‘The Workplace’: 3 Actual-Life Inspirations Behind Dwight Shrute


“Once I first went, it was their informal Friday and the man there grew to become my Dwight inspiration,” she says. “He was sporting a t-shirt with a wolf on it. I used to be like, ‘Oh, I see you.’”

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“They’re howling on the moon. It is suggestive to ladies due to the howling throughout intercourse.”

The third key inventor of Dwight was, in fact, Rainn Wilson, who performed a job in creating the character’s signature look. 

“It was crucial to me that I’ve the least-flattering haircut doable to my head—which I designed particularly,” says Wilson in Andy Greene’s The Workplace: The Untold Story of the Best Sitcom of the 2000s.

Different bodily particulars helped outline Dwight, like “the truth that he nonetheless wears a beeper, which is about eight years after beepers have been fully discontinued, as a result of he in all probability has some quantity that somebody would possibly nonetheless have,” says Wilson. “All of this stuff put collectively, after which it type of comes into your physique.”

You’ll be able to see Dwight’s drive for authority and energy within the posture Wilson created for the character. “Nicely, he’s going to say his energy along with his pelvis and perhaps stand inappropriately near somebody,” he says. “And it’s type of like an alpha-male sort of factor.”

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