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    • how did you get the role of Dwight?

      I was slated to do this show with Janeane Garofalo for ABC when I heard that NBC Universal had gotten the rights to do an American version of The Office. I was really bummed thinking that I would love to be a part of that, oh my God! The Janeane Garofalo show was canceled even before we started shooting – although I did get paid. Thank you ABC. I was actually the first person to audition for the show. I was literally the first person on the call sheet. Then I had to wait several months and I knew that they were interested. Then I had the test process and got to do the pilot. Doing this show is like a dream come true. What we're doing is exactly what I thought could happen and was hoping would happen with the show. I wanted to make it more American. It needed to be a little bit faster paced because it's twenty-two minutes long as opposed to the BBC show, which is thirty minutes long. So we're eight minutes shorter per episode. I knew the humor would have to work in a different way and they'd have to be writing for whatever actors they got. But the setup is so brilliant. The English show will always be there. You can buy those DVDs and you can watch them over and over again. But the comedic environment that it created – this boss who thinks he's everybody's best friend and the underlings just trying to get by day in and day out and the things they do to survive in the work place, with a documentary crew capturing it the whole time – is just brilliant. As we can see, now we're making twenty-two episodes this year. It just plays on and on and on. It's such a brilliant, watertight comedic set up.

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