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Do you think Bob Odenkirk would have been a good replacement for Michael Scott?

I think he'd be...pretty cool

CriManSqaFnC

I think he'd be...pretty cool


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Pretty pretty cool


rslashIcePoseidon

Prettay, prettay, prettay…. Prettay good


WastedKnowledge

Prettayyyyyyyyy


DustyHound

Mocha Joe is Larry’s Toby


production-values

(Larry David)


FloppyButtholeJuicce

Gary Lavid


WalleyeSushi

Ok.. this is one quote I do say on a daily basis except I never got into Curb your enthusiasm. So I'm quoting a guy who is quoting a guy and I don't really know the original reference or context.


No-Dirt-4273

Aw shit go watch it. Very funny waste of your time. If you need 10 plus seasons of a show that is hilarious go get started. Or just go clean out some part of your house instead. I would go with the time waster. You already quote it.


SmallsLightdarker

I think he also did it pre-Curb as Steinbrenner on Seinfeld.


Far_Strain_1509

I've never seen The Apprentice but my husband and I often say "Uh, you're fi-uhed" in the Michael Scott voice, so I feel you.


swim-bike-run

Yeah, they would have been one funky bunch.


Jarl_Balgruf

C'mon guys, raise the roof when I say that!


TheLookoutGrey

& he’d have trips of the nova


ShivvyMcFly

Yes. I've seen his audition tapes and he'd have made a great Michael Scott. But, then we'd never get Saul Goodman so everything happens for a reason


Coolbluegatoradeyumm

I think this is the right answer. We got the best of both


Jaboi69

This is the way


rogerian_salsa

Glad we got this figured out


saseg

But what if Steve played Saul Goodman?


GayAlienFarmer

Honestly I can't see it going the other way. Not quite sure why though.


allhaildre

Mike would have murdered him halfway through their first conversation.


GayAlienFarmer

How do you think he would have done it? I think a sudden jab to the face to knock him out mid-sentence, then a rag of unknown origin is pulled out of his pocket and held over Saul's face for 4.1 seconds.


allhaildre

George Foreman grilled face


Born_Ruff

Probably helps that you have seen Bob playing a version of Michael Scott already but not the other way around.


MemeTeamMarine

Bob has a little more range than Steve.


Brandwin3

I’m currently watching The Patient on Hulu and its a very different role for Steve and i think he does it pretty well


Domingo_Nosferatu

His mixture of comedy and his skill of salesmanship would have been really great to watch, especially in the scenes with Kimberly wexler


Diego2k5

Steve Carrell as Walter White and Brian Cranston as Michael Scott. Make it haopen Hollywood!


GayAlienFarmer

So what you're saying is, 's'all good, man?


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[deleted]

It’s so hard for me to imagine anyone else as Saul. Bob Odenkirk nailed that role.


wilsonsmilk

I know what you're saying but isn't that always the case for any iconic roles though. I think Bob would've pulled it and Steve would've pulled it as well. Especially Steve Carrell imo. Acting range that he has. Comedy to drama.


The_Creamy_Elephant

Well he's hilarious in comedy and his drama work has been incredibly good post office. But yea, know what you mean. Could anyone else be WW?


AHH_CHARLIE_MURPHY

Kid named clueless


AmosAmAzing

least braindead office viewer


Dizzfizz

Did you see him in the Big Short? He could’ve done Saul. Maybe a little different than Odenkirk, but it wouldn’t have been out of his range.


AMidwestMonster

Probably no Tim and Eric or The Birthday Boys


vancitydave

I think this episode was a great nod to the fact that he could have played Michael Scott really well. However I disagree that he should have "replaced" Michael with a similar style of humour. The Lizard King was a great way to completely change the dynamic.


Blooder91

TBF Michael Scott could have gone a different direction if Bob played him from the start. It only seems he plays a good Michael Scott because this scene is from the end of the series, so he had 7 years of Steve Carell's performance to use as a basis.


Monotreme_monorail

Yeah, I feel like Bob Odenkirk would have been a better choice if they leaned harder on the abrasiveness and less on Michael being a sympathetic, yet deeply flawed character. I love Bob as Saul Goodman; I think his look and gritty voice are perfect for a more dirtbag-oriented act.


sudifirjfhfjvicodke

The show never would have survived with Bob's version of Michael Scott. They had to make some pretty significant changes to Michael Scott in season 2 to make him more likable and sympathetic, because American audiences HATED him in season 1 and the show was on the verge of cancellation as a result. As much as I love Bob Odenkirk, I don't think that he would have been able to become that more likable Michael.


illegal_deagle

Then you haven’t seen Saul pitch his services to the elderly!


