Steve Carell supported the 2007 WGA Strike and called in sick to the network citing a case of enlarged balls as the reason he couldn’t come in!
Steve Carell is a member of the WGA. In November 2007, a writers strike began that stopped production of The Office. Steve Carell supported the strike and refused to cross the picket line, even for non-writing work. He went so far as to call in sick at the network saying “enlarged balls” was the reason he couldn’t come in.
Other fun facts about the show:
Several of the characters on the show have the same name as in real life including Creed played by Creed Bratton, Angela played by Angela Kinsey, Phyllis played by Phyllis Smith, and Oscar played by Oscar Nunez.
Several of the show’s supporting cast members have written episodes for the show including BJ Novak (Ryan), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), and Mindy Kaling (Kelly). Michael Shur who plays Dwight Shrute’s cousin, Mose Shrute, is a seasoned writer himself.
The show began in 2005 and this year is their 9th and final season.