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B.J. Novak: I Played Scattergories with Michael Jackson!

B.J. Novak: I Played Scattergories with Michael Jackson!

The Office‘s B.J. Novak opens up to Playboy about some surprising experiences in the May 2010 issue, on newsstands Friday (April 16).

Here’s what the 30-year-old actor had to share:

On his Inglourious Basterds co-stars Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino: “Brad was charismatic and kind and cool, and Quentin was superintense and wanted to stay up all night talking about, like, the different guns used in a biopic of Dillinger from the 1940s. The guy is astonishing. I mean, I don’t know anything about movies beyond, basically, ‘Remember when DiCaprio said, “I’m the king of the world?”‘ But that’s what you expect from Quentin Tarantino. And what I’ve learned about meeting famous people is that they’re almost always exactly who you expect them to be.”

On high school classmate and Office co-star John Krasinski as a teenager: “He was the guy with the follow-up plan. He was popular and smart, and if he liked a girl he would just ask her out. I was at home, meanwhile, writing to my local TV affiliates, telling them they should air more sitcoms.”

On visiting Deepak Chopra’s house as a kid: “This figure sweeps into the room in a red military outfit and black hat and sunglasses and sits down at the kids’ table. I thought, How weird. Deepak hired a Michael Jackson impersonator. Then I realized, It is f**king Michael Jackson. I remember three things about it: He didn’t touch his food at dinner, we played board games, and nobody believed me at school the next day when I said I played Scattergories with Michael Jackson.”

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  • anon

    wow what a life he’s had and is having!

  • angie

    i can’t even imagine michael jackson playing scattegories. it’s too weird.

  • janelle

    He seems l ike a good storyteller. I like this guy.

  • So so underrated

    He’s my favorite actor and writer, so freaking gorgeous.

  • pixy

    AHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! MJ, kids table, Scattergories!!! BRILLIANT!!!! Sounds about right. Man…I miss this guy…..

  • kay

    he’s way hotter than john krasinski

  • FreakyBoy

    wow..doesnt touch his dinner…vampireeeeeee..I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!

  • Dee

    I find B.J. Novak really, really attractive. Especially in the Office him and Kelly aka Mindy Kaling are great together on the show.
    Go Ryan and Kelly!

  • http://justjared kingofpopforever

    Lovely story the guy is hot and I hope he has a great career .

  • Tay

    I love his stories.
    Must have been so cool meet MJ!
    MJ was awesome.

  • All Women Stalker

    What a fun guy! And I like how he described John Krasinski :)

  • Jeannified

    Wasn’t that James Cameron who said, “I’m knig of the world?” (Or did Leo also say that in the movie?)

    I like BJ Novak as a writer. He’s great!

  • Robin

    Why the heck was he at Chopra’s house? How does that happen (never mind the whole Michael Jackson angle).

  • diane

    cool i’d love to play any game with MJ

  • jenna

    His dad is a ghostwriter for famous people’s autobiographies. So I would guess something to do with that.

  • Stilladsudlejning

    Well written site, well researched and useful for me in the future.I am so happy you took the time and effort to make this. See you around

  • Bronchitis

    Unfortunately we can never see Michael Jackson on screen again.