Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley’s wedding day almost didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to.
But fans will also remember the pair actually got married earlier that day onboard the Maid of the Mist IV boat at Niagara Falls.
According to a new book titled Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office, Paul Feig — a producer and frequent director on The Office — said the series creator Greg Daniels’ original idea for the concept was “insane.”
The initial idea revealed Pam’s ex-fiancé, Roy Anderson (David Denman), attempts to interrupt her wedding, with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) interfering in his scheme.
“Dwight is at the hotel, and he’s looking at all these photos of animals going over the falls, and Roy shows up on a horse to try and win Pam back. He abandons the horse, and Dwight puts it together and he gets on the horse and he starts going over the falls, riding a horse, and then he realises it’s a terrible idea,” Daniels, 58, said in the book.
“He jumps out at the last minute. And while Pam and Jim are getting married, a horse goes over in the background. everyone’s just screaming at me. They were like, ‘You can’t have a horse die at the moment of maximum romance!'”
Despite its outrageousness, the idea came close to making it into the episode. Krasinski, 42, says the scene was in the script “up until shooting.”
“It was part of a Dwight story and I meant for it to balance the unabashed romance of the A-plot, but after the table reading, the cast sat me down and told me I was wrong and I listened to them,” Daniels revealed. “It was like an intervention of normal people in the life of a comedy addict.”
Instead, The Office crew came up with a last-minute idea where Dunder Mifflin employees danced down the aisle to Chris Brown’s ‘Forever’ — The concept was based on a real-life viral video.
“It was kind of the perfect setup. And then when we were shooting in that church all day, I mean, it was so much to shoot that we were running out of time,” Feig, 59, said. “Literally, I had like a half-hour left. I was like, ‘I don’t even have time to get this dance number!’ So we’re going to have maybe two takes at it. And the first time they did it, it was gold. It’s just like, that’s it. Drop the mic.”
Feig said they “decided to intermix the dance number with the [Niagra Falls] wedding.”
“I still get so emotional watching that because it’s so beautiful,” he added. “The way that it goes back and forth between the two.”
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