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Rainn Wilson says he doesn’t want to be remembered for his most iconic role

Rainn Wilson says he doesn’t want to be remembered for his most iconic role

His favourite role might surprise fans.

Rainn Wilson says he doesn’t want to be remembered for his legendary role as Dwight Schrute on The Office US.

While the role made him a household name and earned him two SAG Awards, the actor explained how there’s other projects he’d rather be associated with.

During an interview with Collider, he said: “Listen, obviously most people know me from The Office, and they always will, and that’ll be on my tombstone.

“My epitaph will be, ‘The guy who played Dwight.’ But I did dozens and dozens of roles before I played Dwight. I’ve played dozens of roles after Dwight.”

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Of course, who could forget when he played the silver-tongued store clerk in Juno? This is one doodle that can't be undid, Homeskillet.

But surprisingly, Wilson didn't list this as among his favourites either.

Instead, Wilson said the work he is most proud of is his role in the 2010 cult-classic film Super, where the actor played Frank Darbo, a fry cook who, after his wife leaves him, emulates a TV superhero and transforms himself into a costumed vigilante.

He said of the experience: “We shot that super quick in Shreveport, scenic Shreveport, Louisiana.

“But I think the combination of humor, darkness, tragedy, insane imagination, my brain gets touched by the finger of God. I think it's an extraordinary work, and I'm really proud to have been a part of it.”

This answer may have surprised fans as the film only earned USD $593,933 (AUD $942,160 or £530,509) at the box office to lukewarm reviews, receiving only 49 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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So don’t expect a sequel anytime soon.

However, Wilson will be appearing in the Weird: The Al Yankovic Story as real-life radio broadcaster Dr Demento, alongside Daniel Radcliffe, who will be starring in the titular role and Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna.

The film has already received rave reviews from critics, as Slate film reviewer Dana Stevens praised the flick for its cleverly executed meta themes.

She wrote: “Though it wears out its welcome in one dreary stretch midway through, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (which premieres on the free, ad-supported streaming service the Roku Channel on Friday) is an appropriately goofy tribute to its subject and co-creator: a movie parody about the life of a parodist.”

Office fans prepare to see Dwight in a new light.

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Topics: Celebrity, News, Film and TV, The Office