As Will Ferrell himself said to Andy Green in the book The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s. he asked the show’s creative team if he could make a cameo when he heard that Carell was leaving. Danny Chan, writer of the show’s seventh season, recalled: “We were so worried about what you would do the day after Michael left; it was the most tense and frightening episode one could think of. for example: “What if I come for a few episodes? Will it help?” And we thought: “Yes, of course, this will help.”
Ferrell played DeAngelo Vickers, an eccentric, manipulative businessman deluded by his own insecurities. On paper, he looks eerily like Michael Scott, although Vickers had far fewer good qualities. It was probably embarrassing for Ferrell to appear on the show as such a powerful and offensive character. He told Green, “It was a bit intimidating at first because this lineup is like a well-oiled machine and they know each other so well.” He eventually settled into his role and hosted four episodes of the series before being written out for good.
When Ferrell was announced to be joining the series, Paul Lieberstein wrote, “We found Steve Carell when he was just a movie star and we turned him into a TV star…We are proud to continue the Office tradition of discovering famous talent and we hopefully once Americans get to see Will better, they’ll see what we see: amazing raw s*xiness” (via Term).
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