Q. Who played the chair model? | Sarah
Q. Was the woman in the chair model photo supposed to look like Jan? | Amelia
A. We held a brief audition on set for the role of the chair model. It was a joint audition, actually; we auditioned a few people for the chair model, and also a few for the young blonde woman in the coffee shop whom Michael falsely assumes is his blind date.
The chair model was supposed to be pretty, definitely, and perhaps even prettier than your average model; but that’s the extent of it. Not the kind of person who’d make you stop everything you’re doing at work. She was meant to look like the type of woman that an idealist, such as Michael, might mistake for “just your average single girl.” It’s more about Michael realizing he wants to start dating than it is about that one specific woman. Dwight, the most literal minded person at the office, takes the request the most literally.
I guess she looks a little like Jan in a way, but not in a way that occurred to us when we cast her.
Q. Who were the guys (other than Michael and Bob Vance) who played the bosses of the Five Families? Are any of them on the regular cast/crew of ‘The Office’ or were they random actors? | sarah
A. The three other actors are Barry Sigismondi as W.B. Jones, Terrence Beasor as Bill Cress, and Paul Faust as Paul Faust.
Barry Sigismondi Jones is a very funny actor whom we had auditioned for other roles in the past. He’s capable of a lot and hopefully we’ll get to see more of that character. The Five Families scene was cut down a lot for time, but hopefully some of it will see the light of day on the DVD.
Terrence Beasor came to us for the first time auditioning for this role, I believe. We loved his look and delivery.
Paul Faust. Several months ago, Paul Faust, a cousin of Paul Lieberstein, visited for a tour of the set. While in the writer’s room, somebody asked what he did for a living. He’s a businessman with several ventures, it turns out, and he proceeded to launch into a captivating monologue about his Disaster Kit sales business. Without any exaggeration, it was the most confident and persuasive sales pitch any of us had ever seen. So, since then, we thought someone like that would be a good basis for a character.
Then when we conceived of the Five Families, we thought it would be funny to have it be mostly a bunch of guys who take the pomp of the Five Families meetings very seriously — and then one younger guy, a guy who’s a one-man-shop and hates being there, who would rather do everything over email. So that’s how the character of “Cool Guy Paul” came into existence.
The day before we were scheduled to shoot the scene, we still hadn’t found the right actor for Cool Guy Paul. So we called Paul Faust, in New York, and asked if he’d mind auditioning to play himself. He went to the Kinko’s across the street, filmed himself on their iMac, and emailed it to us. Within an hour he had the part, and within two hours he was on a plane to L.A. And sometime in that two hour period, he had purchased www.coolguypaul.com, and linked it to his actual disaster kit business. I am not making any of this up.