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The Office Cameo You Never Got To See In Ghostbusters

Director Paul Feig didn't just take the Ghostbusters in a new direction — he also spent a lot of time hanging around the desks of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch, having directed several episodes for the "The Office." Responsible for some of the show's best episodes, including "Office Olympics," "Dinner Party," and the heartbreakingly fond farewell that was "Goodbye, Michael," it's safe to say that he'd made a home for himself among the likes of Jim, Pam, and Dwight in the shows nine-season run.

Having worked with such a great cast, it's understandable that you'd want to shoehorn in some of its stars into other projects that appeared further down the line, and Feig did just that with a member of the show's accounting team. Brian Baumgartner won audiences over around the world as the Cookie Monster-sounding, chili-loving legend Kevin Malone. Perhaps thanks to that iconic voice, Baumgartner was lucky enough to wind up in the world of paranormal investigations helmed by Feig. Unfortunately, he didn't make it into the final cut of the film. 

Baumgartner stood in for a Ghostbusters icon

While appearing on the Empire Podcast, Feig revealed that he called in a favor from Baumgartner after struggling to get his initial cameo choice involved in the project. Along with Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, and Dan Akyroyd, Feig had invited Rick Moranis, who starred in the original "Ghostbusters" films, to appear in "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call," but he ironically never accepted. "We had one for Rick Moranis but he just didn't — he wasn't interested in doing it which we ended up cutting out and I feel bad because Brian Baumgartner — if you know American 'Office' he played Kevin on the American 'Office.' He did it," Feig recalled.

The scene saw the then-new Ghostbusters comprised of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon face off against their possessed receptionist Kevin, played by Chris Hemsworth, in a hotel. Baumgartner makes a brief appearance as a hotel guest who "just came down to get some ice" before running away from certain doom. For fans of "The Office," it certainly would've made for a shocking surprise. A shame, but sometimes you really have no choice but just to give up the ghost in the end.