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Idris Elba moves in on Scranton and "The Office"

Idris-Elba.jpg I finally got my Season 2 DVD of "The Wire" from my movie-by-mail service, after waiting a couple months for it to become available.

And this is relevant to "The Office," how, Andy?

Well, third-person voice, because the great Idris Elba stars in "The Wire" as a drug lord, and it was nice to see him back on my screen wheeling and dealing on the Baltimore streets.

And, later this week, he'll be wheeling and dealing on the Scranton streets.
Elba's premiere as a Dunder Mifflin executive is this week, which NPR's "Fresh Air" commemorated with an interview.

Right off the start of the interview, Office fans will learn several things about the new vice president:

  • He's British, although his accent is only evident in offscreen interviews. You'd never know it on "The Wire."

  • Elba's character, Charles Miner, will be the no-nonsense to Michael Scott's nonsense. Elba tells NPR that Miner is "very rigid. He's a corporate version of Stringer Bell," Elba's "The Wire" character.

  • There's a sneak preview clip of Miner's introduction to the Scranton office. Miner compliments Michael for having C-shaped bagels (I'm guessing C for Charles... or C for Corporate... or C is for Cookie) for the occasion, then tells the staff to expect financial cutbacks. Sounds like he'll be Michael's worst nightmare since Toby returned.

Elba, 36, was last on the HBO crime drama in 2004. He's also appeared movies such as American Gangster, and, one of my favorites, 28 Weeks Later, when he ordered soldiers to shoot civilians AND zombies. Good times, good times.

The new Office episode is cleverly dubbed "New Boss," which avoids confusion for anyone still expecting Michael has tickets to go see the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.

Come back after Thursday for a recap. If early reports are correct, Miner's appearance could mean the beginning of the end for Michael.

Posted by Andy Shaw on March 17, 2009 2:31 AM
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Well done! I learned some interesting things for me)

-- Posted by: Mitchell at September 7, 2011 5:27 AM

Yeah, it happens sometimes ... Nothing special.

-- Posted by: Alexandria at January 30, 2013 9:11 PM

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