The Two Actors Who Almost Played The Office's Jim and Pam

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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.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: How Jaws’s Most Famous Line Came to Be


The line "You're gonna need a bigger boat" from Jaws (1975) has gone down as one of the most iconic quotes in movie history. Spoken by Chief Brody moments after the eponymous shark appears behind the Orca, it's been referenced countless times in film and television, and ranks 35th on AFI's list of top 100 movie quotes. It was famously ad-libbed by Roy Scheider, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor didn't pull the line out of thin air.

Carl Gottlieb, who co-wrote the screenplay for Jaws, revealed the origin of "You're gonna need a bigger boat" to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. Filming Jaws on the water made for a troubled production, with the crew working off a barge that carried the equipment and craft services plus a smaller support boat. Crew members complained to producers that this support boat was too small, which was how they coined the soon-to-be-famous phrase.

"[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were very stingy producers, so everyone kept telling them, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat,'" Gottlieb told The Hollywood Reporter. "It became a catchphrase for anytime anything went wrong—if lunch was late or the swells were rocking the camera, someone would say, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.'"

Scheider eventually picked up the saying and started sneaking it into takes. One of his ad-libs came after his character's first confrontation with the shark, which is also the audience's first good look at the human-eating antagonist following an hour of suspense-building. Scheider's timing and delivery instantly made movie history. "It was so appropriate and so real and it came at the right moment, thanks to Verna Fields's editing," Gottlieb said.

The stories of the making of Jaws have almost become as famous as the film itself. Here are more facts about Steven Spielberg's classic monster movie.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]