Rainn Wilson on spirituality, Internet trolls and milkshakes

The Office‘s strange but lovable Dwight Schrute certainly wasn’t a dull character, but funnyman Rainn Wilson‘s newest role goes much deeper than bears, beets and Battlestar Galatica.

Wilson plays self-destructive and unlikable detective Everett Backstrom in the new drama-comedy Backstrom, which premieres on Fox on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Wilson described his new character as “an equal opportunity hater” in an UNMASKED interview with Ron Bennington this week.

“His very dark world view, seeing the worst in human beings, seeing the world through his corroded, corrupt lens … allows him to get into the skin of the criminal,” Wilson said.

But the actor admits that this dark character may be hard for some watchers to accept.

“He’s especially tough to swallow. He truly see the worst in everyone.”

Wilson still manages to strike a balance between a dark role like Backstrom and his uplifting SoulPancake (home of Kid President).

“It’s an interesting dichotomy … spirituality is important to me, making the world a better place is important to me.”

While Wilson admits the term “spirituality” can mean very different things to different people, it all boils down to one central notion for him: “If you’re not doing something to make the world a better place, then shut the f*ck up.”

“Some of the most rapturously spiritual experiences I’ve had have been at concerts,” Wilson added, specifically Radiohead shows.

And while he notes that another crucial part of spirituality is compassion, everyone has their limits.

“How can we have compassion for the Internet troll, the lowest form of human existence? The Buddha would struggle with that one,” Wilson joked.

It seems the actor can talk all day about life, death and the meaning of it all, but he also has some very practical advice:

“Here’s my diet plan … no milkshakes. How’s that, America?”

Catch the entire interview on SiriusXM Raw Dog Ch. 99 on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2 pm ET.

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