Ever since leaving his iconic role as Michael Scott on The Office, Steve Carell‘s acting career has not suffered. He stood out in a leading role in last summer’s hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. and now he looks to repeat the same success as Dodge alongside Keira Knightleyin “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Carell spoke to us at a recent roundtable in NYC via Skype (he’s very busy). Along with discussing his latest role, Carell also told us why he would never reprise his role on The Office, as well as an inside scoop on Anchorman 2.
Do you ever think about the end of the world, what you’d be doing?
All I think about. That’s one of the reasons the script appealed to me, because it showed this scenarios from a different viewpoint. It’s not the viewpoint of the president on the hotline talking to the astronauts, it’s just people. It’s just the normal rank and file who are dealing with this information, and I think it makes you think about it. It makes you think about what you would do and the choices you would make. And I’d probably just eat. I’d eat a lot of crap.
The whole idea of facing the end of the world and knowing you have a limited amount of time left, is that something that you’d rather know if it was going to happen, or would you like to just have a big “pop” and just have everything end without worrying about it?
Just pop me. I don’t wanna know. I mean personally, I don’t want to have the time to put my ducks in a row. I’m hoping that my ducks are in a row already and that I’m living my life the way I want to live it, with joy and happiness. Because I think it puts an awful lot of pressure, you know you have this much time left so make the most of it. I’d rather challenge myself to make the most of it without that knowledge.
You’ve got a wonderful chemistry with Keira [Knightley], can you talk about working together and getting a rhythm between you and how you worked?
You know what, you never know if there will be a chemistry. I think she’s great, I mean I like her on a personal level. I think she’s smart and funny and self-deprecating and sweet and I was really drawn to her. I think she’s a really kind person, apart from just being a great actor. So I loved working with her. We spend a lot of time together, a lot of time in the car, a lot of time just the two of us, just sitting talking about our lives and families and stuff like that. And when somebody’s that good, you know it’s a cliché, but when somebody’s that good an actor it just makes everybody else better, and you can’t help but be better in the presence of someone like that.
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