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Rainn Wilson's first Sundance

”The Office” star tells us about his time at the festival

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”It’s absolute madness!” declares The Office‘s Dwight, who was in town for a little more than a day to plug his sci-fi kids’ film The Last Mimzy, which casts him — perfectly — as an elementary school science teacher. Here are his impressions of 27 hours in Park City.

Swag ”A woman came up to me and said, ‘Oh, I’d like to gift you.’ I didn’t know gift was a verb, but apparently it is, and that’s what people do: They gift each other here. So I got a Sonic toothbrush and a little photo frame and shoes. And a Timberland coat.”

Celeb Sighting ”I ran into Zooey Deschanel. I’m greatly enamored of her. I said hi, and she said [makes a funny face], ‘Huhwah’ and dashed off down the street. She doesn’t know who I am. Which is cool.”

Party Time ”We had a nice dinner for The Last Mimzy — there were sing-alongs, weenie roasts. And then we went to two very loud, crowded parties, which is not my scene. I don’t drink, I’m married, and music these days is too loud as I’m entering into my 40s. So I was probably home earlier than anyone at Sundance.”

Morning in Park City ”I got up, did my tai chi, and had my garlic and ginger bath.” For real? ”No, not for real. I was picked up at 8:15, and I’ve been doing press pretty much straight since, [although] I got a 15-minute break to eat some pizza.”

The Verdict ”I had no idea what a huge scene it was here. They say it’s a huge scene, but until you experience it, it’s kind of like Vietnam. You have to have been there to really know what it’s like.”