Paul: I haven’t seen an actor want a specific role. I think what an actor wants in general is something interesting to play and to be challenged and stretched. And we intend to do that with all the cast. A movie can be about the lowliest guy on the street or the President of the United States and it’s not so much who’s the manager, you know, you can find something interesting. So no one really was pressing. They just want to be engaged and challenged. You know, and that’s what we wanted to show as well.
Reporter 5: After doing all the searching and everything, did you finally decide that Ed Helms should be the choice? What was it about Andy Bernard’s character that you thought this is the guy that should have had Steve Carell’s mantle? And then secondly, what did you think about the chemistry between Ed and Spader?
Paul: There are a lot of aspects to the Andy Bernard character to make him extremely suited to manager. One, I think it’s that he cares about people more than he does about the product. And of course he wants the place to run successfully. But he can take the role of father, partly through genuine affection and being kind of an adorable human being, you know, talking about Andy – is one who is really caring and interested in being empathetic. Any little problem that anybody’s having, he would feel very deeply, which makes him very suited to be a comic lead in the show. And his stories (are a generator). One of the things we’re most delighted about is how Andy manages upward, you know, and how both scared he is and courageous he is at the very same time when dealing with Robert California.
Reporter 6: We saw it towards the end of the last episode we saw Andy kind of standing up to Robert a little bit. Are we going to continue to see sort of a push and pull between these two characters? Is Andy going to kind of find himself as a boss over the season?
Paul: Yeah. Like I was just saying, there’s a comic dynamic where he (can) deal with someone (interested in) toying with him. So it’s a go-to place.
Reporter 6: And everyone wants to know if Andy and Erin are going to continue to be a storyline as well.
Ed: They’re a pretty odd pair because they have very strong emotions and very poor communication skills. And so there’s always been something kind of charming about watching them try to connect and try to communicate. Of course now with Andy’s new boss position, there’s a power dynamic that comes into play which just makes all of that tension and awkwardness that much more difficult. And things do get tricky especially around Halloween.
Reporter 7: It struck me that you and Steve have had a very similar career path from the Daily Show through the bridge and then film career. I wondered if you had any thoughts on that and if you had a chance to talk with Steve since the announcement and get any advice from him.
Ed: Yes. Steve and I certainly have a few sort of signposts along our careers that match up. And I really credit Steve certainly going back to the Daily Show. When Steve did 40 Year Old Virgin, that really broke the mold for all of the correspondents on the Daily Show in a really wonderful way. And it allowed the general public as well as the entertainment industry to suddenly see the Daily Show correspondents as something more than just these sort of snarky news reporters. And that’s just something I’ll always sort of be grateful that Steve did.