Steve Carell knows just how his friends on The Office feel now that the series is winding down – a lot like he felt when he left the sitcom in 2011.
“I just hope they savor it, because it was such a special thing for me and a really moving transition in my life. And it was hard to say goodbye,” the actor, 50, told PEOPLE at Monday’s Hollywood premiere of his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Carell, who played Dunder Mifflin branch manager Michael Scott for seven seasons, says he’s been in touch with all of his old castmates recently, and he feels their pain.
“They’re going through the same thing that I went through two years ago,” he says. “It’s a lot because it was a big part of all of our lives. And we’re all very close. So I understand what they’re going through.”
Here are a few awesome/ridiculous highlights of Steve Carell’s career thus far: donning a Biblical beard in “Evan Almighty,” professing his love to a lamp during “Anchorman,” and hosting a recurring segment on “The Daily Show” about fruits and vegetables (fittingly titled Produce Pete). However, in ”The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” hitting theaters this Friday, Carell has managed to one-up himself once again — at least costume-wise.
In “Wonderstone,” Carell plays the titular character, an outlandish Vegas magician who has a penchant for velour suits and gobs of spray tan. Burt, along with his magic partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), have been at the top of the magic game for 10 years. However, when a new magician comes on the scene (Jim Carrey, doing his best Criss Angel impression), Burt and Anton are forced to do some real soul-searching.
Carell called us from Las Vegas — where much of “Burt Wonderstone” was shot — to discuss card tricks, the pros of wearing velour, and a quick “Anchorman 2″ update.
How is Vegas treating you? It’s fantastic
Are you a gambling man? I am not. I like the shows, I like the food, but I am not a gambler.
Have you seen any magic shows on this trip? I just saw a [David] Copperfield show the other night. I did a little cameo on his show.
A cameo sounds cool. What was that like? I just walked out on stage to assist him with a trick. It was just a little gag.
You were wearing a fake tan while shooting “Burt Wonderstone,” right? Oh, all fake.
How long does that take to come off? It’s always sort of coming off. They spray it on and say it will dry but it’s always tacky. You’re always leaving a trail of golden-brown behind you. So I guess once a week I would get it recharged. It’s a look. It’s not my look.
Looking trim in a black windbreaker over a gray crew neck sweatshirt, Steve Carell walked into the diner near the Warner Bros. lot just like a regular guy.
OK, most actors/celebrities walk into diners like regular folk; it’s not like they’re transported in on pillows. So with Carell, let’s emphasize the regularness.
There’s something extra unassuming about his appearance, the way he carried himself. When Samuel L. Jackson, in his trademark beret, took a seat at a booth kitty-corner from Carell minutes later, he captured attention, even if no one aside from the wait staff approached him — but a father did ask Carell to pose for a photo with his daughter, which the 50-year-old actor did, graciously.
Carell, whose breakthrough movie, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005), sprung from a sketch he developed while at The Second City, draws you in subtly, his hazel eyes projecting earnestness, his short-cropped pepper-with-salt hair augmenting the image of someone who would seem right at home in a bureaucratic office — a trick that, come to think of it, he has pulled off. He’s stealth-normal.
When you watch him on screen, you never know whether things will remain calm, as they do in his dramatic roles in “Hope Springs” (where he plays counselor to Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones’ passion-seeking married couple) and in “Little Miss Sunshine” (his suicidal, gay Proust expert anchoring some dysfunctional family comedy), or go kablooey, as they do when he’s a newscaster suddenly spouting gibberish (“Bruce Almighty,” from 2003) or an office manager who can’t help doing or saying the absolute wrong thing at the worst time (NBC’s “The Office,” which he left in 2011).
Steve Carell chatted exclusively to EntertainmentWise recently to discuss his hilarious new film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone! The comic actor discussed his co-stars Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey, the beautiful Olivia Wilde and sequins. Lots and lots of sequins!
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone focuses on the world of magic and illusion in Las Vegas. Carell plays Burt, one half of super-star magician duo Wonderstone and Marvelton.
One day a lowly street performer’s acts begin to make their big budget show look stale, so the duo try to save their act – and their friendship- in one new daring act.
Carell explained that the reason he was fist interested in the script for the film was because of the part of Wonderstone. ” I thought the character of Burt Wonderstone was really funny. Because he’s such a jerk” the actor said.
“He’s such a pompous a**. He’s someone who has let the ego get the better of him, and he’s just a horrible person in dire need of redemption.”
This explains why Wonderstone and Marvelton get through lovely magician’s assistants so quickly then! In the film, the latest in a “long line of assistants” is Jane, played by the stunning Olivia Wilde.
On the heels of another carefully worded denial from exec producer Greg Daniels that The Office‘s May 16 series finale will not feature a return appearance by Steve Carell, TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dunder Mifflin legend will, in fact, turn up in the swan song.
