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Rainn Wilson is one of entertainment’s most versatile actors, but he’s best known for his role as Dwight Schrute.
Although Wilson is most recognizable for his work in The Office, he says he doesn’t want to be remembered for the role.
Rainn Wilson spoke to Collider in a recent interview to explain his surprising sentiments.
“Listen, obviously, most people know me from The Office, and they always will, and that’ll be on my tombstone,” said Wilson.
“My epitaph will be, ‘The guy who played Dwight.’ But I did dozens of roles before I played Dwight. I’ve played dozens of roles after Dwight.”
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Besides Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson’s other most famous role was in Juno.
Although he played the witty Rollo behind the cash register, Wilson still doesn’t list him as one of his favorite roles.
Instead, Rainn Wilson cites the 2010 cult classic Super as his proudest role.
In Super, Rainn Wilson played Frank Darbo, a fry cook who decides to become a costumed vigilante named the Crimson Bolt after his wife leaves him.
“We shot that super quick in Shreveport, scenic Shreveport, Louisiana,” said Wilson.
“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 part of it.”
Rain Wilson’s choice surprised fans as the film only grossed just $593,933 at the box office.
Super also scored 49% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Due to the small return to the box office, Super will not have a sequel.
However, Rainn Wilson’s Crimson Bolt made a small cameo in the 2019 movie Brightburn as a photograph.
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Rainn Wilson’s latest project sees him opposite Danel Radcliffe in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
He plays the real-life Dr. Memento, a broadcaster.
Weird received rave reviews from critics, with Slate film critic Dana Stevens praising it for tackling the meta-theme:
“Though it wears out its welcome in one dreary stretch midway through, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (which premiere on the free, ad-supported streaming service the Roku Channel on Friday) is an appropriately goofy tribute to its subject and co-creator: a movie parody about the life of a parodist.”
Rainn Wilson says he doesn’t want to be remembered for his most iconic role