Rainn Wilson Has Unintentionally Become Dwight Schrute

He hasn’t bought a beet farm — yet
Rainn Wilson Has Unintentionally Become Dwight Schrute

Rainn Wilson (aka Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson) is making the media rounds this week, promoting his new Peacock travel show The Geography of Bliss, in which he scours the globe looking for the secret to true happiness, which we’re guessing ultimately turns out to be just staying wherever you are and streaming The Office at all times to block out any creeping existential dread.

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Of course, Wilson is best known for his Office character, the occasionally surprisingly soulful Assistant to the Regional Manager Dwight Schrute. And, as Wilson recently admitted, his behavior has gotten more Dwight-like in certain respects.

During an interview on LIVE with Kelly and Mark, Wilson described how his pet guinea pig Calico died about a month ago, resulting in “a weird act that mirrors Dwight Schrute from The Office.” Wilson said that he didn’t even clue into the similarities between his own life and that of his fictional alter-ego until he was describing the story to LIVE’s producer, recounting how the guinea pig “has been in the freezer since he passed away” because they want to bury him in a “family ritual” but haven’t gotten around to it yet. 

He went on to say that this is a case of “art imitating life” (although technically, it’s life imitating art, Rainn) because “Dwight Schrute did the same thing with Sprinkles the cat.”

Wilson is referring to the episode in which Angela’s cat Sprinkles dies, seemingly of natural causes, and Dwight stores her in the freezer “because of the odor.” Of course, it later turns out that Dwight killed Sprinkles because his farmer’s instinct kicked in, and he felt the need to put the sick animal out of her misery, which he accomplished by locking her in the freezer.

So hopefully, the two stories aren’t quite as closely related as Wilson is suggesting. Quick question, though: Do they do autopsies on guinea pigs?

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