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‘The Office’ stars say they were almost ‘poisoned’ during filming

“The Office” put several members of the cast and crew out of work permanently.

The two stars of the comedy series recently revealed that they almost died twice while filming a certain episode.

Jenna Fischer, who starred as Pam on the hit NBC show, and Angela Kinsey, who played Angela, share all the behind-the-scenes details in their new book, “The Office BFF: Tales of ‘The Office’ from Best Friends Who”. Shared the drama. Were there.”

In excerpts from the book released by Mashable, two former co-stars revealed that actor Bryan Cranston, 66, has stepped down to direct Season 9 Episode 4, titled “Work Bus.”

In this episode, coworkers are driven out of their office building and into a “mobile work station” for the day.

Fischer, 48, noted that the “small airport shuttle” was filled with 14 actors, four crew members, several desks, chairs, lamps, printers, a water cooler, a microwave, a TV and a coffeemaker.

“What could have gone wrong? Who could have predicted that Ellie Kemper would piss off her pants, or that the entire cast would almost be killed twice?” she wrote.

“It was a very hot day and whenever we started filming, the air conditioning in the bus had to be turned off because it was too noisy. We were basically in hot tin cans with no air. i thought brian [Baumgartner] and cult [Bratton] were about to melt. Oscar [Nunez] Looked dead inside. Plus, it was a very windy road. Kinsey, 50, wrote, “Jenna was getting a little carsick despite the chair facing forward.” “At the time, heat and nausea seemed like our biggest obstacles.”

Once on the open road, the script called for a scene of “Dwight driving like a maniac”. The bus was attached to a rig when the crew recorded Rainn Wilson at the wheel. But the reactions weren’t genuine enough as the cast members pretended to be thrown around, so a stunt driver was called in.

“However, there were no stunt actors. We stayed and were told to keep doing what we were doing. And off we went,” Fisher noted in the book.

“We were all jumping on the road, blissfully unaware of what was about to happen. We were having our say and everything was going smoothly when all of a sudden, we heard the assistant director shout, ‘Swarv!'” Kinsey explained.

Kinsey, who played Fisher and Angela, who starred as Pam on the hit show, recalled the day the cast and crew were put on an airport shuttle bus for an entire day of shooting.
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The stunt driver turned “hard” and the cast and all their furniture, props and set decorations flew around the bus.

“All of us were crushed next to the bus. Ellie’s chair crashed into Jake [Lacy]’s. Jake crashed mine, and I was pushed against the glass window. Papers were everywhere. I grabbed my desk lamp as it slid on my lap. Some people fell on the floor of the bus, and we could barely see them because a lot of things had fallen on them,” Kinsey explained.

The cast were let out for lunch after boxing in cramped sweltering sets and were delighted to learn that the crew had acquired a portable air-conditioning unit that would blow air through the sunroof.

“We left. No more laughter fits. No more pee. We were taking our shots. That’s when I noticed a strange smell,” Fischer said. She continued to express concern, but was ignored until others agreed. “We started arguing about whether the bus smelled strange. Then our camera operator spoke. She didn’t feel well. She stumbled and set up her camera.”

“Guess what?” Fisher wrote. “The intake hose of the portable air-conditioning unit was right next to the exhaust pipe on the bus. So she was sucking the hose into the exhaust and blowing it directly into the sunroof of the bus. We were all slowly consuming poison. Or not so slow, really.”

The cast and crew survived a tough day of shooting and continued to wrap up the final season of the beloved sitcom. The ninth and final season ended on May 16, 2013.

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