The Office (US)
Rainn Wilson became a household name playing the obnoxious Dwight Schrute in the hit series The Office (US) for nine seasons. On the show, Dwight played everyone’s favourite work nemesis and beet farmer, with a unique sense of humour and always ready to wage a war against his colleague Jim Halpert. A rule-abiding paper salesman, Dwight would do anything to become Manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. After all, he was Assistant Regional Manager, (okay, okay… Assistant to Regional Manager). Rainn totally nailed his role as Dwight and even though the show ended seven years ago, it is hard to get Dwight’s memories out of our heads.
In this TV series, Rainn played the role of a detective named Everette Backstrom. The crime comedy/drama is actually based on a book series about Detective Everett Backstrom and his team who try to solve cases in the city of Portland. As a selfish and self-destructive detective, Rainn brought some humour even in the darkest of scenarios. While Rainn garnered immense praise for his role, the show sadly wasn’t renewed after the first season.
This 2010 film saw Rainn Wilson play the role of a cook named Frank Darbo, who becomes a superhero without any superhuman ability, calling himself the “Crimson Bolt”. Donning this new avatar, Frank sets out to rescue his wife Sarah from the hands of a drug dealer, while also beating petty criminals. Rainn was praised for his performance as a doofus-turned-superhero by the audiences and the critics alike.
Starring Rainn in the lead role, Permanent is a heart-warming movie about a family who is going through some bad times in their day-to-day lives. Rainn stars in the role of Jim, the father of Aurelie and husband to Jeanne. With a little girl who’s bullied and just wants to be popular, and parents who can’t seem to get along, this family navigates us through the lives of this trio who are putting in efforts to become one again.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Who doesn’t love Smurfs? And did you know that Rainn Wilson lent his voice to one of the characters? Yep, it was Rainn who became the voice of the evil wizard Gargamel. As the main antagonist, Gargamel’s main goal is to destroy the Smurfs. He’s gruesome and cruel and overall, selfish. Being the voice actor to such an evil wizard shows true talent coming from an actor who does comedy so well.