'Office' Finale: On-Set Photos!
''Dwight's car is a very pivotal character in the history of The Office and I had a lot of fun in that Trans-Am, I tell ya,'' says Rainn Wilson, with Angela Kinsey (Angela). ''It's every American boy's dream to get a hot blonde in a Trans-Am.''
''The conference room is the place where we tend to get the most punchy, the most edgy,'' says Jenna Fischer (Pam). ''When we shoot these scenes that on television play out in three minutes, we spend 12 hours in that room. Just imagine putting 15 cast members, plus crew, in a tiny conference room all day — you suddenly realize why reality television works. But it's also where some of our funniest moments have happened. Not just on screen, but off screen.''
''The directors would figure out the best place for us to sit in the conference room, so they would put Post-it notes on the chairs,'' says Wilson. ''Someone has taken Oscar's Post-it and put it on Angela.'' And what's going at the front of the room? ''Someone is leaving and Dwight is cutting the farewell cake.''
Clark Duke (Clark) and Ed Helms (Andy) relax in between scenes at a ''remote location,'' Fischer teases. ''The bed was the coveted place to wait, because it was the only comfortable place. The men were not shy about piling on the bed together.''
''I love the accountants,'' says Wilson of Oscar (Oscar Martinez), Angela, and Kevin (Brian Baumgautner, not pictured). ''Not only should there have been a Dwight Schrute farm spinoff, there should have been a spinoff just called The Accountants where the three accountants from Dunder Mifflin go to work at a different firm like Price Waterhouse.''
''That's the most heart-tuggingest scene of the whole shaboozle, where we're all gathered at the very end of a long, strange adventure. And it was wonderful to go on that journey with [executive producer] Greg Daniels and Ken Kwapis, who directed our original pilot.''
On the heels of his promotion to manager, Dwight apparently realizes another one of his dreams: ''Dwight fires a bazooka,'' says Wilson, ''and you get to see him the happiest he's ever been in over 200 episodes.''
''We had been shooting so hard for the month previous, and that day we had been shooting for 13 or 14 hours,'' Wilson says of the final shoot. ''When they called, 'And that's a wrap on the television series The Office,' I just burst into tears. At the same time, I felt relief and exultant joy. I compare it to V-J Day in Times Square, where it was like that photograph of that sailor kissing that girl and hats being thrown in the air. It's a celebration, but it's also exhausting.'' Afterward, the cast attended a wrap party, followed by a private gathering at Chateau Marmont, where there would be one last performance: ''Oscar, Angela, and I have a tradition of dancing to 'Single Ladies,' says Fischer. ''So Oscar led us in a dance to 'Single Ladies.' He's very good at it. He is the Beyoncé of the group and Angela and I are his backup dancers, and we just mimic whatever he's doing.... We felt like we needed to have one more ''Single Ladies'' before it was all over.''
''The three of us went through this together, arm in arm, from the very beginning,'' Wilson says. ''John [Krasinski, who plays Jim] and Jenna are truly the younger brother and sister I never had. We've done movies and traveled the world and grown up from young pups to the old, haggard adults you see before you now. But there's a lot of love in that trio.''
''There would be no show without Greg Daniels and he's like this really bizarre father figure to all of us, and he's greatly adored by the whole cast and crew and writers,'' says Wilson. ''He's a great showrunner, and a very funny and a very fair man. And it was his good taste and imagination that made The Office what it was... It's very fitting to have him in this photo, front and center.''
''Mose [Parks and Recreation exec producer Michael Schur] decides it's a good idea to kidnap Angela, so she's eventually found in the trunk of his car,'' says Wilson. ''I can't really say the context of it.''
''I can't tell you why I'm sitting there or what I say when I'm sitting there, but it was incredibly emotional,'' says Fischer, at her old receptionist station while Krasinski looks on. ''Not only to be back at the desk, but to know that it was for the last time.''
The last group scene for the women of The Office (Kate Flannery, Phyllis Smith, Catherine Tate, guest star Rachael Harris, Ellie Kemper, Kinsey, and Fischer)