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23 Things You Might Not Know About "The Office"

FACT: Seth Rogen was almost Dwight.

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1. The idea to create a U.S. version of The Office started after TV producer Ben Silverman happened to catch an episode of the UK version while vacationing in London in 2001.

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Silverman immediately contacted the series' creator, Ricky Gervais, to acquire the rights to the show.

4. Before his audition, Steve Carell had only seen about five minutes of the U.K. version of The Office.

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Carell said that if he had watched anymore, he would've ended up just doing a characterization of Ricky Gervais during his audition.

8. John Krasinski shot the footage of the Scranton, PA, that appears in the opening credits.

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