Brian Baumgartner From ‘The Office’ Explains The Famous, Hilarious Chili-Spilling Scene

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Actor Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin on “The Office,” recently revealed the secrets behind the infamous chili scene.

Baumgartner admitted it only took one take to film the iconic “Office” scene during an interview published Sunday by the Associated Press.

“One take, one take,” Baumgartner revealed. “That’s it. That’s all I need. One take.”

“It was a gigantic piece of carpet that was actually laid on top of the carpet that existed, but I mean gigantic- like from the front door all the way through like Jim and Dwight’s desks and the front of the reception area and stuff,” he added.

The actor claimed the props department had three pieces of carpet, but no more than that. He luckily got the scene filmed in the first take and felt like that was the only way it could have worked. (RELATED: Ricky Gervais Says ‘Outrage Mobs’ Would Have Prevented ‘The Office’ From Being Produced Today)

“But I think that had I not gotten it on the first take, we would have had a problem because they could have replaced the carpet, but I don’t know that they could have replaced me and returned me to a normal place…” Baumgartner told the outlet.

“My hands were stained for like two days,” he said.


This scene is arguably one of the most iconic scenes from “The Office.”

I’m not even a die-hard “Office” fan and I think I’ve watched this scene multiple times. It’s one of those scenes where if you’re ever in a terrible mood, you can just search it on YouTube and watch to give yourself a little pick-me-up.

The fact that he filmed it in one take makes it that much more wonderful.