As a nine-season run of "The Office" comes to an end, star Rainn Wilson looks back at the show. That nostalgia includes sharing a photo of an audition sign-in sheet that revealed another staff of workers for the show's iconic cast. Should John Krasinski or Jenna Fischer have blown their original reads for the show, there just may have been an entirely different ensemble of paper pushers at Dunder Mifflin. Here is a list of those who lost the job all those years ago, and a debate about whether or not this would have worked out.
"Jim Halpert" -- Adam ScottLong before he became Leslie Knope's husband on "Parks and Recreation," Adam Scott competed to one day be Pam Beesly' s main man on the original workplace comedy. Scott's shy demeanor and sly comedic timing could have fit in nicely at Dunder Mifflin. While John Krasinski seems so perfectly matched with Jenna Fischer, Adam Scott would have brought a nice bookish quality to Jim more fitting a typical paper salesman.
"Pam Beesly" -- Mary Beth RajskubJenna Fischer's Pam is the universal girl next door, perfect to create that viewer yearning for a Jim-and-Pam happy ending that took four seasons to come to fruition. A more geeky and introverted Mary Beth Rajskub as Pam Beasley fits the artsy, shy receptionist description, but may have lessened viewers' desire to see the two workers end up together after all.
"Michael Scott" -- Rainn WilsonMost viewers only know Rainn Wilson as the bizarre beat farmer Dwight Schrute. But Rainn Wilson's audition was for both Dwight and Michael Scott, the titular boss modeled after Ricky Gervais's David Brent. The producers ultimately went with a comedian who was both a bit older, as well as more established. There is no doubt that Steve Carell's character was the key to the show's success, complimented perfectly by the undying devotion of Wilson's Schrute. Had that harmonious balance been thrown over to let Rainn Wilson play the man in charge, the show arguably would not have been such a huge success.
These are the most intriguing alternate cast members, but the first day of auditions included several TV actors well-suited to Dunder Mifflin, most of whom ended up on other successful shows like "House" and "Suburgatory." You can view Rainn Wilson's keepsake from the show, and get a glimpse of what could have been a totally different version of "The Office" here. Then sound off on whether or not you would have cast one of these other actors in the iconic roles.
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