'The Office's' Wilson talks hosting Spirits


Rainn Wilson has spent a decade playing offbeat characters like Dwight Schrute on NBC's "The Office." But this year he's getting a taste of the indie film world via his role in "Juno" and his gig as host of the Spirit Awards. The Hollywood Reporter's Christy Grosz checked in with Wilson, 42, to find out what's in store for the ceremony.

The Hollywood Reporter: It must be fun to host an event that's more casual than, say, the Oscars.
Rainn Wilson: Well, I don't know -- I've never hosted anything before. Hopefully, there will be some funny things going on. Some shenanigans would be nice. Bits, gags -- I think that we found enough in the budget to have wild animals, and they're going to be released on the audience. Nominees are going to be carried to the ceremony in zeppelins -- all kinds of great stuff.

THR: Do you have any favorite films heading into the show? "Juno" probably ranks pretty high.
Wilson: "Juno" -- I have to say that. There are a lot of amazing films. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" blew me away. It's just gorgeous and amazingly life-affirming.

THR: You have a new feature coming out this year called "The Rocker" (Fox).
Wilson: It was supposed to come out in April, but now they're talking about moving it to the fall. But it's really good. It's a very sweet kind of coming-of-age rock 'n' roll comedy.

THR: Otherwise, are you just waiting for "The Office" to go back into production?
Wilson: Just waiting to see what's going to happen. I don't even know if I was offered a movie if I could do it because NBC might just say, "Hold on a second there, big guy. We might need you back to shoot the TV show in a couple weeks."

THR: That's got to be tough because you can't plan your schedule.
Wilson: I am NBC's little bitch.