And Jennifer Aniston reveals she was “madly in love” with one of her high school co-stars as the cast and crew celebrate the cult comedy’s 20th anniversary.
Can you imagine “Office Space” with Matt damon in the main role? It almost happened.
Weekly entertainment reunited writer-director Mike Judge with the cast and crew to uncover behind-the-scenes secrets in honor of the cult comedy’s 20th anniversary, and they dropped more than a few fun anecdotes. Our favorites, however, came down to the story of how Ron Livingston beat the “Good Will Hunting” star for the role of Peter, and Jennifer aniston to be “madly in love” with one of the high school actors. We’ll get to that in a minute, but we would never have guessed who it was based on the actress’ dating story.
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The judge explained that when 20th Century Fox gave the 1998 comedy the green light, executives wanted him to consider making Damon the insecure Initech programmer who accidentally reaches a state of permanent relaxation after a hypnotherapy session went wrong. “They didn’t like the actors I wanted. I almost backed out,” Judge revealed, but he was willing to give Damon a chance.
Casting director Nancy Klopper said: “Mike agreed to go to New York and meet Matt, who was a fan of his. Then Ron Livingston’s agent asked if he could audition. He had performed. in ‘Swingers’ and in a few TV comedies, but was not well known. “
Livingston’s role in “Swingers” was small, so he credited the leads Vince vaughn and that of Jon Favreau fame as the reason he even received an injection. The judge was not in the room when Livingston auditioned, but those there were stunned: he took him out of the park.
“Mike writes in a very specific cadence,” Klopper explained. “When Ron read I was like, ‘Oh my God. I was knocked out.’
Livingston added, “I had a hell of a good hearing. I requisitioned Nancy’s desk and started using her drawers, files and phone.”
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So Klopper immediately sent the tape to the judge in New York with the message: “You are not going to believe this guy.”
The judge said he asked the hotel for a VHS player (remember that !?), then called the casting director back immediately after watching Livingston’s audition and said, “I could do this movie today with Ron. “
What about Damon? The judge explained, “I met Matt, who was really nice and liked the script. But I had found Peter.”
Aniston was also on hand for the nostalgic conversation and dropped a “fun fact” that she went to high school with “Office Space” star David Herman, who played Michael Bolton, another disgruntled employee of Peter, alongside Ajay Naidu’s Samir. The trio are best known for beating the hell out of a slow-motion printer.
The A-list star who was married to Brad pitt and Justin theroux revealed that she actually had a huge crush on Herman when she was a teenager.
“Fun fact: I went to high school in New York City with David Herman. I was in his second year when he was in senior year. He was a quiet genius actor back then. I was sort of mad in love. of him, and also terrified of him, “she said with a laugh.
Herman revealed another fun fact. “Thanks to his star power, a bunch of unknowns were in the movie. That would never happen today,” he said, referring to the fact that Aniston was a true TV star at the time because of “Friends”.
Klopper said the studio demanded a “big name” for Joanna, the waitress character Aniston played, as the male lead role was relatively unknown.
Producer Michael Rotenberg added that Aniston “liked the script, but was worried about having such a big star in a smaller role.”
“I don’t think I was the biggest back then,” Aniston said. “I was excited to do a comedy like ‘Office Space’; features like this just weren’t happening to me then.”
Livingston joked, “Jen’s agents probably told her she was going to co-star with Matt Damon.”