‘The Office’: Why Michael Schur Played Mose and Decided to Grow His Beard Back

There were multiple writers of The Office who also played characters on the show. One of them was Michael Schur, who played Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)’s cousin, Mose. He revealed there is a reason he played the farmer and why he decided to grow his beard back.

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Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Michael Schur as Mose on 'The Office'
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Michael Schur as Mose on ‘The Office’ | Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Fans have been wanting the cast of The Office to reunite again for years. Schur talked about what would have to happen if there was a revival with The Last Laugh.

“I don’t think anyone would ever do that without Greg Daniels’ at least blessing, if not outright participation,” Schur said on The Last Laugh. “Unless he was just like, yeah, go do whatever you want.” Schur went back to what happened with the British Office creators in order to create the American version.

I mean, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant had a really wonderful attitude. Because as I’m sure you remember, the announcement that there was going to be an American version of this was met with a loud thud from the critical community. But Ricky and Stephen had this lovely attitude that was like, ‘Yeah, go nuts. We made our thing, there’s DVDs of it on our shelves, we can watch them whenever we want. This won’t retroactively hurt our version.’

Mike Schur on The Last Laugh

Schur is bringing back his Mose beard

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The producer has been busy with other shows since The Office. But now he’s ready to bring back his Mose beard for a good cause.

He is growing it out to fundraise for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. There is a Go Fund Me page called “Feed L.A.!” that explains his mission with:

It’s pretty simple, people. Anyone who has money needs to help anyone who doesn’t. That’s how we get through this as a city, and a state, and a country. I will match all donations up to $50,000. If we raise $50,000, the L.A. Regional Food Bank gets $100,000. They are a crucial service. They don’t get to hunker down in their houses. Their warehouses are open. Their workers are serving food to people who don’t have it, and that number is about to explode. Give what you can. Spread the word. Feed L.A.

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The team organizer is listed as Schur. He also told CNN that he started proposing different things he’d do if they reach different goals with fundraising. One of them was that he would shave his head.

“A bunch of people wrote in and said ‘Instead of shaving your head would you consider regrowing Mose’s beard?'” said Schur. “So again not thinking any of this through I put up that as a poll ‘Would you rather shave my head or grow the neck beard?’ The neckbeard won and now I’m I don’t know five weeks into this nightmare.”

He added, “Part of the reason I played Mose on the show was because this is my natural beard growth. It’s weird and ghoulish.” They have currently raised $173,285 of their $150,000 goal.