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Rainn Wilson’s Favorite Acting Role Isn’t From The Office

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Actor Rainn Wilson says his favorite acting role is not from The Office. It’s his role as Crimson Bolt in James Gunn’s Super.

Speaking to Collider, the actor best known for his role as Dwight Schrute for nine seasons on the hit NBC sitcom explained why he does not want his fans to remember him only as Michael Scott’s right-hand colleague. While proud of the role that made him a star, Wilson hopes people will discover his other underrated performances. “Listen, obviously most people know me from The Office, and they always will, and that’ll be on my tombstone,” Wilson said.

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“My epitaph will be, ‘The guy who played Dwight,'” he continued. “But I did dozens and dozens of roles before I played Dwight. I’ve played dozens of roles after Dwight.”

Out of all the acting roles he played since his career began in the late ’90s, Wilson points out his work as the short-order cook turned vigilante in Gunn’s 2011 dark comedy. “I would say my favorite role, or one I would love to be remembered for, is the movie Super by James Gunn,” Wilson said. “It was, again, super low budget. We shot that super quick in Shreveport, scenic Shreveport, Louisiana. But I think the combination of humor, darkness, tragedy, insane imagination, my brain gets touched by the finger of God. I think it’s an extraordinary work, and I’m really proud to have been a part of it.”

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Super starred Wilson as down-on-his-luck cook Frank Darbo who believes God has chosen him to become a superhero. Taking on the identity of a masked vigilante known as the “Crimson Bolt,” Darbo hits the streets with a lead pipe to beat down criminals in search of his wife (Liv Tyler), who’s been captured by a vicious drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Wilson accepted the lead role after it was suggested to him by Office co-star and Gunn’s ex-wife Jenna Fischer.

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“I got a copy of the script, and when I was 22 pages into it I texted James and said, ‘I’m in,'” Wilson said. “‘I want to do this movie, I love it, my hands are trembling.’ And it wasn’t a sexual thing. I completely fell in love with it.” Released in April 2011, Super underperformed financially and was met with mixed reviews, with some critics comparing it to Kick-Ass. Wilson later reprised the Crimson Bolt role for a mid-credits cameo via still photo in the Gunn-produced Brightburn in 2019.

Wilson can next be seen as radio broadcaster Dr. Demento in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on Roku TV.

Source: Collider via NME

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