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    • You excel at playing these offbeat and wholly distinctive characters like Arthur from Six Feet Under and now Dwight Schrute on The Office. What's the appeal of playing a character like Dwight?

      Well, it's funny because I grew up a kind of sad, nerdy individual. There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go. I also played bassoon in the orchestra … so you can imagine. I was kind of pimply. I was a pimply youth. So I really understand what it is to be an outsider and I think that the nerds are kind of taking over now. I don't know if you noticed this, but I saw a girl walking through a mall and she was kind of hot and she had a T-shirt that said 'I Love Nerds' on it. That wasn't the case when I was young. Now you've got these nerd rock bands and these nerdy actors. So I guess I understand that and it's just what's interesting to me. I just find that I like to play characters. I like to transform as an actor into a character. I don't want to just play a normal guy going through a tough time. I'm just drawn to the extreme elements, I guess

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