In “The Office,” temp worker Ryan Howard was notable for his distinct lack of enthusiasm for actually working at Dunder Mifflin, while simultaneously displaying an often rude, vindictive side towards his co-workers. Even when he was inexplicably promoted to corporate vice president, his ideas for expanding the company’s online operations ended with Ryan getting arrested for fraud (before returning to the Scranton office).
But watching BJ Novak direct, write and star in Vengeance was a very different experience for Boyd Holbrook. “I was totally jealous,” he admits.
It’s worth noting that Novak was also one of the main writers on The Office, as well as executive producer and occasional director, so while most viewers will just remember him as the pesky Ryan, Novak is a lot more of a part of The Office now. Vengeance”.
“It really shows what a creative person he is to do all of this and come out with such a unique and fresh film,” says Holbrook. “I don’t feel like I’ve seen anything like this before. It shows his full range as an actor and the broadening of his empathy to be able to write characters from Texas … plus there was a technicality day in and day out of being so pressured and pushing forward.”
Vengeance is in theaters now, while The Office is available to stream on Peacock.