‘The Office’ Audition Tapes: Adam Scott as Jim and Seth Rogen as Dwight?

By August 7, 2013
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Adam Scott - The Office

Though the NBC comedy series “The Office” may have come to an end, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something new to learn about the cast. Or rather, we’re just now learning about some of the potential cast members who could have made it big on the series that lasted nine seasons and won plenty of Emmy awards.

With the upcoming September 3rd release of the final season of “The Office” on Blu-ray and DVD, one of the bonus features has made its way online in the form of audition tapes for the series before it even hit the air.

While fans now associate John Krasinski with the role of Jim Halpert, Rainn Wilson as the annoying Dwight Schrute, Jenna Fischer as the lovely Pam Beesley and Steve Carell as Michael Scott, there were plenty of surprising names who auditioned for the roles. And while these actors and actresses didn’t go on to win the roles on “The Office,” pretty much all of them went on to get famous in other TV and film roles. Here’s the audition reel for “The Office”:

http://youtu.be/ekq2OdBhEy0

That’s Adam Scott auditioning for the role of Jim, and he would go on to land a series regular role in “Parks & Recreation” created by “The Office” executive producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. It’s hard to miss Seth Rogen as Dwight, a bit of casting that in retrospect feels weird, but might have offered some fun. However, it’s all but guaranteed we wouldn’t have gotten the same motion picture career from the funnyman if he had landed the role.

John Cho would have been an interesting choice for Jim, but it’s hard to deny how perfect Krasinski ended up being with Jenna Fischer. Speaking of that dynamic, knowing that Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott went on to play a weird couple in Step Brothers, it’s interesting to see that they almost coupled up in “The Office.” Meanwhile, Eric Stonestreet auditioning for Kevin feels like a perfect fit, but he’s found a great alternative as a series regular on “Modern Family.”

But perhaps the casting that would have made the biggest difference in the show’s tone and success would have been casting Bob Odenkirk. The actor is a fine comedian known for work on “Saturday Night Live” and more recently a role in “Breaking Bad,” but Steve Carell really made “The Office” into something special, so much that the show almost never really recovered when he left as a series regular.

Still, it’s great to see that these actors went on to find fame and success on different paths, and more than likely, for the better.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.