In a conference call with reporters last week, Daniels sort-of-but-not-really shot down speculation about a Carell comeback, saying, “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.”
Possible translation: Carell’s return won’t overshadow the ending.
And by all accounts, it won’t. According to sources, Carell’s return engagement qualifies as more of a cameo than a full-fledged guest appearance. (It’s unclear if Carell will be joined by his Office soul mate Amy Ryan.)
An NBC spokesperson declined to comment, while Carell’s rep insists that the Office finale will be Scott-free.
On Saturday, Carell surprised thousands of Office fans when he joined his former co-stars at a huge “wrap party” held in the real Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“I would like to say that so far, Austin is like a beautiful woman and I want to take advantage of you,” Jim Carrey told the crowd at Friday’s South by Southwest world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – a go-for-broke comedy in which he plays a David Blaine-style nemesis to SteveCarell‘s lion-maned, wax-chested Las Vegas magician.
Carrey then launched, somewhat inexplicably, into a rendition of The Killer’s “Human” (“Are we human? Or are we dancer?” he sang), before another of the film’s stars – Olivia Wilde, who plays a magician’s assistant in the comedy — took the microphone.
“Thank you for coming out and filling this beautiful theater,” Wilde said, scanning the packed Paramount. “We are so honored to start this festival. This [movie] represents to me what Austin represents and that is fun — a good-natured, laughing good time. So thank you for having us.”
The film’s other stars, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin andJames Gandolfini, didn’t make it to the event, nor did director Don Scardino (30 Rock), who was unfortunately indisposed “pissing out a kidney stone,” Carrey volunteered.
Moments earlier, Janet Pierson, producer of the SXSW Film Festival since 2008, justified her choice of kick-off film in easy-to-grasp terms.
“It’s f–king hilarious,” she said.
“We should put that on the poster,” Carell later joked.
Reports surfaced Thursday claiming Meryl Streep would be making a cameo in the upcoming “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.”
However, “Anchorman’s” Steve Carell tells Access Hollywood (sadly) that Meryl won’t be able to fit the film into her schedule.
“When I did ‘Hope Springs,’ [Meryl] mentioned she was a fan and she said, ‘Oh, I’d love to be in it,’” Steve told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Friday’s Access Hollywood Live. “But that’s not gonna [happen] — that’s not a thing.
“She’s actually busy — she can’t do it,” he added, with a laugh.
While Meryl isn’t available, Steve confirmed the highly anticipated sequel will feature Harrison Ford, James Marsden and Kristen Wiig, and said the Will Ferrell-led comedy will not disappoint.
“It’s gonna be really funny. It’s a great script,” he said. “I think the fact that it had eight years to gestate [was helpful]. The second one actually makes sense. It’s smart and really silly at the same time.”
In fact, Steve said the movie will be hilarious and remain “very similar to the first in terms of tone.”
He pulled off one of television’s most memorable vanishing acts when he left The Office in 2011. Now, Steve Carell is up to some new tricks — namely, playing a blowhard magician opposite Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (opening March 15). Carell plays the title character, Burt, whose relationship with former BFF and partner-in-magic Anton (Steve Buscemi) reaches the breaking point as their stale act battles dwindling audiences and Burt’s enormous ego. But when an edgy, rival street magician (Carrey) starts stealing their thunder, Burt and Anton have to learn — with the help of their beautiful assistant, played by Olivia Wilde — how to rediscover the magic. Here, the 50-year-old actor lets loose with TIME.
Your hair in the movie is pretty epic.
Yeah, there’s a lot of hair going on. Everybody has their own hair in the movie. James Gandolfini, Steve Buscemi, everyone. Alan Arkin. Hair is a big part of the whole adventure on this one.
Now that you’ve rocked a blond mullett, can you say that blonds have more fun?
I would say, in my experience, blonds have less fun.
The blond mullet look was not working for the missus.
Steve Carell thinks being teased by Ricky Gervais is a ”badge of honour”.
The ‘Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ actor got to know the British funnyman after he took on the lead role in the US version of ‘The Office’ – the UK comedy which Ricky wrote and starred in – and he feels very touched when he makes jokes about him.
He said: ”Oh, he teases me mercilessly. But I take that as a badge of honour. If you’re being teased by Ricky Gervais then you’re doing something right.”
The American version of ‘The Office’ – which, like its UK counterpart, is filmed in a documentary style – comes to an end this year, but Steve says he won’t be returning as his alter ego Michael Scott because he doesn’t think it would fit in with his character’s traits.
Steve – who left the show in 2011 – told ShortList magazine: ”I just don’t think there’s any reason for him to come back. I’m sure he would go back and see his old colleagues at Dunder Mifflin, but I don’t think he’d do it in front of the ‘documentary’ cameras.”
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