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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Adam Scott, Alan Tudyk, and Matt Besser All Auditioned for 'The Office'

Rainn Wilson posted this sign-in sheet for auditions for The Office on Facebook today featuring a bunch of people who tried out for the roles of Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Pam. These are the first 14 actors to audition for the show in the fall of 2003, including UCB founder Matt Besser for Dwight, Melissa McCarthy's husband and writing partner Ben Falcone for Michael, and Mr. Show and 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub for Pam. Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer are the only ones on here who booked the job, but plenty of talented people still populate this list. It's hard to imagine anyone else in these roles after seeing the actors in them for nine seasons (or seven in Steve Carell's case), but Adam Scott jumps out as somebody who could have easily nailed the part of Jim. The Office could have been a very different show with any of these folks as the lead characters obviously, but it's pretty fun to think about what Alan Tudyk's Michael Scott or Matt Besser's Dwight Schrute would have been like.

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  • cna

    So did Paul F. Tompkins. He was considered for the role of Michael Scott while they were negotiating with Carell. Then they never had him on the show – it took Community to get the great PFT on NBC's Thursday night lineup.

  • TempnameHere

    Anne Dudek! She was awesome on House and Mad Men. I could see her playing Pam easily.

  • springroadintoaction

    I love that Rainn Wilson auditioned for both Dwight and Michael – seems fitting.

  • Nathan Smart

    Jarrett Grode and Mary Lynn Rajskub too – wow.

  • http://twitter.com/thelambandtea The Lamb

    It's interesting (to me, at least) that Anne Dudek, MaryLynn Rajskub, and Jenna Fischer all seem like similar types of actresses (and are all great) with similar looks- yet are all very different from Lucy Davis. Obviously, someone had a certain type really in mind for Pam. Huh.

  • Alan Boomshackle

    Jim Zulevic… RIP