'The Office' Star Brian Baumgartner Reveals the Hardest Part About Shooting Kevin's Iconic Chili Scene
Long live the chili spilling scene! One of the most unforgettable moments from The Office was undoubtedly when Kevin Malone (played by Brian Baumgartner) accidentally dropped his "famous" chili and it tragically spilled all over the Dunder Mifflin floor. What a cold open.
While fans thankfully have re-runs and Netflix binges to watch every iconic episode of the hit show, Baumgartner has been doing a little reminiscing himself. In a new interview with Us Weekly, the actor revealed what the hardest part of his memorable scene was.
“One take. They call me the ‘One Take Wonder.’ Everyone calls me that,” Baumgartner recalled, admitting his chances to get the scene right were numbered. “They had three pots. They had to put a piece of carpet over the other carpet. And so they had gigantic pieces, because it was a mess and they knew it was gonna be a mess. So three gigantic pieces.”
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“They came to me before and were like … ‘After that we’re done, there’s no more to done.’ But after doing it once, and the hardest part was the actual spilling. Making sure that that looked real and it was. How filthy I was, like my hands were stained kind of [with] that chili brown color," the actor added.
Hilariously enough, Baumgartner had to go out after filming the chili scene, and admitted the smell of his character's famous dish was still lurking on his skin. Gross!