, according to the New York Post. Krasinski remembered his difficult audition in Brian Baumgartner (who portrayed Kevin) and Ben Silverman’s new book Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office. In response to a query about whether he was nervous, Krasinski reportedly stated,

 “I’m terrified for the person creating this show because, I mean, I just feel like Americans have such a track record of taking brilliant shows and ruining them.

The Office
Jim Halpert

The man Krasinski was speaking with turned out to be Greg Daniels, the show’s creator. The actor goes on to say that he made the green vomit face before calling his manager and telling him, “I’m going to leave now.

Despite this remark, Daniels admired Krasinksi’s candour and eventually offered him the part. Out of “pure nerd-dom,” the 23-year-old actor went on a field trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Krasinski would film the Scranton sign, which would subsequently be used in The Office’s famous opening titles. When Daniels approached Krasinski about selling the tape to the show, he provided it for free at first before selling it for $1,000.

Daniels admired Krasinski’s candour rather than resenting it

The Office
Jim Halpert
Despite the fact that Krasinski openly criticised the show’s creator, everything worked out in the end. The rest, as they say, is history. The actor went on to play the sensitive and goofy Jim Halpert, and the rest is history. Thankfully, Daniels admired Krasinski’s candour rather than resenting it. Who knows how one of The Office’s fan-favourite characters would have turned out and where a genius like Krasinski would be now if he hadn’t been cast.
Source: New York Post

Written by Prachee Mishra