Rainn Wilson on Steve Carell's last day: 'There was a heaviness hanging over the proceedings'


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Rainn Wilson would prefer to joke through the pain over Steve Carell leaving The Office. “The last scene when Dwight pulled back the shotgun, put it in Michael Scott’s mouth and pulled the trigger and his head blew apart, it was moving. There was not a dry eye in the house!” Wilson told EW during the premiere of Super in Hollywood Monday. “No, that’s a terrible thing to say. There is no shootout at Dunder Mifflin. Dwight does not kill Michael. That is not how we get rid of Steve.

“Actually, the last day of shooting with Steve was more intense than I anticipated it would be,” Wilson continued. “There actually wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was really sad. It was very difficult to make comedy when there was a heaviness hanging over the proceedings. It’s a great episode. Steve is magnificent in it. Maybe he’ll finally win that Emmy he has deserved for like seven years.”

For now, Wilson can’t say how Michael Scott’s departure will affect the other characters. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. We have Will Farrell for a little while and then we will have a few to shoot without a single A-list movie star. We’ve just got to see what happens,” Wilson said. ” Dwight is sad. He’s losing his best buddy and his office hero. Actually all the characters are sad to see him go as are the actors but everyone understands and we will do our best to fill the void.”

Carell’s last episode will air April 28 — three weeks before the NBC comedy’s hourlong season finale on May 19. Ferrell will guest star as Michael’s replacement for several episodes beginning in April. Carell—who has garnered five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe trophy in the role—filmed his last scenes for the show on March 4.  – With reporting from Carrie Bell

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  • jk

    rainn wilson’s dwight single handedly ruined what was once an AWESOME show

    • Jamie

      Are you insane!!! Hes the hidden character everyone loves! Its like Seinfeld. Show is about Jerry, but Kramer made the show. Dwight is our Kramer. You FOOL

      • justin

        its not dwight thats leaving its Michel dude

    • fran

      Love Dwight. The cast is so well-balanced, each one whackier than the next.

  • BeBe

    So sad! I wish Steve wasnt leaving The Office. It wont be the same… I think he has deserved the Emmy for the last two years. Not sure why Jim Parsons has won. He is not nearly as funny as Steve Carrell!

    • Dwight

      I disagree!! Although Steve Carell is a good actor, Jim Parsons is extremely good at it too!!!

  • corrine

    If Carell was coming to what several people thought was many tine tanies, then it ain’t come one for this (whatever) show.

    • Cass


      • corrine

        I was talking about the hapless execs who had predicted differently.

      • mel

        I second that…what are you saying?

    • e

      Really…what are you saying?? Your clarification doesn’t even help explain…

    • What?

      He meant that it aint not come one for this show, but there are some many tine tanies that the hapless execs aint goin’ predict differently. You are welcome

  • Stella

    Maybe I’ll actually start watching now that Steve Carell is leaving, I absolutely cannot watch anything he is in. I tried The Office when it first came on and the turn off for me was 100% him.

  • stoney

    Drawers will be soiled over this episode, that I can promise you!

    • Karla

      Seriously, there are some bizarro comments on this thread.

  • Starchild

    Karla, he’s a’rollin’ butt-fresh! but make it a double…

  • Nicole

    I don’t think the show will last long at all without carell in it; Carell is the funniest person on the show and he makes it what it is.

    • edlencia

      I agree 100%!!

      • Jeb

        I agree, I can’t picture watching the office without him. Too bad, I loved this show.

  • fran

    I can’t believe he has never won an Emmy?! He is hilarious, insane, and so consistent. I will really miss him! I didn’t think the original office could be topped, but the US version has been just as good. Hopefully, they can fill his void.

  • nivek

    All I have to say is “That’s what she said” some one had to say it.

  • milf

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!Steve carell cannot leave this was perfect for him.This will probably ruin will ferrells career because he`s a movie and steve was the office guy.(Although steve has had some awesome movies) Steve you cant go . Im going to cry myself to sleep

  • Tembrach

    Who really cares if Steve Carell is leaving The Office? I sure don’t. I always thought The Office was highly over rated. I know alot of good shows that could put The Office to shame. Lame comedy at its best.

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