‘NCIS’ Star Gary Cole Names the Two Movies Fans Always Bring Up in Person

by Suzanne Halliburton

Admit it NCIS fans, you’re probably waiting for Alden Parker to parade into the office wearing a yellow power tie, glasses and some suspenders. He’ll grab a cup of coffee and lean over one of the agents.

“If you could just go ahead and do that,” Parker will say. “That would be greeaaat.”

What, you don’t think Bill Lumbergh would make a great NCIS special agent in charge? Gary Cole, who was introduced as Parker on NCIS last month, swears that so many people bring up his role in Office Space. Most everybody thought Lumbergh was the worst boss ever. If you never saw the 1999 movie that skewered the office experience, you’ve seen the Lumbergh memes. They’re everywhere.

Cole, the newest NCIS star, told Entertainment Weekly: “Mostly people want me to tell them to come in on Saturday or they want to know if I got the memo. All of us (from Office Space) started hearing quotes echoed back to us on the street. We were surprised at first because we thought the movie hadn’t done very well. But then there was a period of time where we realized it had survived, somehow.”

Office Space, which was filmed in Austin, didn’t do so well at the box office. But it’s definitely a cult classic thanks to word of mouth and the attention it received from Comedy Central. Movie lovers heard about it and rented Office Space from places like Blockbuster. Then millions of people started buying the movie, which also starred Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston. Although the movie is 22 years old, it still feels current, with Initech’s overreliance on business consultants.

The new NCIS star says there’s another movie fans love to talk about. That’s Talladega Nights. the Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Those memes and gifs are everywhere, too.

Maybe Alden Parker Will Ask ‘Fear or Prison’ In Next Interrogation

And maybe Parker will go all Reese Bobby on his NCIS team. Maybe he gets into the car and tells Torres or McGee: “There’s nothing more frightening then driving with a live goddamn cougar next to you.”

Or maybe the FBI turned NCIS agent tells his crew: “Now, there’s nothing like driving to avoid jail. Nothing hones your mind and your instincts like necessity. So I taped a kilo of cocaine underneath the car and called the boys in blue. Now, the way I figure it, you got about two minutes before they show up and you do 5 to 10. So, what’s it going to be? Fear or prison?”

Cole played Will Ferrell’s dad in the 2008 comedy. Cole definitely held his own alongside the likes of Ferrell and Sacha Baren Cohen.

Now, he plays the very serious Alden Parker, who is starting to let NCIS fans know his personality. He’s not afraid to buck the system. After all, that’s how he ended up as the heir apparent to Gibbs on NCIS. And he likes David Bowie music. The show returns with a new episode, Nov. 1.