Rainn Wilson


  1. Will Arnett, Arrested Development, TV,  2003-2006.    During the  final auditions, Arnettt’s won Jason Bateman’s brother,  George Oscar Bluth – or Gob –  a most  un-magic magician. But fame was just around the corner for Wilson when joining The Office, TV, 2005-2013, as Dwight Schrute  – for 188 episodes based on  fhe UK hit.  Both shows were shot in mock- doc fashion.
  2. Steve Carell,  The Office, TV,  2005-2013.   In the hunt for a US version of Ricky Gervais for the US take on his classic BBC mockumentary series, NBC tested Wilson.  He  admits his reading for Michael Gary Scott was  ”a terrible Ricky Gervais impersonation.”  The producers agreed butfell for his take on Dwight Kurt Schrute III…  For Scott, NBC also saw Hank Azaria, Bill Chott, Ben Falcone, Paul Giamatti, Thomas Lennon, Ken Marino,  Bob Odenkirk, Nick Offerman, Martin Short, Paul F Tompkins, Alan Tudyk and Jim Zulevic.  Wilson lasted the full 187 epsiodes as Dwight while Carell (a Jon Stewart protégé on The Daily Show) threw in the towel after 138 chapters.

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