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HOW MICHAEL BAY GAVE THE OFFICE MOVIE ‘A DIFFERENT TONE’

HOW MICHAEL BAY GAVE THE OFFICE MOVIE ‘A DIFFERENT TONE’

HOLLYWOOD – John Krasinski has described the tone of the new movie version of The Office as ‘totally different in tone and scope’ to the popular comedy series.

Directed by Michael Bay, the long awaited movie spin off of the popular TV show The Office has stumped many viewers with its complete change in direction and tone. But star John Krasinski, who plays Jim in the show, popped into the Studio Exec office (I know) to calm fears and assure fans of the now defunct show:

As soon as Michael Bay comes on board you know that things are going to be different. We knew that we would have difficulty because already Steve Carrell had made it clear that he would not be returning to play Michael Stott. So no matter what we did, it would never be the same as the show. When we sat down with Michael to do a table read of the script, he just kept making machine gun noises with his mouth and like explosions. All his notes to the writers were things like ‘What if he threw a hand grenade?’ and ‘Where’s Pennsylvania?’

He didn’t like the original setting?

Right. And he also felt that the show needed to be more topical and he watches a lot of Fox, so he said ‘Hey what if Jim went to Libya?’ Once Jim goes to Libya and has a new job as a CIA operative then it’s a very small step to him being involved in the Benghazi embassy attack. And that who,le story line basically wrote itself. It had the bonus of allowing me to really broaden my range.

But it’s still as funny as the show, right?

Have you seen Four Lions? That’s what we’re hoping to get. This is very dry humor. The idea is we show things as extreme as we can, like a real right wing fantasy, but underneath it all is this hilarious dry humor. I mean it’s all ironic.

Are you sure?

I think it is. If you ask Michael, you might get a different answer. As you can tell from the lighter moments in the Transformers movies, Michael doesn’t really get comedy.

And the title change?

Yeah, right. Well, once we go the Benghazi route then I’m no longer in the office, so calling it The Office: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was just not going to work. But it is still an Office movie. I mean at least I think it is. That’s what I tell myself when I wake up at three o clock in the morning, crying.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is on general release.

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