The Office premiered on NBC in March 2005, and introduced the world to some of the most memorable characters in television history, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert. It was the talented actors behind these colorful characters that brought the boring 9:00 to 5:00 office job to life. For eight seasons, these characters made us cry, made us laugh, made us cringe, and even made us want to work in an office. Prior to taking on the roles of Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam – actors, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were essentially unknowns aside from Carell who had landed supporting roles in the comedies Bruce Almighty and Anchorman. However, thanks to the success of the show, these actors were skyrocketed into stardom, turning their character’s names and their real names into household names. We’ll always identify Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, and John and Jenna as Jim and Pam, because their portrayals of these characters were so genuine that for us – they seemed real. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the roles of the famous Dunder-Mifflin staff, but back in 2003, NBC auditioned several now well-known actors. They didn’t make the cut, but they were pretty darn close.
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