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HA HA, HOLY SHIT: Addendum

So, in the deleted scenes (which the writers and producers go out of their way to note is 'canon' for The Office) for S3, specifically the "Product Recall" episode, Creed meets a reporter, and the following exchange takes place:

R: "Hey, I recognize you! You're Creed Bratton, guitar player for the Grass Roots in the late '60s!"

C: "Yeah, I am. How'd you recognize me?"

R: "I wrote your obituary."

C: "Oh, right! Hey, good work!"

Creed goes on to explain that in the 1980s, he faked his own death for tax purposes and for the last 20 years has been collecting insurance and Social Security benefits as his own widow.

Which, okay, that's all some good jokes and all, but it takes the wonderful insanity of Creed to an even higher level: he is not just Creed Bratton, ex-guitarist and songwriter for the Grass Roots, playing a quality assurance supervisor at a paper company named Creed Bratton who happens to be an ex-'60s hippie who enjoys singing Grass Roots songs, but he is actually supposed to be the actual Creed Bratton of the Grass Roots, who happens to now be the QA supervisor at a paper company.

Fucking amazing.

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rjwhite
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Jesus hell, I never realized who he was...

Wow. I... wow.
manningkrull
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Wow man, I always suspected it was just lazy that they didn't give his character his own name, and that the character was loosely based on the real guy. But that's amazing.
calamityjon
Sep. 6th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
In the Deleted Scenes of "Booze Cruise" - which is either first or early second season, I can't recall - they spill the beans about this. Creed takes over for Michael's incredibly awful guitar playing with the band, then reveals in an interview segment that he was indeed the guitar player for the Grass Roots back in the Sixties. They even go so far as to show a band publicity photo in a cut-away sequence.
ludickid
Sep. 6th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Holy cats, I never saw that bit. That's great.

As I mentioned elsewhere, people often think that the show is highly improvisational, but like the UK version, it's actually tightly scripted. The only improv on the show comes from Michael and, occasionally, Dwight. However, I was very pleased to learn that Creed writes a lot of his own lines.
editrix26
Sep. 6th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I read in some interview with Creed that his intention was to play himself as a parody -- with his entire history (hence the references in some episodes about how he wasn't gay but something might've slipped in during an orgy).
ludickid
Sep. 6th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
"In the Sixties, I made love to many, many women. Often outdoors, in the mud and the rain. And it’s possible a man slipped in. There would be no way of knowing."
solipsiae
Sep. 6th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Creed has been my favorite peripheral character throughout the series. I am pleased to be patting my back on this one.
ludickid
Sep. 6th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
From Creed's (now-defunt) MySpace page:

I was left on a porch as an infant in the mining town of Coarsegold and raised by a Chinese family whose grandparents came to the mountains to help harvest the gold mine fields. They were nice, but simple folk. They actually bound my feet as an infant to make me more desirable to prospective suitors. They didn’t realize you only do this to females. They were sorry, of course – “Oh boo hau”, they cried, but it was too late then. I lost a toe in the process.

I work in quality assurance. It’s not a difficult job. Mostly people inquire if our paper is of a high quality and I assure them that it is.


solipsiae
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
When it's Take Kids to Work day he offers to show kids what a foot with four toes looks like.

He's the best EVER.
thisblankpine
Sep. 6th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
can't get enough of that wonderful creed?
http://blog.nbc.com/CreedThoughts/

one of my favorites:

"Crab apples have a whole stinkload of benefits. Back when I was little, my grandpa used to stick a crab apple in my mouth every time I stuttered. And guess what? I don’t stutter anymore. Crap apples are tiny miracles."
roninspoon
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I read this interesting fact on, I don't know, the internets... wikipedia probably. Anyway, ever since reading that he was actually Creed, not Creed playing another Creed, I've often caught myself wondering how much of Creed's craziness is actually Creed.
curt_holman
Sep. 7th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
But did he have a radio show under the name "Whacky Weed Creed?"
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