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An Oral History of “The Office” But We Could Only Get Ahold of the Guy Who Played Roy

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He's better than nothing, we guess.

The Office was a once-in-a-generation American sitcom that aired from 2005 to 2013. Based on the British sitcom of the same name created by Ricky Gervais—the hairier Bill Maher—the American version was created by some Harvard Lampoon nerd named Greg. We tried to get everyone involved in this instant classic to talk about how it all came together, but we could only get ahold of the guy who played Roy, a film and television actor named David Denman.

Greg Daniels (creator, huge nerd): Hey. Sorry, I can’t make it to the oral history thing. Just wanted to dash off an email expressing my appreciation for this! Good luck. –GD

David Denman (Roy Anderson): You know, when I auditioned for Roy, I’m not going to say that I thought that the Pam/Roy relationship would be a bigger part of the story, but I kind of thought it would last longer than it did. Look, The Office was one part of my life, and I’m really proud of the work I did. But I’ve moved on. I was in 13 Hours. Sure, it wasn’t a huge box office hit, but I thought the film had a good patriotic message. Really happy for Krasinski. You know, I auditioned for the lead role. But guess what? They picked Krasinski. Good for him, though. We’re friends.

Steve Carell (Michael Scott): Hey, this is Matthew Labov, Steve’s publicist. He’s in London on a film shoot. But he sends his regards!

David Denman (Roy Anderson): Ultimately, though, I came to terms with my role in the overall story. I get it. Roy had to go. I’m not going to say he was sacrificed at the altar of fan service. Some people have said it, but I’m not going to say it.

Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute): Thank you for contacting Rainn Wilson. Someone will be in touch with you shortly. For signed photos, send a self-addressed envelope and stamp to 111 Melrose Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90210. For unsigned photos, do the same thing, but be less excited about it.

David Denman (Roy Anderson): The best thing about being on the show was the cast and crew community, definitely. There was such a family atmosphere. People showed up for each other. Who else is involved in this, by the way? Is Krasinski talking?

John Krasinski (Jim Halpert): I will be out of the office starting (Starting Date) through (End Date) returning (Date of Return). If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact (Contact’s Name) at (Contact’s Email Address). Otherwise I will respond to your emails as soon as possible upon my return. Also, look out for my upcoming film, A Quiet Place, starring me and my real-life wife Emily Blunt, in theaters everywhere April 6.

David Denman (Roy Anderson): I’d say my favorite moment in the show was when Roy came to the office with flowers for Pam after being a jerk, because you got to see the softer side of Roy. What did the other guys say? The Jim and Pam kiss? Yeah, I figured. Everybody loves the Jim and Pam kiss. Not to say that I don’t. It’s a good moment. But the best moment? Far from it.

Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance): I will not comment on the record. Phyllis was always the punching bag. But I have that sweet Disney money now, so fuck you, and fuck Greg Daniels.

David Denman (Roy Anderson): Did you know I went to Juilliard? Great training, great classical training. You know, that’s why the Brits get so good at acting—they have a real background in the classics. Sophocles, Shakespeare...I could talk about the craft all day. But, you know, I never really got to show off my chops on The Office. Too bad.

Mindy Kaling (writer, Kelly Kapoor): Ohmigod hi fan! Thank you so much for subscribing to Mindy Mail, my brand-new mailing list. You’ll now receive updates about my new projects, my wild love life, and upcoming events in cities near you!

David Denman (Roy Anderson): Little known fact—I am actually an inch taller than John Krasinski. I mean, that stuff doesn’t really seem to matter when casting directors are deciding who gets to be the MAIN soldier or the MAIN love interest. It’s all about the razzle-dazzle machine these days, I guess. It’s not about the craft.

BJ Novak (writer, Ryan Howard): Did you guys know I’m an author now? Like a New York Times-bestselling author. Ha ha! - ©2018

David Denman (Roy Anderson): Are we done here? I feel like we’re done. I’m going to go home to my beautiful wife and think about my fulfilling career. No thanks to Greg fucking Daniels. Or Stephen fucking Merchant. Or anyone else who doubted me, a classically trained actor who actually cares about his craft. Craft! So suck on that, Krasinski.

Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton): Hi, this is Rick Penshaw from Kaplan, Katzman, Kline, and Koterba LLC. Speaking as Mr. Bratton’s legal counsel, any allegations about his role in the tragic disappearance of Robert Shafer (Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration) the night of the the 3rd annual The Office Convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania, are totally misguided and borderline libelous. Mr. Bratton hopes that the real culprit is brought to justice and that publications refrain from any further smears on his public brand.

© 2018