'Office Space' reunion: Cast and director talk Jennifer Aniston and, um yeahhh, making a cult smash -- VIDEO

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“Revenge, I’ve found, is better the longer it takes.”

So says Mike Judge, the writer-director (and co-star) of Office Space, who has been drawing out his satisfaction for nearly a decade after the movie fizzled at the box office in 1999 only to become a cult-favorite hit among all those who’ve ever felt their spirits choked in a white-collar workplace.

On a recent Sunday — yes, EW asked them to come in and work on the weekend – Judge was reunited with actors Ron Livingston (the disheartened Peter Gibbons), David Herman (the angry, unfortunately named techie Michael Bolton), Stephen Root (the mumbling Milton Waddams), and Gary Cole (ummm, yeahhh — the prince of darkness himself, oppressive boss Bill Lumbergh), who all swapped stories about trying to make a funny film about miserable people.

One common note from executives at 20th Century Fox was that the characters needed to look happier — it was a comedy, after all. “Executives did not like it. That’s not a good feeling,” Judge says, breaking into an impression of one watching the movie: “‘Can you change that? Ugh!'” Judge groans, cringing in his chair as he cries out. “‘I just want it to be fun!'”

Office Space became a kind of aspirin film – the type of thing not everyone rushes out to buy at once, but everybody reaches for in the moment they need it. To a generation lost in the labyrinth of cubicle farms that often feel more like veal pens, Office Space was a welcome release of workplace frustration. “It’s an oasis for people in those spaces. It holds the mirror up to it,” says Herman. “That’s what you feel when people come talk to you about this movie. It’s like, ‘You don’t understand!’ It’s a relief and brings meaning to a very meaningless situation.”

See the exclusive video of the cast reunion and hear the cast and filmmaker talk about the joys of working in a non-smiling workplace, as well as how casting Jennifer Aniston in a supporting role as a frazzled, T.G.I. Friday’s-esque waitress gave them cover with the studio brass.

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  • @EW

    Sorry to tell you this, but the video on this page is for the “Romy & Michelle” reunion, not the “Office Space” one.

    Just saying. It makes it look like you confused Jen Aniston with Lisa Kudrow.

    • @EW

      Wait. You fixed it. Never mind.

      • jack

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  • Justin Poppiti

    I really like this movie. I watched it a lot when I was in high school. Peter Gibbons is a superstar.

    • remmez

      My alltime favorite comedy.. i quit so many jobs after seeing this.. it is in a way the reason i became my own boss. Hail hail Office Space.. King of all the comedys

  • Jimmers

    “Can’t you just go by Mike?”
    “Why should I change my name, he’s the one that sucks.”

    • Laurie

      I celebrate his whole catalog of work.

  • Buffy Freak

    Love this movie…and Ron Livingston still looks scrumptious!

  • Tracey

    Office Space is the movie that taught me the awesome epithet “ass-clown.”

    • DE

      Me too! I often use that phrase “No talent ass-clown”

      • Bellywitch

        Michael Bolton will forever be known as “ass-clown” to me. I went through a company reorganization right after the movie came out. Officespace ended up being our way to laugh through it all. =D

  • Lizzie

    Micheal Bolton was a perfectly fine name till that no talent Ass Clown came along!

    I would put this movie on at lunch in a conference room and leave the door open to see how many people would be drawn in. Every week more and more people would show up till finally we all had to meet outside the parking lot. Someone came up with the idea of wine tasting. SO what started out as watching the movie each week turned into getting drunk in the parking lot. Good times! Good times!

  • MiaS

    As one of the 14 people that saw it in a theater on Opening Night, I couldn’t believe more people weren’t there.
    I am sure the other 13 people talked it up as much as I did-even though I was embarrassed that my work had Hawaiian shirt day & a Wall of Fame.
    When it came out on DVD, it became required viewing at my work(still is).
    TPS report-in some kinda of form is STILL said at my work several times a month.

    Mike Judge-thanks for making an American classic.

    • DE

      We have birthday parties where we are required to sing…… I love this movie!

  • jay

    oh my! ron livingston looks even even hotter now!

  • Grumpster

    That’s my stapler.

    • Carla

      I could burn this whole building down.

      • Andy

        I could put strychnine in the guacamole.

  • Craig

    I teach high school (more similarities than you would think) and this is one of my favorite movies. One time as a joke I found a blank TPS Report online (thank you Google) and printed it off and put a blank one in every teachers office mail box. Only 2 or 3 teachers actually got the gag, but I thought it was HILARIOUS. I only have one question….”Do you like Kung Fu movies?”

  • llevinso

    Heeey Peter, what’s happening.

  • Catherine

    Stephen Root is one of the best actors around these days. Between “Office Space,” his voice work on “King of the Hill,” his stint on “True Blood,” his role in “O Brother Where Art Thou…” he’s a gem.

    • ao

      Don’t forget News Radio too!

    • RaRa

      I never realized Stephen Root played the blind station manager in O Brother!

    • jennrae

      And the pantless judge on Justified.

  • Lindsey

    PC Load Letter! What the F&!K does that mean?

    Love this movie!

  • Jennifer Wood

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time.
    Love the “Damn it feels good to be a gangster” montage, case of the Mondays, O face…genius.

    • js

      i pictured the scenes with the fax machine many a time at work when frustrated with our fax machine. sorry, gotta go, got a meeting with the “bobs”

  • Danny

    This movie changed my life. I was in a work situation where I was getting well paid but every day they would do something to humiliate me and slowly take away job responsibilities. Suddenly I felt like I was protesting that I was promised my red stapler. I quit, got rehired with all problems fixed. Never would’ve done it without Office Space. I even have a red stapler T-shirt from the movie that I wear at least once a week.

    • Fashion Police

      You really wear the same t-shirt out at least once week? Honey you cannot wear the same shirt in a 3 week timeframe.

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