Ed Helms’ Childhood Bullies Inspired His Catchphrase On ‘The Office’


THE ROOT-A-DO-TA-DO, THAT ANDY
SAID IN OFFICE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ASKED ME WHERE
THAT CAME FROM. IT STARTED AS A THING THAT THESE
BULLIES AT MY SCHOOL WOULD, LIKE, AFTER THEY GAVE YOU A
WEDGY OR PUSHED YOU DOWN OR, YOU KNOW, HUMILIATED YOU, THEY’D GO
ROOT-A-DO-DID A-DO. AT AN EXPRESSION OF DOMINANCE. LIKE I OWNED YOU.>>Stephen: THEIR EXPRESSION
OF DOMINANCE WAS ROOT-A-DO-DO-DO.>>THAT’S WHAT MADE IT MORE
TERRIFYING. IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE
IRRATIONAL EXPRESSIONS. SO I TOOK THAT AND MADE
SOMETHING POSITIVE. IT BECAME A– IT BECAME AN ANDY
BERNARD’S EXPRESSION OF JOY.>>Stephen: SURE. WELL, NOW YOU’VE GOT THE NEW
MOVIE “TAG.” OKAY, THIS IS BASED ON A TRUE
STORY, I UNDERSTAND.>>IT IS. YEAH. IT’S VERY COOL, ACTUALLY. THESE– THESE GUYS IN SPOKANE,
WASHINGTON, THEY REALLY DO THIS. THEY– SPOKANE! ( APPLAUSE )
SOMEBODY. ALL RIGHT. THEY– THIS GROUP OF 10 GUYS,
THEY’VE BEEN PLAYING THE SAME GAME OF TAG FOR, LIKE, 40 YEARS.>>Stephen: AND STILL DOING
IT?>>THEY STILL DO IT. IT STARTED WHEN THEY WERE IN
GRADE SCHOOL, AND NOW AS ADULTS, ONE MONTH OUT OF THE YEAR,
THEY– IT’S OPEN SEASON. AND THEY JUST GO BERSERK. AND THEY TRAVEL AROUND THE
COUNTRY. THEY HUNT EACH OTHER DOWN, LIKE,
YOU KNOW, LIKE HUNTING AN ANIMAL FOR SPORT.>>Stephen: AND UNTIL THEY’RE
BACK TOGETHER AGAIN, ONE GUY IS IT?>>YEAH, ONE GUY IS “IT” FOR THE
WHOLE YEAR. AND THAT MONTH, TAG IS ON. AND IT’S INSANE, RIGHT.>>Stephen: DO THEY GET HURT
OR DO THEY– BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS LIKE– ADULT MEN CHASING EACH
OTHER AROUND TRYING TO TAG EACH OTHER SOUNDS LIKE AT LEAST
TEARING AN A.C.L. HAS GOT TO HAPPEN AT SOME POINT.>>YEAH, YEAH, I THINK– YEAH, I
MEAN, CERTAINLY REENACTING IT, WE HURT OURSELVES. I HAVE TO SAY THE FACT THAT IT’S
REAL IS THE ONLY REASON I THINK YOU CAN MAKE THAT MOVIE BECAUSE
THE PREMISE IS SO ABSURD. I MEAN, IF YOU– IF YOU– IF YOU
SHOWED ME A SCRIPT ABOUT ADULTS WHO PLAY TAG, I’D BE LIKE, “GET
OUT OF MY OFFICE. YOU’RE A CRAZY PERSON.” AND THE FACT THAT IT’S REAL,
IT’S LIKE THAT’S A COOL ADVENTURE. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT.>>Stephen: WHAT IF THE GUY
WHO IS “IT” DIES? ( LAUGHTER ).>>BOY. LET’S–
( LAUGHTER ) LET’S– LET’S GO DOWN THIS–
LET’S GO DOWN THIS ROAD.>>Stephen: LET’S DO IT.>>THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT.>>Stephen: I’M SERIOUS, LET’S
SAY THE GUY’S NAME IS BOB. BOB IS “IT” DURING THE 11 MONTHS
WHEN THEY’RE NOT TAGGING EACH OTHER. IT’S, “TAG, YOU’RE IT, BOB.” AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME,
HE HAS A BUNGEE JUMPING ACCIDENT.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: AND BOB IS GONE. WHAT HAPPENS NOW? IS THE GAME OVER?>>NO, I THINK SOMEBODY PROBABLY
AT THE WAKE OR SOMETHING JUST, LIKE, TOUCHES HIM AND THEN–
( LAUGHTER ) I’M NOT– IT WOULD PROBABLY BE
INAPPROPRIATE –>>Stephen: IT’S NOT IN HIS
CONSCIOUSNESS. IT’S IN HIS CORPUS. IT’S IN THE BODY ITSELF. I DIDN’T REALIZE WHAT THE RULES
WERE.>>BY THE WAY, I’M GUESSING. I DON’T KNOW. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>Stephen: I HEARD JEREMY
RENNER BROKE BOTH HIS ARMS.>>YEAH! JEREMY RENNER BROKE BOTH ARMS.>>Stephen: HOW DID HE BREAK
BOTH OF HIS ARMS?>>HERE’S WHAT’S CRAZY. JEREMY RENNER, ACTION STAR,
HAWKEYE, HE IS AN “AVENGER.” HE WAS JASON BOURNE. HE’S “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.” HE’S IN THIS PHOTO RIGHT HERE. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?>>WE CRASHED A WEDDING. THAT’S SORT– THAT’S THE CAST OF
“TAG.” AND WE WERE DOING A– SOME PRESS
IN MIAMI LAST WEEK. AND WE BARGED IN ON A WEDDING. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: DID THEY KNOW WHO YOU GUYS WERE IMMEDIATELY?>>SO, IT– WE WERE– WE WERE
KIND OF HAVING DINNER NEXT TO THIS WEDDING. AND WE WERE TALKING LIKE,
“SHOULD WE– WOULD IT BE COOL OR FUN TOW KIND OF JUST JUMP IN AND
SAY HI?” WE WERE REALLY BACK AND NORTH. “I DON’T KNOW.” JEREMY RENNER, GOD BLESS HIM,
WAS LIKE, “I’LL DO IT.” AND HE JUST WALKS RIGHT IN
THERE, AND RIGHT AWAY SOMEBODY IS LIKE, “IT’S HAWKEYE!”
AND THAT’S WHEN WE FELT LIKE, OKAY THIS, GOING TO BE FINE. AND WE ALL WENT IN THERE.>>Stephen: THAT’S WHY HE
WASN’T IN “INFINITE WAR.” HE’S AT HER WEDDING.>>HE’S CRASHING WED GLTION HOW
DID HE BREAK HIS ARMS?>>HE FELL.>>Stephen: OKAY. ED HELMS, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. “TAG” IS IN THEATERS THIS
FRIDAY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MICHAEL
K. WILLIAMS.