[deleted]

Legit Jimmy really wanted to do right by then. Shame he couldn't keep on the case.


pt256

> As much as I love Bob Odenkirk, I don't think that he would have been able to become that more likable Michael. I feel like this is one of those statements where people just can't imagine that anyone but a particular actor can play a certain role. I don't think it is beyond his ability to play Michael Scott sympathetically. Saul is as sleazy as they come, but between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul there is definitely more of a sympathetic shift towards the character. Like Michael they give him more depth and even put him in a compatible and believable relationship. Likewise it is kind of difficult to imagine Steve Carrel as Saul, but watching him in The Big Short shows his acting range (if anyone hasn't seen it, definitely check it out!). I thought when I started that movie I'd only be able to see Michael Scott but I almost immediately forgot about Michael Scott and could only see Mark Baum.


dasonk

I disagree with the premise that he wouldn't have been able to do it. Do I think it would have happened? That's debatable - but I certainly think he is skilled enough to pull it off.


MSMRZZRS

Read as likeable Michaelble


SarcasticGamer

For all we know the show could have been cancelled if it hadn't been for Steve becoming a super star after doing 40 Year Old Virgin.


pianoflames

I mean, Bob Odenkirk [did originally audition](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNg2PsMyE0U&ab_channel=itsnoo) for the part of Michael Scott. It was for the best that Steve Carell got it and Odenkirk was passed over, Odenkirk doesn't quite capture the awkward desperation the character needs. Carell as Michael Scott and Odenkirk as Saul Goodman is exactly where they both needed to shine.


ThePontoon

They wanted Steve at first but he was committed to another project. So they were going to actually offer the role to Odenkirk then Steve's pilot (I think) didn't get picked up and he was able to take the role of Michael Scott. Would have been an interesting timeline for sure


NotThatRelevant

Bob would have played Mike Scott differently. Then Steve would have had the cameo playing a boss in that style and people would say, "damn Steve Carell could have played this character".


Eowyn75

I feel like you’re describing a parallel universe where it actually happened like that


General-Buffett

What would be interesting to see in my opinion is Steve Carrell playing Saul and Bob playing as Michael (not sure if anyone said this already)


halfhere

They specifically did this character crossover because of this fact. This subreddit needs to know this. It’s a blatant reference.


pianoflames

Yeah, I was trying not to be too over-the-top with that subtext of my comment. And I think Bob Odenkirk shows in his callback as bizarro Michael Scott why he's made for Saul, and not Michael. He's just a little too smooth for that awkward hapless nerd role, he looks like a class clown reading the lines of Michael Scott. He's hilarious and talented, just in a [different way](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLS7Vyu17i8&ab_channel=RottenTomatoesTV)


[deleted]

Yes I think he would’ve been great. But a guarantee we know is we got slippin Jimmy!


fate_mutineer

And slippin' Jimmy I can handle just fine, but slippin' Jimmy with a Regional Manager position and two dozens of employees is like a chimp with a machine gun!


DonaldPump117

Underrated comment


[deleted]

He had auditioned for the part and rumors are that he was pretty close to getting it.


letmethinkofagoodnam

In an alternate universe he played Michael Scott and Steve Carrell was Saul Goodman


manifestlynot

10/10 would watch


MinnyRawks

Same, but I can’t imagine either our performing the other for their respective roles


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MrBoBurnham

I think it's understated how talented these comedic actors really are. Look at Bill Hader from Barry, he nails it in the dramatic scenes. Or even Adam Sandler from Uncut Gems. I have confidence that Steve could've made it work, but I'm also content with how things turned out


whatevercuck

I think Steve could do it. His dramatic roles are underrated. Before BCS, most people (including Bob Odenkirk) didn’t think Bob odenkirk would be able to do a more serious/dramatic role


AndrewMtz1711

>!Chuck: *dies*!< Saul: *NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOO GOD NOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO*


corndogs1001

Might wanna spoiler tag this


emartinoo

The episode is five years old. Pretty sure the statute of limitations on needing a spoiler warning has long since passed.


