Did he just admit to being the Scranton Strangler!?
As part of our new #TBTea series, Creed Bratton — who played the ~mysterious~ Creed Bratton for nine seasons on The Office — stopped by BuzzFeed and spilled some major throwback tea while answering all your burning Office questions…
…and honestly, what he said changes EVERYTHING about your favorite character from your favorite sitcom:
How were you cast to play Creed?
Creed Bratton: I was working on Bernie Mac and Ken Kwapis, the director, came on — he was a big fan of my band The Grass Roots — so, I heard that he was doing the show The Office. I shot my own talking head, presented it to Greg Daniels, and they gave me the Halloween episode with Steve Carell. The rest, as they say, is “in the books.”
Why was your real first and last name used for your character in The Office?
CB: Because it's such a great name.
What did you do on your computer while other cast members were filming?
CB: I trolled. I did a lot of trolling for people who didn't really want me there.
Do you have a favorite improvised moment from the show?
CB: The character Guy, he's in the frame, he says, “I can't believe he's making all that music with just his mouth!” I went into the room with the director and I said, “Why don't you just come on close to me, meet me out of focus,” I said. “And I'll go, 'That's what she said!'” People missed it the first two times. The third time viewing, then they saw it — it was pretty much wasted.
What’s your favorite Creed line of all time?
CB: In the '60s I made love to many, many women, often outdoors, in the mud and the rain. It's possible a man slipped in, there'd be no way of knowing…
Who was your favorite person to do scenes with?
CB: John Krasinski — when we'd do the scenes — he suggested we do it like a David Mamet play. If you notice that one scene — I think it's [in the episode] “Survivor Man” — but we're both in each other's faces, just going [machine gun noises], rapid-fire stuff! It turned out so much fun.
Why was Creed covered in Blood in the Halloween episode “Here Comes Treble”?
CB: I was at the trial when Toby was up there testifying, with blood all over me with the parents of the victims and stuff — bereaved — the press. No one even noticed me! No one saw me there, no one paid any attention. They got the wrong guy.
BuzzFeed: So was Creed the Scranton Strangler?
CB: [Long pause] …Next question, please.
Who was Creed’s worm guy?
CB: Burt, Burt Jacobs. A really good worm guy out of Pennsylvania.
Why was Creed arrested at the end of the series?
CB: Well, he was selling weapons-grade drugs to kids, besides IDs [and] military weapons. He had a slave trade trafficking-thing going on. There were so many things we were going to bring up, you know? His father was found out to be an alien…
There’s a conspiracy that Creed Bratton isn’t actually Creed Bratton. Did Creed kill the real Creed and take his identity?
CB: I asked Creed the other day, I said, “Did you really kill me?” He hemmed and hawed after a long time and I really haven't gotten a straight answer out of any of my personalities about this thing. It's a quandary, to be very honest.
Did you keep anything from the show after the series ended?
CB: Kept my trailer, kept all my wardrobe. I kept some cameras, sound equipment. When I came over recently to visit the old soundstage, they had an indictment against me basically, so I can't really go back there anymore.
What have you, ACTUAL Creed Bratton, been up to since The Office ended?
CB: I was over in Romania for a while, shooting this noir-western called The Sister Brothers. I'll be going on tour to promote my new album While The Young Punks Dance.
If there were to be a reboot of The Office, where do you think Creed would be today?
CB: He probably escaped, obviously, right away from the Scranton police. So, he's probably off under an assumed name doing the same thing he always did: fishing, living in Canada going back and forth, selling drugs, killing people — just having a really good life.