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Mackenzie Crook Says Things Said On Office Couldn't Be Used In Workplace Anymore

Rebecca Shepherd

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Mackenzie Crook Says Things Said On Office Couldn't Be Used In Workplace Anymore

The Office star Mackenzie Crook has revealed that he doesn't think the comedy could be made today.

The 50-year-old actor opened up about the sitcom, which was written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, where he played Gareth Keenan.

Mackenzie as Gareth Keenan. Credit: BBC
Mackenzie as Gareth Keenan. Credit: BBC

Speaking to The Independent, he said: "I suppose it’s a document of its time. What we were portraying back then were things that were being said in an office environment, and people were getting away with it.

"So we were pointing it out – laughing at those people who were behaving so badly. But yeah, I don’t think those things could be said in a workplace anymore without somebody picking up on them.

"So no, you wouldn’t have it now in a comedy.”

Mackenzie with Ricky Gervais. Credit: BBC
Mackenzie with Ricky Gervais. Credit: BBC

Talking about his character, he went on: "He’s a bit of a monster actually, Gareth," before adding: "I didn’t remember him being quite so… urgh. The things he comes out with when he’s trying to chat up girls are diabolical."

After the show ended in 2003, it meant Crook could leave his character behind (and the haircut) which he seemed to be pretty happy about as he explained that he was sick of 'going into a pub and young blokes getting me to speak to their brother on the phone... that would spoil a night out'.

From then, he's gone on to land roles on Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones as well as the title role of Worzel Gummidge.

Speaking earlier this year, Mackenzie revealed his love of filming in nature, saying: "Apart from making making people laugh with it (Worzel), that’s my other main priority, this idea that we have to protect our countryside and the nature within it and hopefully to spark an interest."

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

He went on: "On set I tell everyone straightaway to keep their eyes open for little interesting bits of wildlife.

"If anyone finds a toad, tell me about it, and we can come over and quickly and film these little bits and pieces’. 

“Those little details, close-ups of nature, are really important to me.”

Expanding on his love of the great outdoors, he added: “One of my main passions is wildlife… I’ve never lived in the country, but I grew up very close to the country and spent all my time down at the river exploring and learning to name the birds and the flowers. 

“That’s always been a real passion of mine.

“So to find myself in a position where I can weave that interest and that passion into my work and get paid for it is brilliant. How cheeky is that?”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: TV and Film, The Office

Rebecca Shepherd
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