Rhys Darby for The Office?

August 12th, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Is Murray getting a promotion?

is reportedly being lined up for a role on after comedian Steve Carell’s dodgy manager Michael Scott leaves the hit sitcom later this year.

Darby, famous for his role as the incompetent manager of Flight of the Conchords, is one of two heavyweights vying for a spot on the US adaptation of the British classic, according to reports.

Entertainment Weekly reported Darby had been approached to “gauge his interest” in joining the cast of The Office near the end of the seventh season.

I think Darby would be brilliant in The Office. The US version is every bit as good as the UK version (despite the first few episodes), and Darby would be a great fit for it.

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20 Responses to “Rhys Darby for The Office?”

  1. Fletch (6,296 comments) says:

    I think he’d be good for the role as well. I’ve only watched the US series as I can’t stand Gervais.

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  2. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    The US version is every bit as good as the UK version

    No it isn’t. (You’re not supposed to be able to stand Ricky Gervais, that’s the brilliance of it.)

    Mad props for Rhys Darby if he gets the role though.

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  3. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Dude is seriously overexposed on our screens, so if it gets him off shore and less airtime here then i’m all for it…

    also cos i dont watch the office so yeah…go hard bro !!!

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  4. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    He’d be perfect. What are they waiting for?

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  5. James Stephenson (2,155 comments) says:

    You’re not supposed to be able to stand Ricky Gervais, that’s the brilliance of it.

    Is that the brilliance of everything he ever does then? Oh, and thanks Fletch, I thought I was all alone in my feelings towards RG.

    I have a completely pristine and un-watched copy of “Extras” on DVD if anyone wants it….

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  6. Tom B (55 comments) says:

    Agree on RD over-exposure.

    Also – at what point did he become “a heavyweight”? I’m not knocking what he has achieved but if I was asked to name, on the international level, who were comedy heavyweights he really wouldn’t be up there.

    @James – I would love that DVD! I’ve only managed to see one snippet of the show which was the David Bowie ‘fatty’ song which was just painfully funny.

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  7. Fot (252 comments) says:

    How can anybody think that Gervais and Darby are funny?

    I suspect that many people who “claim” to be a fan of the office (UK version) and Darby do so because it is terribly trendy to follow the show.

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  8. Lance (2,635 comments) says:

    @Fot
    Oh go and pull the wings off a fly or something

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  9. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    It’s always good when the humourless pronounce their judgement on comedy. Tonight’s entertainment brought to you by: Stephenson, Tom B and Fot.

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  10. Tom B (55 comments) says:

    And tonight’s poor reading skills brought to you by RRM. I made no comment on whether Darby was funny or not, just whether he was over exposed and whether he could be properly labelled an international heavyweight.

    Nice work with the name calling too – looks good on you.

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  11. Sam (501 comments) says:

    “I made no comment on whether Darby was funny or not, just whether he was over exposed and whether he could be properly labelled an international heavyweight”

    Ummm, forgive me if I’m mistaken, but that would be a judgement on comedy, wouldn’t it…?

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  12. Fletch (6,296 comments) says:

    The US version is not quite as much a must-watch now that Pam and Jim are together, although Carrel is always good for a chuckle (as is the guy who plays Dwight).

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  13. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    UI think hed be perfect for the roll. It would streamline things I don’t watch.

    I could not watch Darby and the office at the same time saving myself 30 minutes of not watching something time each week!

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  14. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    And Oi! do not use my name like that thanks.

    Its my actual name not a made up one by someone with a welsh name.

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  15. Tom B (55 comments) says:

    “Ummm, forgive me if I’m mistaken, but that would be a judgement on comedy, wouldn’t it…?”

    I don’t reckon so – if I said Richie McCaw was mediocre that would be a judgement on a rugby player and not a judgement on Rugby.

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  16. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    Americans don’t do things by halves. That’s why they don’t understand understatement.

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  17. Anthony (795 comments) says:

    That’s so right John! A former flatmate of mine reckoned the American motto was “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing!”

    That’s why the Flight of the Concords was so different to other American comedy.

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  18. Haiku Dave (265 comments) says:

    the american
    office seems to’ve been on as
    long as fuckin M*A*S*H

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