The Two Actors Who Almost Played The Office's Jim and Pam
In the more than six years since NBC's The Office aired its final episode, many of the show's actors, writers, and producers have revealed some behind-the-scenes stories and secrets. The most surprising usually involve hearing about the other actors who came pretty close to being cast to play some of our favorite Scrantonites.
TV Guide reported one such story about Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), the series' beloved on-screen couple. Greg Daniels, who adapted The Office for American television, revealed that he initially had a very different plan for the interoffice love affair. He explained:
"Jenna [Fischer] was the perfect Pam. The only alternative to Jenna: I had a version in mind in which Pam was African American and so was Roy. It would have been Craig Robinson as Roy and Erica Vittina Phillips as Pam. I was flirting with that as part of Americanizing it."
Though Daniels found another role for Robinson, as warehouse supervisor Darryl Philbin, Erica Vittina Phillips did not join the cast (she did, however, go on to appear in a number of hit comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad).
Daniels also revealed that Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott tested for the role of Jim, but ultimately didn't make the cut. In addition, 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub was also in the running for the role of Pam.
Though all of these actors are hilarious in their own right, and probably would have done a stellar job in the roles, it's impossible to imagine Jim and Pam as anyone but Krasinski and Fischer at this point.