'The Office' Star Rainn Wilson Explains How Dwight Schrute Would Take Inspiration From Netflix's 'Tiger King'

Rainn Wilson says 'The Office's Dwight Schrute would take inspiration from 'Tiger King' on Netflix.
Rainn Wilson says 'The Office's Dwight Schrute would take inspiration from 'Tiger King' on Netflix. / Michael Tran/Getty Images

The crossover we didn't know we needed.

Just like nearly everyone during quarantine, Dwight Schrute of The Office fame found himself totally hooked on Netflix's docuseries Tiger King, which follows former zookeeper Joe Exotic through his journey from opening up his big cat park to being sentenced to prison. The Dwight Schrute actor caught the attention of fans last month when posting a hilarious photo of his character's face over Joe's, turning the controversial animal lover into "Dwight Exotic." It really just fits so well.

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So when Entertainment Weekly caught up with Schrute recently, of course they had to touch upon the Netflix instant-classic. When asked if he thought Dwight would get into the phenomenon, the Emmy nominee said, "Oh yeah," adding, "Probably somewhere in the northwestern Pennsylvania fictional land where Dwight Schrute actually exists, there would be Schrute Zoo, inspired by Tiger King." Now that's a spinoff we're going to need ASAP.

Wilson also went on to imagine how Dwight and Angela would be handling the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining to EW that the pair would be living on Schrute Farm with their son, keeping all others "relegated to the barn" before the spread of the virus. And for when they would need to begin social distancing, Dwight, "wouldn't allow them anywhere near [his family]. I think there'd be a lot of guns involved." That's not too far-fetched of an idea, but the most believable scenario is how Wilson believes his character would try to help others in this trying time. "Dwight's advice would all be about working on your self-defense," the actor stated. "Dwight would have confused the coronavirus with the zombie apocalypse." Hilarious!

Remember that failed pilot NBC tried to make happen for Dwight, called The Farm? I think Wilson has some new solid ideas for a show that could really work.