“Michal Scott” is the American version of the bumbling, self-deluded ego machine that is David Brent. Brittney Jernstrom named her cat after the character when she noticed some striking similarities in their personalities. Speaking to Mashable, Brittney said, “He quickly earned the name Michael Scott. It’s hard to explain, but he just acted more eccentric than any other cats we’d ever owned. We noticed early on that he'd do stupid stuff just to be the centre of attention. He had a big personality. He was socially incompetent. He was affectionate but loud, and often obnoxious."
Going Insta Famous
Brittney set up an Instagram page and began recreating some of the shows most famous scenes.
The Dunder Kitten account quickly gained a cult following among fans of The Office, although Brittney is worried about how this newfound fame is affecting the feline Michael Scott: “He thinks he’s hot stuff," she said. "We have a few designated spots around the house we take pictures in and sometimes he’ll go there and just sit and pose on his own waiting for me to take pictures of him."
The supporting cast members
Along with Michael Scott, Brittney has four other cats named Missy, Rocky, Patch, and Pippin. These guys are more than happy to play a few supporting roles. Rocky often fills in as Michaels assistant, Dwight K. Schrute, while Patch puts in a stellar performance as the office receptionist, Pam Beasley.
The "real" Michael Scott was played Steve Carrell, who both entertained and appalled millions of US viewers with his unique management "style" and pearls of corporate wisdom:
"Reverse psychology is an awesome tool. I don't know if you guys know about it, but, basically, you make someone think the opposite of what you believe. And that tricks them into doing something stupid. Works like a charm.”
Not quite, Michael. Not quite!