The five-minute featurette dates back to the inaugural episode’s production date of February 18, 2004 — a whole year before The Office aired — and includes interviews with some of the young cast: Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. Carrell answers the questions almost like his character Michael Scott, but also explains that many people can identify with the show’s characters because they exist in real life. He then dives into the headspace of Michael, and talks about the pressure of being compared to the U.K. version of the series. “There’s no way it’s going to be better than that, so it just has to be different,” Carrell said.
Fischer and Krasinski also touches on the character of Michael Scott, comparing him to either a father who’s trying to be “cool” with his sons or an uncle who is always “coming short” of wanting to crack jokes and be friends. Carrell ends the featurette by summarizing the range of figures in Dunder Mifflin: “There are a lot of incidental characters too, which we hope, overtime, will develop and you’ll see more of the people within The Office. So there are lots of different types that you’re going to see. Most of them are slightly insane.”
Watch the complete featurette above.
In related news, Peacock also shared a never-before-seen cold opening of The Office.