... David Denman, Actor
Our Summer of Office interviews continues with one that is special for today, the day that NBC runs a repeat of the episode called "The Negotiation"!
David Denman came into our lives on the big screen with "The Replacements" and left his mark most recently as Roy in our beloved "The Office".
David was kind enough to recently lend his Two Cents & Five Answers to us and so now we present you with David Denman!
TwoCents: "The Office" tends to really focus on so many different characters and the fans love every single one of them. What's it like to be one of such a great ensemble and be recognized as Roy and is it always a positive reaction or not due to your character's involvement in the love triangle with Jim and Pam?
David Denman: I really loved being part of the show, as you could imagine. We have a terrific cast and some of the best writing ever on Television. I’ve been very lucky and have really only had positive reactions from fans. Most people that approach me realize I’m an actor playing a character and are just fans of the work. I don’t understand how anyone could want Roy and Pam together… the show isn’t set up like that. I’m a fan of the Jim and Pam relationship, so I don’t really take it personally when people are JAM fans.
TC: The show focused on the physical transformation of Roy between seasons 2 and 3. You physically transformed yourself and ran the Nautica Malibu Triathlon to raise money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation last Sept. Did one lead to the other or was it a happy coincidence?
DD: I won’t say a happy coincidence, but I wouldn’t say they asked me to transform either. Greg Daniels said that he wanted to make Roy more of a love interest for season 3. I thought it was a great idea, but I also knew it was going to be one hell of a challenge. It was pretty important to me that Roy realized what a tool he had been and try to make it right. That realization combined with a physical transformation I thought was the only way to achieve what Greg had envisioned. So I decided to start working out again. A friend of mine on the show was going to run the Malibu Triathlon and asked me if I wanted to join him, so I did. I lost about 40 pounds over then next 10 months. It was fun to try and do that.
TC: Aside from the phenomenon that is The Office, you were a part of two movies focusing on great all-American pop culture events. Football with "The Replacements" and Star Wars with the upcoming "Fanboys". Can you tell us a little about your experiences making these films?
DD: Well they were both very different experiences. “The Replacements” was my first movie ever and I was pretty much in shock most of the time. I was a huge fan of Gene Hackman and I couldn’t believe I was actually doing a movie with him. I had always dreamed of playing football and here I was living out most kids' childhood fantasy with Keanu and the gang running around Raven Stadium pretending to play a game I love. When we ran on the field during the halftime of a Ravens vs. Panthers game… it was truly one of the most amazing experience of my life. “Fanboys” was fun, but I was nowhere near the fan of Star Wars as I was with football. I think it’s really a funny movie that people will love, but by the time I shot Fanboys it was more of a job then anything else. Don’t get me wrong it was a fun job that I loved doing, but it was very different.
TC: What websites to you visit for your own entertainment? What sites do you think "Roy" would visit?
DD: I’m on my yahoo home page a bit, myspace, IMDB, youtube, I usually just surf randomly. I would bet Roy hangs out on cbssportsline.com and probably on most free porn sites he could find.
TC: What projects do you have coming up, where can we see you next?
DD: I have 3 movies coming out over the next year. "Smart People" will be out this fall with Dennis Quaid and Sara Jessica Parker. Then "Fanboys" in Feb. and a horror movie called "Shutter" that should come out next March. In the mean time I’ll be looking for work.
*Two Cents Bonus Question*
TC: If someone were to climb off a desert island and only have time to watch five movies to learn what American cinema is all about, what five movies would you show them?
DD: This is a tough question… since it is under learning what “American Cinema” is about I will go with that. In no particular order; Unforgiven; The 40 Year Old Virgin; The Godfather; The Matrix; On the Water Front.
So, hopefully you will now watch Roy's farewell from "The Office" tonight on "The Negotiation" with a little more knowledge of the man behind Roy.