This is the 20th anniversary of "Office Space", Mike Judge's worship of the frustrations of cubic farm workers. With Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston and what has become a key player, the film was not a box office success, but became cult in the next 20 years for two reasons: DVDs and the rise of the Internet. Here are 20 things you may not know about the biggest comedy about the workplace of the past, well, 20 years.
1. "Office Space" originated in an office job that the designer and Austinite Mike Judge (professional engineer, talented blues bassist by hobby) had created in the 1980s, where a company employee was constantly complaining about his office. to be moved and how he would leave if he was moved once again.
2. This anonymous character became the character of "Milton" in a series of short animated cartoons by Judge, broadcast in the early 1990s on "Saturday Night Live" and MTV. Milton has been described in a memorable way by Stephen Root in "Office Space".
3. After selling a treatment to Fox in 1996, about the same time that the film "Beavis and Butthead" was released, Judge began working seriously on the screenplay in 1997, just when "King of the Hill Was debuting on Fox. .
4. "Office Automation" had a budget of $ 10 million – not much, even considering the film standards of the 1990s, but enough for Fox to be very actively interested in how the first director was going to draw all that. .
5. Two actors of "King of the Hill" – Root and David Herman – would play a crucial role in "Office Space": Root, Milton and Herman, obsessed with the red stapler, and Michael Bolton, who hates his name and his work in equal measure. The judge wrote the role for Herman.
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6. The studio wanted as many stars as possible. For first place, a frustrated office worker named Peter Gibbons, they wanted Matt Damon or Ben Affleck, then two of the hottest talents. They watched Noah Wylie. They watched from other famous people. The budget could not pay any. They ended up with Ron Livingston, who was absolutely brilliant.
7. According to Brian Raftery's next book, "Best. Movie. Year. About the 1999 films, Fox wanted Johnny Depp or Billy Bob Thornton to play Lawrence, Peter's right-hand neighbor, redneck. They have Diedrich Bader.
8. Bader was preparing to base Lawrence on the film "Bottle Rocket" by Wes Anderson, Dignan, like Dignan. As Bader pointed out in several interviews, he had to adjust his hearing on the fly when it turned out that Wilson was also part of the film. . Bader was also brilliant.
9. Ajay Naidu, who played the role of engineer Samir Nagheenanajar, was a breakdancer strictly speaking, which is why his breakdance scene was so harsh.
10. One actor who appeared to be everywhere shortly before and long after "Office Space" was the character / vocal actor Gary Cole, who played Peter's boss, Lumbergh, so that he became an icon. Cole was perhaps best known in the 1990s as Mike Brady in "Brady Bunch" movies, as vice president Bob Russell in "The West Wing" and 2013 to now as Kenny Davidson in "Veep". From 2019, his film Internet The page of the database contains 172 credits.
11. "Office Space" was found with a bona fide star among his former students: "Friends" actress, Jennifer Aniston, in the role of minimalist waitress Joanna.
12. Most of the film was shot in Austin.
13. Austin had 4120 Freidrich Lane, a building located in an office park that served as the exterior of Initech, the firm for which the engineers work. Inside the Alligator Grill (which is now a Baker Street pub) located at 3003 South Lamar Blvd. replaced Chotchkie, while his outside is now a Chase bank.
14. Peter's apartment is at 11511 Metric Blvd., also known as Trails of Walnut Creek, which looks like a movie title.
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15. And then there is the scene of the printer. As stated in the book of Raftery, the hated printer who is beaten to death by the three heads while the fantastic "Still" of Geto Boys is based on a printer Judge had to cope with by writing "Beavis Butthead Do America. "Yes, the" PC LOAD LETTER "thing is actually produced.
16. Most of the printer destructions have been improvised.
17. "Still" can be found on the 1996 Geto Boys "The Resurrection" album, which is a rock classic. (Willie D apparently liked the printer's scene.)
18. Speaking of improvising, Greg Pitts played Drew, the annoying and talkative guy. He improvised an impregnable phrase on a certain expression of the face and subsequent gestures.
19. The film was an atomic bomb at the box office, yielding only $ 10.8 million, barely making up its production budget.
20. The judge turned out to be a very visionary man, even when his work does not seem to be knocking on the door. (The current political climate has completely exhausted the use of available "Idiocracy" credentials.) "Office Space" has become legendary in another format: in 2003, Fox had sold more than 2.5 million DVDs "Office Space ", an impressive number. The film came as many university graduates were taking jobs in the burgeoning technology sector. As Raferty notes, people in their mid-twenties were in cubes farms with annoying bosses and daunting printers, except that the internet allowed them to think about work 24 hours a day. We're never in "l & rsquo; "Office space".