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WC: He wants to be the boss to Ryan that Ed Truck [played by Ken Howard in "The Carpet"] was not to him. BJN: Yeah, I think that's great -- "He is the mentor to Ryan that Ed Truck was not to him" is a good way to look at it. But yes, it's played out, to Ryan, in less cheerful terms. WC: But in so many different ways. I really am amazed at how many different ways you all find to make Michael creepy. BJN: I think it's adorable, only because I know it's harmless. But I think it's very sweet, truly, and I hope that Ryan eventually sees the sweetness in it, too. I don't think it'll make him excited about it, or make him encourage it, but I would love him to see that and still find it awkward. WC: Well, it hasn't been enough to make him want to leave the office -- at least, not for that reason -- so I guess he is taking it, maybe, in the spirit that it was intended. Have you seen the Michael/Ryan Brokeback Mountain parody? BJN: Yes, a lot of people have sent that to me. WC: I'm sure. BJN: It's hugely flattering. WC: But it's overstating things between the characters, you would say. BJN: It's overstating things in that it's parodying it, which is great. If it were really reading as a straight-out homosexual love story, there would be no need for Brokeback Office. I think we're probably just at the right level if it is a joke to make it a gay love story. But I was flattered and charmed by that video. WC: It was very well-edited. BJN: Nicely done, right? I think they got every moment that I've ever been in in a two-minute video; that was a little depressing [laughs]. That is all I've done; I can't think of a single scene they didn't use. WC: I don't think I saw the Sausage Egg McMuffin. BJN: True! I even wondered that. I was like, "Aw, they had a great close-up of me staring! Why didn't they use it?" I'm editing it in my head. WC: You could do a gloss on the gloss. BJN: That's a good use of my time. WC: So I read that you and John Krasinski went to high school together. BJN: True. And middle school. And Little League, and everything. WC: Had you kept in touch, or was it just a coincidence that you ended up on the show together?