The 'bonkers' story of Cool Man Paul Faust's character on 'The Workplace'

Many individuals assume Jim Halpert is the best man on The Workplace, however these followers are clearly forgetting about Paul Faust, aka Cool Man Paul, one of many bosses of Scranton Enterprise Park’s 5 households.

Within the Season 4 episode, “Chair Mannequin,” Kevin explains that Paul Faust is the boss at Catastrophe Kits Restricted, and calls on Michael to rearrange a gathering with Faust, Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration, WB Jones of WB Jones Heating and Air, and Invoice Kress of Kress Device and Dye. In Kevin’s thoughts, assembling the 5 enterprise park households is the one option to remedy a serious challenge with parking, and you already know what? Kevin was not fallacious.

Anyway, on the most recent episode of Stitcher’s Workplace Women podcast Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey chatted all concerning the “Chair Mannequin” episode and spoke with actual life man, Paul Faust, who unexpectedly wound up enjoying himself on the present after a go to to set.

As Fischer defined, the best way Faust landed a cameo on the present was really “bonkers,” so seize some popcorn and prepare to learn the way he turned this Cool Man character.

From set to display screen: The story of two Paul Fausts

“That is a tremendous story, and all of it begins when an precise man named Paul Faust came visiting the set of The Workplace,” Fischer started.

Kinsey, who’s identified Faust for years and was once associated to him by marriage, reached out to get the total scoop from the Cool Man himself, and here is what he needed to say.

“So I used to be out in LA on enterprise and determined to go to the set as a result of my cousins are a part of The Workplace. And after I was on the market I met the writers, and I sort of advised them certainly one of my corporations and what I did, which was an organization that sells catastrophe kits,” Faust defined .”And Greg [Daniels] mentioned, ‘That is my cousin. He is a little bit nuts. Inform them what you do.’ I advised them concerning the firm. And after I walked out of the room, unbeknownst to me, B.J. Novak mentioned, ‘That man’s obtained to be a personality on the present.’”

For many who do not know, Novak wrote the “Chair Mannequin” episode, and was capable of craft an element primarily based on Faust. The one challenge was, they did not forged the half in time.

“The day earlier than they shot the scene they hadn’t discovered an actor to play the half,” the true Faust defined. “So I obtained a name asking me if I wished to audition to play the half. And lengthy story brief, I obtained the half, obtained to fly out and be a part of the superior present, and performed myself. In order that’s how I obtained to be on the on the present — it is actually a narrative that solely can occur in Hollywood.”


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Cool Man Paul actually was that cool

After listening to Faust’s audition story, each Fischer and Kinsey have been blown away.

“I imply, that is bonkers,” Fischer mentioned. “He is actually enjoying himself, however what’s bonkers to me about it was that they did maintain auditions. They held auditions for this position. And the night time earlier than, they simply had not discovered somebody who might play Paul Faust. In order that they’re like, ‘How about Paul Faust?’” 

Kinsey went on to marvel over the truth that actual Faust, just like the character, actually does sells catastrophe kits. “That is actual. That’s his firm,” Kinsey mentioned.

Confused what promoting catastrophe kits entails? Identical. However concern not, Faust defined a bit.

“I believe one of the distinctive issues about me being in The Workplace was that I really performed myself. After I went out to LA and I used to be listening and I went to the set, I talked about one of many companies I run, which is an organization known as in a brand new tab), the place we really promote catastrophe kits and preparedness kits,” Faust mentioned.

“So I talked about it, and that is what BJ had picked up on. And so he wrote an element known as about Cool Man Paul, the proprietor of Catastrophe Kits Restricted. And sure, I nonetheless personal that firm. We nonetheless promote catastrophe kits. So I believe I am one of many few individuals who performed himself on TV together with his actual identify in an actual enterprise that he runs, which was sort of cool,” he continued. (Faust advised Mashable in a DM that he is additionally the president and co-founder of a customized telephone quantity firm, RingBoost(opens in a brand new tab). This dude’s busy!)

Was that actually Paul’s bike?

Cool Man Paul would not be so cool with out that picture of him posing on a bike, however Actual Faust needs to clear issues up and let followers understand it wasn’t his bike.

I consider it was the bike of one of many digital camera guys. He occurs to trip bikes. So he introduced his bike round. I sat on it. We took a bunch of images and that simply turned the shot related to Cool Man Paul,” Faust defined.


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What was filming The Workplace like?

Faust wasn’t really an actor, which makes his efficiency much more spectacular, however being a fan of the present meant that being on set was a little worrying.

“I am so honored to be a small little a part of The Workplace.”

“I keep in mind the primary time we have been about to shoot, they are saying, ‘OK, quiet on the set. Cameras rolling.’ And I’ll always remember it however Brian says, ‘OK, no one eff up, Paul.’ And he appears at me, and, you already know, he was messing round, nevertheless it was so humorous. After which the whole time we shot the scene, I had my traces to say, however we shot it about 20 or 30 occasions. And each single time, Brian and Ed mentioned various things. And I occur to assume they’re tremendous humorous. And it was very exhausting to maintain a straight face. I by no means knew what was going to come back out of their mouths,” Faust defined. “They have been making faces at me, making an attempt to get me to snort, and I needed to sit there and be useless critical. I did not need to be the man to mess up the scene.”

“So working with individuals who have been actually comedian geniuses of their supply and their timing and having to take a seat there and being the brand new man on set and making an attempt to maintain a straight face and to not mess up was a problem,” he defined. “However such a life expertise and simply so humorous to do. And I am so honored to be a small little a part of The Workplace.”  

Make sure to take heed to the total podcast episode for extra behind-the-scenes tales about “Chair Mannequin” and Paul Faust’s expertise on set.

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This text initially revealed in March 2021 and was up to date in March 2022.

Originally posted 2022-03-30 12:07:35.