Just because mega fans of The Office basically know the entire NBC series by heart, that doesn’t mean the iconic cast remembers everything that happened. For starters, they’re not on set anymore. It goes without saying that Steve Carell plays the most iconic member of the Dunder Mifflin fam. And so, it’s natural to assume that if anyone can recall all the most famous lines and references on the show, it’s him.
But we’d be wrong, it seems.
It might be easy to forget in between binge-sessions that Carell hasn’t played Michael Scott since 2013, and that was after a years-long break for just one episode.
With time and space from the series, Carell not remembering everything quite like the rest of us is pretty reasonable. With that said, it’s even easier to forget that for Steve Carell, Michael Scott was one of many acting roles in his career, no matter how beloved or memorable his portrayal was to us fans. So it should come as less of a surprise, realistically, that he might not remember the script vividly.
As it turns out, Steve Carell theorizes that fans of the more-popular-than-ever series remember the iconic references and lines way better than he ever could. After all, we’re the ones still watching.
As reported by BuzzFeed, the actor who portrayed Dunder Mifflin’s regional manager recently had a little chat with his former co-star, Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute. Carell joined Wilson’s virtual sit-down series Soul Pancake to discuss a wide array of topics including, of course, The Office and its ongoing and ever-growing popularity.
When Rainn asks his former co-star in the video, “How has that been for you, this kind of strange Office obsession renaissance going on?,” Steve admits, “I don’t know if you feel the same thing, but the people who watch the show definitely know the show better than we do.”
Fair enough. Still, Carell continues in the video, explaining that he never watched The Office all that much to begin with, adding, “Maybe we watched it once when we’d all get together and watch episodes. That was most of my watching of the show.”
Carell goes on to reveal that he doesn’t know all the details, admitting, “When people reference lines and bits… some of them don’t really ring a bell at all.”
Something tells me if there’s one line or reference Steve Carell hasn’t been allowed to forget over the years, it might be “That’s what she said!,” but who knows? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out if and when the long-awaited cast reunion takes place.
Check out the must-see conversation between the former co-stars below. Not so surprisingly, their onscreen chemistry and comedy bond is alive, well, and hilarious as ever, even from afar.