Funnyman Steve Carell explores his sensitive side with Keira Knightley in the comedy-drama ”Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” which opened this weekend.
Did you think when you were setting out on your career that you’d become a romantic leading man?
That was the furthest thing from my mind, and it continues to be. I am incredulous that it has come out that way. I don’t think I am a typical leading man, certainly not a typical romantic leading man. So that all comes as a complete surprise, and even more to my wife [Nancy Walls]. We sit and laugh about it. When you go through the list of women I’ve had as costars, it’s a pretty heady list — everyone from Juliette Binoche to Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Keira Knightley.
So Nancy isn’t threatened. She just laughs. In order to be threatened, she would have to think that I would stand a chance with any of those women. To answer you, no.
Your real wife plays your movie wife who leaves you in the first scene of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”
And she leaves me on our [actual] 16th wedding anniversary. I hope that’s nothing more than a coincidence.
Was there a cake?
Yes, [writer-director] Lorene [Scafaria] got us an anniversary cake in the shape of a giant meteor hitting the Earth. Probably the first anniversary cake of that type ever.
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