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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Office

The Office has to be one of the most underrated gems to ever grace the silver screen. Here are 10 things you didn't know about the show.

1

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer met during the audition.

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer met during the audition.

When John Krasinski got the role of Jim, the first thing he asked the casting director was "did Jenna get the role?" Similarly, when Jenna got the job, the first thing she asked the casting director was about John getting the role.

2

Steve Carell has only watched a few minutes of the British version.

Steve Carell has only watched a few minutes of the British version.

Steve Carell only watched a few minutes of the British version before permanently stopping such viewing because he did not want to copy Ricky Gervais' performance as the office manager.

3

Fictional company Dunder Mifflin is now an actual member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Fictional company Dunder Mifflin is now an actual member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

How about that?

4

Paul Lieberstein's role as Toby Flenderson was meant to be a one-time appearance.

Paul Lieberstein's role as Toby Flenderson was meant to be a one-time appearance.

NBC President Kevin Reilly saw the episode where Toby appeared and reportedly said "That red-haired guy is terrific, we should see more of him." Toby then became a recurring character, and the cast and crew have repeatedly lavished praise on Lieberstein's acting abilities, and he has allowed the role to expand somewhat while remaining abashed by the attention it's brought to him.

5

Rainn Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott before being cast as Dwight Schrute.

Rainn Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott before being cast as Dwight Schrute.

Then-Universal Pictures chairman Stacey Snider first suggested Carell to the producers. But Carell took a job on the NBC sitcom Come to Papa. Daniels also looked at Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), David Koechner (who later played traveling salesman Todd Packer), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) and even Wilson, who was obviously more suited for Dwight. But Come to Papa quickly flopped, and NBC let Carell test for Michael Scott. "He nailed it," says Silverman. "The rest is history."

6

A pilot for a Dwight centered spin-off called "The Farm" was shot.

A pilot for a Dwight centered spin-off called "The Farm" was shot.

NBC passed, and the pilot eventually was aired as part of the final season.

7

Carell called in sick to the network citing a case of 'enlarged balls' as the reason he couldn't come in.

Carell called in sick to the network citing a case of 'enlarged balls' as the reason he couldn't come in.

The show had to stop production in November 2007 because of a writer's strike. Steve Carell (himself a WGA member) supported the writers, and refused to cross the picket lines, even for non-writing duties. Carell went so far as to call in sick to the network on the first day of the strike, citing a case of "enlarged balls" as the reason he couldn't come in.

8

Poor Richard's Pub, a bar, to which the gang often refers in the show is real.

Poor Richard's Pub, a bar, to which the gang often refers in the show is real.

Poor Richard's Pub, a bar, to which the gang often refers in the show, is a real bar located in the South Side Lanes bowling alley in South Scranton.

9

The cast in the background are often checking e-mail and surfing the net.

The cast in the background are often checking e-mail and surfing the net.

The computers on the Dunder-Mifflin office set were wired for the internet. Cast members admitted that when they're in the background of scenes, they are often checking e-mail and surfing the net.

10

John Krasinski and B.J. Novak went to high school together.

John Krasinski and B.J. Novak went to high school together.

They went to Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and they both graduated in 1997. They were even on the same little league baseball team.