Creed Bratton wasn’t even a featured actor on The Office before he became one of the show’s most popular characters.
If you were to ask any US Office fan to list their five favorite scenes or jokes, at least two of them would feature the fickle Creed Bratton.
Lurking in the background is Dunder Mifflin’s Quality Assurance Manager (but don’t ask him to tell you his job title) has lived many lives, if his stories are to be believed.
He could have been homeless, he could have been a rock star in his youth, and he could have killed a man named Creed Bratton. He is a mystery.
What we know for sure is that he does not know the names of his colleagues, he certainly does not know that Thoughts of Faith is just a word document and not a personal blog on the Internet, and that in the Bacchic 1960s he may have , made love to a man.
Is it any wonder that Creed has become such a standout character, even in an ensemble of lovable eccentrics.
Bratton, the man who plays him and goes by the name of his on-screen counterpart, has the same wild past, or at least a version of it. He definitely never killed anyone.
But Bratton is not his real name, it is William Charles Schneider (he was Chuck), but he decided early on that “Creed Bratton” was much more rock and roll.
The actor and musician will visit Australia later this year with his live show, which will feature performances from his many albums and stories from his life, particularly his time in the iconic American comedy.
The show, which has been postponed several times due to the Black Summer wildfires and then the pandemic, will be the quintessence of the many lives he has lived in his 79 years, including early fame as part of the rock band The Grass Roots.
“I was a reluctant rock star,” Bratton told news.com.au. “The Grass Roots were trying to be one of the first bands to destroy a hotel room, but my heart wasn’t in that. I dropped the TV but looked the other way. I was expected to be like this, but I wasn’t.”
Bratton didn’t live a healthy life either. He has been open about his past with drugs and alcohol, and many of his own experiences have turned him into the backstory of the mysterious Creed.
“I showed all my warts, weaknesses and weaknesses, and in a humorous way, of course, because you can’t always show your positive sides – sometimes it’s not funny.
“So I put a lot of myself into it, and the idea was if I continued this dark path with drugs and all that. But it’s not funny to say, “No, I don’t do it anymore, I just work hard.”
Fans may not remember it now, but Bratton was never meant to be an integral part of Office. He was hired as a background artist (additional) to tinker with the scenes, capturing the concert because he was an understudy on The Bernie Mac Show with director Ken Kwapis and Kwapis was directing the pilot. Office.
“I stayed there for two years before I realized I was on a TV show,” Bratton recalled. “I thought I was getting paid well, I didn’t want to rock the boat. So I just kept silent, sat on the back of the chair.
Bratton knew he wanted more, so he recorded the audition himself for Office producers to expand on his character by writing dialogue for on-screen Creed based on his ability to tell stories about his own experiences.
And what was the risk? In the first two seasons Office was always on the brink of cancellation.
“I didn’t tell anyone what I was going to do, I wrote this character and filmed it with my friend. In any other situation, they might not work, but on Office It was.
“People shouldn’t wait for an opportunity. They have to take off their own things.”
The producers liked what they saw, and Bratton became a fitting character in the second episode of the Halloween season, in which he used his devious ways to manipulate the often unlucky Michael Scott (Steve Carell) into firing him.
Working on this scene is still his favorite memory to this day.
“The day after it went on the air, I was sitting at the craft service table and entered [John] Krasinski and Rainn Wilson saw me and came up to me. And they’re tall guys – I’m six feet tall, but they’re taller than me.
“And they almost picked me up and gave me a big hug and said, ‘You kicked him out of the park, mate.’ I almost cried, it was amazing.”
One would expect there to be competition or competition among a large cast of comedians as to who can be the funniest, but Bratton said the cast of The Office has never been like that.
“You don’t compete when you have people who want a common cause to add their little part to the tapestry, you know? Insecure people may want to compete, but the people around me just work together without trying to step on each other’s toes, which is rare.
“I see in films that people do things to try and outshine others. We were there to serve. As a musician serves the song, so we should have served the show.”
However, he wants to fix something – despite the assumptions OfficeThe free-flowing energy was often improvised, with 90-95 percent scripted lines.
“We took these lines from great writers,” he explained. “We had a great staff of writers, and to our credit, it turned out like we were just improvising. Many thought that I was stoned and just saying what comes to my mind!”.
This on-screen blur between the real Bratton and Creed has happened more than once – which isn’t surprising when they have the same name and the same strange life story. People often confuse him with a character on screen.
“I was walking through the store and walking down the aisle of groceries, this woman recognized me and smiled her cracked smile. And then she pulled her baby away from me as I passed by.
“I was sad and proud at the same time. The character worked.
Creed Bratton will tour Australia in September. Tickets are on sale now