'The Office': Idris Elba Broke Character Because of Kevin and the Show Kept It In

Fans have noticed a scene where Idris Elba broke character because of a funny Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) line. Charles Miner looks like he’s about to laugh in this scene of The Office, but it keeps going. 

Idris Elba played Charles Miner on ‘The Office’

Elba joined the cast in season 5 playing the new VP of Sales, Charles Miner. He is introduced in the episode, “New Boss.”  Of course, there were many awkward interactions.

Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) wears a tuxedo to work when meeting him in reaction to Dwight Schrute’s (Rainn Wilson) memo about professionalism. Charles isn’t amused. Charles isn’t happy with Michael Scott (Steve Carell) because he didn’t share new guidelines with his employees.

It’s obvious Charles is the opposite of Michael. He does things by the book and expects everyone around him to be professional. Jim strives to get on his good side after that, but Dwight is weirdly able to win over the boss instead. 

The last time fans see Charles is in the episode “Company Picnic.” Charles doesn’t hold back on making fun of Jim. He eventually gets fired during the merger.

Idris Elba broke character because of Kevin

The episode “Broke” shows CFO David Wallace (Andy Buckley) visiting the Scranton branch to talk about the Michael Scott Paper Company stealing their clients. Michael is successful with getting their clients by offering discounts, which aren’t sustainable. 

David doesn’t know that, so he decides to buy out the company. Michael negotiates an impressive buyout and gets his job back along with Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Ryan Howard’s (B.J. Novak) jobs. Miner then loses power over the branch.

In the scene where David enters the office, he decides to address the employees. Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) interrupts him to say hi, and Kevin Malone does the same thing.

It’s obvious Baumgartner’s delivery was too much for Elba because he started smiling. He then tries to recover smoothly by looking more serious and at Buckley as he speaks. The clip has been shared on YouTube and Reddit among fans. 

Idris Elba was nervous to do ‘The Office’

Elba gained fame from being on The Wire. Comedy was a big turn for him doing the show and that made him nervous.

The Office is a very different kettle of fish,” Elba told Oprah. “To be honest with you, my character isn’t a very funny character. He isn’t designed to be funny.” 

He continued, “Though I have to say I was very nervous to go into work with Steve and those guys—they’re very funny. They’ve been doing it a long time, and I felt like, ‘Oh man, I’m the new guy.’”

Elba said he had fun doing the role. It looks like he enjoyed himself given he couldn’t always hold back his laughter.

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