The Office Jinx Strikes Again

Wilson repeats big-screen failures to which his sitcom-mates have become accustomed
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
Jenna Fischer lit up neither the big screen nor the box office in co-starring with John C. Reilly in "Walk Hard."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Do The Rocker's poor reviews and sagging ticket sales prove there's an Office curse? Office stars can't replicate that show's success on the big screen, Dan Kois writes in New York, and the evidence backs him up: After The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell starred in a series of mostly forgettable flops, and his co-stars haven't fared any better.

Rainn Wilson is just the latest casualty—think John Krasinski in Leatherheads and Jenna Fischer in Walk Hard. It could be bad luck, the actors' bad taste, or Hollywood's failure to highlight their talents, Kois writes. "Or it could be an actual curse laid on the cast by Ricky Gervais—a curse that apparently also backfired."