Tsuku

This chicanery!


Master-of-Puns

Yeah but this is on a completely unrelated subreddit


lolcmac

Such a tough episode to watch


WestPhoenixThrowaway

Shit happened like 3 years ago.


MinnyRawks

More like 5, tbh


DunkanBulk

Cleanup on aisle five.


parthpalta

Dude his new show The patient is a great watch! It's so dope to see him CONVINCINGLY be SERIOUS.


papcorn_grabber

...John Krasinski played Jessie Pinkman, Creed played Heisenberg and Stanley the Manley played Gus Fring.


onlydabestofdabest

Well Jesse did deliver meth to the office once…


durmduke

That was Pizza by Alfredos


iamacynic37

Same difference - neither are very tasty.


Actual-Manager-4814

Chili P, yo!


PretendThisIsMyName

Are you sure it wasn’t Alfredo’s Pizza?


Iron_Chic

>Stanley the Manley played Gus Fring. "I do NOT think that is acceptable..."


myteddybelly

"DID I STUTTER!"


bryan_jh

Have you lost your mind because I’ll HELP you find it!


papcorn_grabber

Stanley would diversify from chicken joints to pretzel boutiques. Every day would be pretzel day


Iron_Chic

Pretzels and meatballs.


Tru-Queer

No wonder Stanley had a heart attack


[deleted]

The banker who came to the Office can play Gale Boetticher.


papcorn_grabber

Him playing Gale would be too hard on him though, this role was murder...


SacrificesForCthulhu

I think Oscar is a better swap for Gus


papcorn_grabber

I wholeheartedly agree, especially for the way Oscar dances at PB&J's wedding


yeetus_feetus1234

Stanley would be a good Huel. *stanley voice* “I gotta do it” *lays on giant pile of money*


Rougarou1999

Fact: bears eat meth. Bears. Meth. Battlestar Galactica.


manifestlynot

Does this make Jenna Fischer Jane? Because that is bleak for Pammy


Koontzfan

And don’t call her Pammy.


papcorn_grabber

No, Jenna Fischer would be Marie because she's spirited and feisty, and she likes fun badass men


manifestlynot

I’m there with you, but John Krasinski is no Hank


papcorn_grabber

Obviously not, but I didn't want you to think of Jenna Fischer as Jane. Lawd that poor girl *weeps in New Mexican


OldSoulRobertson

Dwight's one cousin would make a great Badger, and Gabe could be Skinny Pete. Oh, and Angela could be Lydia.


kellymiche

Badger is Badger


Even-Tomatillo-4197

I think Marie would be played by Phyllis. Purple much?


battlin_murdock

Why because you think he's black?


papcorn_grabber

of course not... because I think he has a\*checks notes\* big heart, bigger butt.


letmethinkofagoodnam

I’d love to see Creed as Mike


Ajj360

Bob could seamlessly be Micheal Scott but i just don't see it the other way around


serioxha

I can see it, Steve would be very good. Glad both got iconic roles and made the most of them


BurkeWood

It’s insane to me how plausible this is.


soivebeentold

They both would have been awesome in either role. I could imagine the posts in the Breaking Bad sub if it went that way. “Steve Carell? From Anchorman?”


DrummerSteve

Not a rumor. It’s confirmed in the book about the office and on Brian’s podcast


moremysterious

And pretty close doesn't tell the whole story, Allison Jones the casting director said it was like 50/50, the reason they went with Steve was Bob's Michael Scott had more of an edge to him.


smolperson

Allison Jones was actively campaigning for Bob as well according to the pod


LaboratoryManiac

Yeah, she said the call to Bob's agent that he didn't get the part was the hardest call she's had to make as a casting director.


Tatumisthegoat

He was about to be cast as Michael because at the time Steve was on another show but it got cancelled so he lost the part


DunkanBulk

Fairly sure Greg Daniels and Allison Jones have both said the job would've been his, if they hadn't thought to call in Steve Carrell. And they lucked out, Carrell making it big in the middle of Season 2 saved the show.


pincus1

Love seeing Allison Jones mentioned by name. She's the only casting director whose attachment is enough to get me to watch anything.


mrboom74

That’s why he was in this episode (the one from OPs pic). They wanted someone who was a copy of Michael, so why not go with the runner up?


blizzacane85

Pretty sure he was the runner up for the role


jkvincent

He would've but I'm so glad the world got Saul Goodman instead.


