Q. I love Stanley’s rants — I think they’re absolutely brilliant. Was any of his rant in this episode improvised? | Katie_AK
A. No, that was generally scripted. Leslie knew this would be one of his biggest episodes ever and he was extremely well prepared when the cameras started rolling. I’ve never seen him so intense and focused. — Brent
Q. Does it crack the cast and crew up when Stanley gets to rant (especially since Leslie seems like such a laid back, warm person with a great sense of humor in interviews)? | what’s the dealio?
A. When Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson do scenes together, they crack each other up. Rainn and Krasinski ditto. Brian Baumgartner who plays Kevin will get into uncontrollable laughing fits during scenes, but I haven’t seen it happen in scenes with Leslie. His vibe is a little more serious and intense, and his character is intimidating in a way that discourages silliness I think. — Brent
Q. I loved that we got to “see” the cameraman sneaking back in to film Stanley and Michael’s conversation without their knowledge. Whose idea was this, and did it have anything to do with Randall Einhorn directing? | two toasters
A. Randall as you know is not only a director but also our lead cameraman on the show, and yeah I think his perspective as cameraman gave him a lot of enthusiasm for those sequences where the cameraman is called out as a character in the show. He loved shooting those sequences. I think his energy doubled when shooting that stuff. — Brent
Q. How many takes did Rainn need to get through his close talker authority scene with Steve. He looked like he was ready to break any second. Especially when he used the pointer stick to hit Steve in the cheek. | J to the D F
A. Yeah, using the pointer like that was Rainn’s improv, and both of them kept cracking up every time he did it. We were debating beforehand whether to give him a metal pointer or a laser one, and I’m so happy we chose the one we did. — Justin