Watch The Office’s Never-Before-Seen 2004 Cast Interview


Before Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton team became our unofficial work friends, the cast of The office I didn’t know what to expect from the NBC series, but almost 17 years later, we’re still in love with every minute of the show. On January 1, Peacock, who recently acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the show, announced a never-before-seen feature starting February 2004 that included John Krasinksi, Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell, and other cast members sharing their thoughts on the The show swapped the then-unaired show.

“I think the key is just to try not to duplicate what they are doing because it was so good and definitive. There is no way it gets any better than that, so it just has to be different,” says Carell when asked how the show would compare to the original UK version. He also notes, “People can relate to many of these characters because they are real. They exist. They are not torn out of thin air.”

“He’s a bit like that uncle who tells a lot of jokes and wants to be your best friend, and he only comes up short a few times.”

Carell was nervous about taking on the now iconic role of Michael Scott, but even before the show was a classic, the cast knew he’d nailed Scott’s character to a T. “Every office has this boss or manager who wants to be very popular and popular,” says Fischer during the video. “And I think Steve Carell’s Michael character reminds me a lot of this dad who tries to be really cool with his teenage sons and you just wait for him to go please. And he doesn’t go and everyone is feeling uncomfortable. ”

As papa-funny as some of his jokes are, Carell’s character seemed rather silly to some. “You feel a little for him. It’s like that uncle who tells a lot of jokes and wants to be your best friend, and he only comes up short a few times,” says Krasinski. “At the end of the day, he plays the role perfectly. And luckily, when the camera is off, he’s the funniest guy in the world again.”

Eight years after the premiere The officeThe series finale drew an estimated 5.7 million viewers, which is the number of viewers worthy of receiving a mug called “World’s Best Boss Best TV Show”. (So ​​if Steve Carell ran into a bug in the Matrix in 2004 and is somehow reading this, don’t worry!) Check out the full feature here to relive some of the humor and nostalgia of Dunder Mifflin that only Michael Scott can really deliver.