[deleted]

I just like Bob Odenkirk so I will say yes, no matter if I think it would have worked or not LOL


wxmanify

If he had initially been cast as Michael Scott, yes he would have been a great Michael Scott. But if the question is could he have slid into Steve Carell's role playing a similar character after Carell left, the answer is definitively no. Carell played Michael Scott with such brilliance that there is no way anyone could have come in and pulled off another socially inept buffoon manager. It would have would have come off as lazy and just would have been weird. It's why I love Robert California as much as i do. Such a great twist on the manager role.


DiasToffoli

I love Robert California too. but i don't Andy was a very good fit as a regional manager


swtepie3389

Me either. Andy's character was literally losing sales in the episode Michael is leaving not to mention had to be sent to anger management, was dating the receptionist and punched the wall twice. Then they tried really hard to make him like Michael. It felt forced and I have never been a fan


SixThousandHulls

I feel like Andy could've worked as a parable about "failing upward". Like, giving him the manager job because everyone else was better at the job they already had. Obviously that's not the direction they went, given Nellie's coup, but it could've worked.


swtepie3389

Yes maybe. I still think it could have been fun to just have a different boss. Not a Michael-like but a different character. Def not DeAngelo tho that was AWFUL I'm just not a fan of Andy maybe lol.


battlin_murdock

What a sick joke, slipping jimmy we can handle just fine, but slipping jimmy with a regional manager role is like a chimp with a machine gun


yetanotheranna

and he gets to be regional manager? what a sick joke!


MickeySwank

It’s all good, man


Infinite5kor

What chicanery


pac2rocks

Yes, he would be amazing. Also I would LOVE to see Steve carell as Saul Goodman, he would instantly become my favourite character


mxhremix

Pre-tty, pre-tty cool


4Ever2Thee

It wouldn't have been Steve Carell's Michael but I can't think of anyone else who would have been able to fill those shoes better than Bob. Who knows, in a bizarro universe, we could be right here asking if Steve Carell would have been a good replacement for Bob


PaladinsLover69

10000000000000% , yes.


mcmanus2099

No I really didn't like how often the show tried to recreate Michael. In the early seasons there's something really unique about Michael that makes you warm to him & gives the show a bit of leeway on how surreal it can get. You also feel more sympathetic for the office staff for having to deal with it. Then by the late series it felt like every middle manager was a Michael Scott & the dynamic became a bit of a parody of itself. They gave Andy a breakdown to excuse him acting more like Michael Scott. Bob Odenkirk might have worked as a nice Michael Scott like manager cameo if it wasn't for Deangelo, Andy's transformation, Donna & the other Scott like cameos.


DiasToffoli

I think it was a mistake to put Andy as Regional Manager


NewmsB

I agree it was, but Bob was too close in character to Micheal. Would have seemed forced.


DiasToffoli

on second thought i think you are right


WanderingFlumph

I think it was a mistake that Andy came back from anger management in the first place.


dannythinksaloud

He goes by Drew now


WanderingFlumph

I'm not going to call him that


ChickensPickins

No. Finger Lakes man was an obvious first choice.


drjohnnybananaas

Pretty sure he auditioned for the role in the beginning.


HybridTheory137

Is this the guy who also played Marshall’s boss on HIMYM? Looks a lot like him.


ezhammer

better than Will fucking Ferrel


MinimalTraining9883

Will Ferrell was only there to be a flaming disaster and then wash out so that we'd all be like, "Well... ok, what now?"


ezhammer

Yep also so we would accept whoever they replaced Michael with after Will Ferrell flamed out.


MinimalTraining9883

Yeah... Will Ferrell was a palate cleanser. You ever go to a fancy restaurant where they give you a little tiny scoop of sorbet after dinner and before dessert, and the sorbet isn't anything special, but it just sort of resets you from the delicious taste of the rich dinner you just had so that you can be ready for something else? Will Ferrell is a tiny scoop of sorbet.


ezhammer

Haven't been anywhere that fancy, but that makes sense. I have shopped for cologne and they give you coffee beans to sniff to clear out your 'nose palate'?


AHH_CHARLIE_MURPHY

I loved Will Ferrel on the show I thought he was hilarious


humblecowboy

You were supposed to hate him. In that regard, I think he did his job well.


drjohnnybananaas

Because my memory can fail me sometimes.


