- “It was such a glamorous movie story in a way you don't hear so much anymore. So I just followed it as a fan, it never occurred to me that I would have a part in it. And then I got a call in like August or September, Quentin Tarantino wants to meet you. And then it got delayed, and I thought 'of course.' But then sure enough, I met him, and we had like a forty-five-minute conversation about his movies, and what he thought of The Office, what he was planning on doing with this. And I'd always liked the part of Utivitch, and I kind of had to campaign for it.”
- ―B.J. Novak on how he got his role
Benjamin Joseph Manaly "B. J." Novak (born 31 July 1979) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for being a writer and co-executive producer for and playing the role of Ryan Howard on The Office. In Inglourious Basterds he portrays Smithson Utivich, the only Basterd that survives the film.