See what the actors who play Dwight, Michael, Pam, Jim, and the rest of TV's craziest coworkers say about life at Dunder Mifflin, and where the ''Office''-mates may go from here

By Whitney Pastorek
Updated October 01, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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RAINN WILSON
(Dwight Schrute)

On a common criticism of The Office:
I think that the show has always balanced reality with absurdity. It’s so funny when you read the people writing about it online, like on the blogs and stuff, and they talk about, ”Oh, that’s completely unbelievable…” But none of it has EVER been believable. Within a very realistic setting, that’s shot like a documentary, it’s played naturalistically. It’s just the stuff that they’re writing about is absurd. So I think it’s always a balancing act between the minutia of office life — like it’s somebody’s birthday and they have to get a cake — and the absurdity of, like, Dwight gets a concussion and his personality changes. You know, so many of the same bloggers, those are almost unanimously voted their favorite episodes. Literally, the plot is Michael burns his foot in a George Foreman grill, Dwight gets a concussion and his personality changes. That’s ridiculous! That doesn’t happen in real life! At all!

On the raison d’ Dwight:
There was a line — I think it was cut out of the basketball episode in our first season — where Dwight took over the vacation schedule, and Jim says to Dwight, ”That’s the smallest amount of power I’ve ever seen go to anyone’s head.” And I think that pretty much sums it up.

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The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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