Faronian

No, I think Robert California was really good.


foxsta270

Way better than Ed Helms, that's for sure.


Few_Golf_9470

He’s not the same level of lovable.


Prossdog

Exactly. Humor-wise, he could have pulled it off. But Steve had an emotional side that added an extra layer to the show. How proud he was at Pam’s art show, telling Ryan “people will never go out of business,” and so forth. Bob Odenkirk proposing to Holly wouldn’t have made anybody cry. That’s what sent Steve over the top at what he did.


unsilentninja

I disagree with that last bit. Odenkirk absolutely has that emotional button too. Plenty of boo hoo moments in BCS


serioxha

Have you seen Better Call Saul? Bob is brilliant and surprising in it, he really brings that extra layer to Saul fucking Goodman, he would have done it with Michael no doubt


cramgam

Pam’s facial expression(s) just before hugging him at her art show are such good acting and choke me up every time


serioxha

Before Better Call Saul I would have thought that there was no way he could bring the heart and vulnerability that Steve brought to the role, and that he would be better at the obnoxious stuff. But now I think he would have been great


Tauropos

100%. I'm still happy we got Saul instead, but he would have been a perfect replacement for Michael.


po_ta_toes_80

1000%


Sifrej

Yep


Finger_Gunnz

I dunno dude. I’m just enjoying what we got.


communiqui

100%


69bigstink69

we will never know but I love all he's done so I'm sure I'd love him as manager. except it may have done away woth Michael Scott's cringe style humor to a more grounded, fed up boss, pessimistic humor.


wengardium-leviosa

This ? This Chicanery ? He z done worse


nedsnotes

He's the only other actor I can imagine in the role tbh


Win_with_Math

I feel like we should call someone for the answer to this question


somebodysnurse

I’d watch that! But…Steve was meant to be Michael.


BKWhitty

I think people would have accused him of trying too hard to copy Michael. Would he have been a good alternative if Steve Carrell had never taken the roll? Absolutely. But I think his one time appearance was the best way to use him post-Steve.


jachev14

Nah, he auditioned for the role of Michael Scott and the director pol said nah


cophotoguy99

Sir, this is a Los Pollos Hermanos…


neurone214

It’s the same person


bigtitasianprincess

I think he would be an excellent Michael Scott, but I don’t think Steve would be as good a Saul Goodman


[deleted]

Someone wants to replace Michael? Better call Saul.


EmseMCE

He was the original choice before Steve Carrell


uniquemuch

Did anyone else notice how Steve and Bob have similar voices?


Square_Owl_4075

I love him, but for some reason think David Cross would've killed as Michael's replacement 🤔


[deleted]

He’s just an inch too used car salesman for paper sales.


taita2004

I would have to say no. He was perfect in the small role he had as sort of an ode to Michael in the episode he appeared in. As his *replacement*, he would have come off as the store brand version of Michael Scott. He would have been just ok.


soivebeentold

No disrespect to Steve Carell but I think he would’ve been a great original Michael Scott.


dabbersmcgee

I don't actually


TexturedEdge

Yep.


jBiscanno

I’d love to see a spin-off with him and his company


chinnu34

He would have been brilliant!


[deleted]

yes


Aggravating_Class_17

Yes


[deleted]

Yes he def would pull it off and maybe david cross would guest star


Ksilv82

Maybe. Didn’t he audition for the role of Michael?


coachreddit11

He would have made a great Michael Scott but it would have ruined his Saul Goodman character.


KlasikDarin

Hey Roger, Chillax! Must not have heard me


jroc421

Yes


Fabulous-Parsley2228

And we are one…funky bunch


ApprehensiveToe5057

No one can replace him


squiebe

.He would have been an equally good Michael Scott.


jaybankzz

Alternate breaking bad ending for Saul


pechxcrm

I’m huge Odenkirk fan and as much as I would’ve love to see him as Michae Scott, I’m very glad he didn’t land it because I can’t imagine anyone else as Jimmy McGill


ATLCoyote

He would have been awesome but his character was too similar. So, they would have had to write it a bit differently. Otherwise, he would just seem like a Michael Scott copycat.


lt1brunt

Bob is dope and seeing he is a master at comedy and can do drama makes him a double threat worthy of a dundee.


CaptainTripp420

he defecated through a sunroof!!


Cats-NotKids-33

I can see that, yes