Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Office’s Kevin Character More Hip Everyman Than Loser

BURBANK, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Playing big, slow guys is nothing new to rotund character actor Brian Baumgartner but he sees the character he plays on The Office as leaps above his usual roles.

Baumgartner admits the “big, sorta slow guy is nothing new in comedy” but says his Office character, Kevin Malone, is a fat part unlike his other roles.

In his words: “Kevin is completely honest and inappropriate – but he also has a confidence and a hipster [background] completely his own.”

The actor says he sees his character as being a hip writer or musician somewhere else “if he hadn’t taken the job at Dunder Mifflin.”

His one flaw, says Baumgartner, is that “he never figured out he was supposed to do that.”

The Office airs Thursdays on NBC.

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