When Steve Carell announced that he would be leaving “The Office” after seven seasons back in 2010, the greatest corporate rat race ever began as job-seeking comedians sought the coveted role of playing the new regional manager to lord over Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Will Ferrell and James Spader both briefly served as acting bosses to replace Carell’s Michael Scott character, until the show settled on internal candidates for the rest of the series.
One such internal candidate in the running, Craig Robinson’s Darryl Philbin, only earned a brief consideration after he brought his daughter to work to try and guilt a selecting committee into giving the role to a single father with a young kid.
But in a recent interview with The Huffington Post to promote his new movie, “Morris from America,” Robinson revealed that he actually made an unconventional attempt in pursuing the role for his character.
Robinson tried bribing the showrunner, but didn’t offer enough.
Still referring to “The Office” showrunner and writer Paul Lieberstein as his sad-sack character Toby Flenderson from the show, Robinson said, “I think one day I handed Toby a dollar bribe.” Robinson conceded, “Well, I mean, at Dunder Mifflin he kind of imploded.”
Apparently, there were never serious talks with the writers about Darryl actually getting the job, but Robinson remembers the writing team really stressing on which way to go. He would have been happy for them to choose Darryl.
“I was ready for whatever,” said Robinson.
Darryl did eventually rise in the ranks of Dunder Mifflin to briefly serve as assistant regional manager.
Seems like Robinson should have offered up a bit more money.
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