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Steve stars as "Michael Scott" on NBC's new comedy series "The Office", which premires in Late March 2005. Carell is perhaps best known for his frequent contributions as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” and his breakout performances in the feature films “Bruce Almighty” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (starring Will Ferrell). He recently wrapped production on “Bewitched” playing practical jokester Uncle Arthur alongside co-stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and is currently filming “The 40 Year Old Virgin” for Universal (which was co-written by Carell and director Judd Apatow). Carell is concurrently voicing the character of “Hammy” in DreamWorks animated feature film “Over the Hedge,” and is next set to star in the upcoming film version of “Get Smart” in the title role of Maxwell Smart. Carell portrayed Ellie’s passive/aggressive ex-boyfriend Edgar on NBC’s “Watching Ellie” and was also a series regular in “Over the Top” with Tim Curry and Annie Potts. He also was a writer and performer on “The Dana Carvey Show.” His additional feature-film credits include “Curly Sue” and “Sleepover.”
Steve was born on August 16, 1963, in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife actress Nancy Walls and their two children.
Steve Carell braves his 'Office' job
"Nothing to me feels as good as laughing incredibly hard," says Steve Carell of NBC's new mockumentary series "The Office." "If a movie or a TV show or a book makes you laugh until you cry, you just feel better."
A lot of folks did just that with the original BBC version of "The Office," created by and starring Ricky Gervais as lacking-all-social-graces David Brent, manager of a paper supply company.
Now it's up to Carell to get audiences doubling-up with similar glee watching NBC's adaptation of the Golden Globe-winning import, which premieres 9:30 p.m. EST Thursday.
Best known as the news correspondent on "The Daily Show," the anchorman in "Bruce Almighty," and the weather guy in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," Carell plays Michael Scott in "The Office," a cringe-inducing boss, adept at little except the inappropriate.
"Steve's brave. It really has a lot to do with courage," says co-executive producer Greg Daniels. "It's big shoes to fill."
Daniels says they picked Carell for the lead role because, "He's very likable. He's got a goofy side to him and so it doesn't come out that he (Scott) is trying to be hurtful. It comes out like he's unintentionally being hurtful, which is the joke."
Carell had not seen the original series and before auditioning, he watched only a bit of the pilot episode "to get a taste of the tone." From everything he'd heard, Gervais created "an iconic character," so "I thought the best way for me to approach it would be with a clean slate."
He briefly met Gervais and original co-creator Stephen Merchant, who have co-producer credit on the American version. They didn't set any guidelines; they merely provided encouragement. "It was kind of like they were just giving us a toy to play with, to do whatever we wanted with," Carell says.
He says Scott is "well meaning, but generally all those good intentions go awry. He has a social blind spot. He doesn't know when to stop himself from saying something. He doesn't understand when he is being offensive. He doesn't understand how people truly perceive him."
Both Carell and Daniels believe the concept of the half-hour show, which is shot single-camera without an audience, has universal appeal, so they haven't tried to reproduce the original series, just catch its essence.
"I think the spirit of the British show is that the reality of office life is that it can be like a prison. You don't get to choose who you are sitting next to, so you have to deal with characters that are irritating, and that's within everybody's experience," says Daniels.
"I think it's a little more real than people might be expecting," notes Carell. "NBC has allowed us to leave in those uncomfortable pauses that I think are so important ... it has to be awkward, kind of nails-on-a-chalkboard at times."
Carell, 41, grew up in Concord, Mass. His first comic forays were to try to make "my older brothers' girlfriends laugh by doing something odd ... like dressing up as an alien for no apparent reason and coming down to dinner."
His first paying job was at Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, where he honed his improv skills and met his wife, actress Nancy Walls.
In the upcoming movie "Bewitched," he's practical joker Uncle Arthur, a character etched in the original TV series by Paul Lynde. In the planned film version of another classic TV series, "Get Smart," he'll also step into the shoes of a well-known character - inept spy Maxwell Smart, first played by Don Adams.
Carell never deliberately sought to play TV journalist roles or characters nailed by other actors.
"It's not a master plan to do every remake and every recreation of icons," he says. "It's just what I've been hired to do."
Call in Sick If You Have To, but Watch the New Office
It's time I tell the world where I stand on one issue: I am staunchly, unflinchingly and categorically against the death penalty...when it comes to undeserving TV shows.
With recent developments illustrating the uncertain fate of Arrested Development and American Dreams, and a reminder that Angel was too good to go, I'm all jazzed up about saving the innocents this week, including, for starters, saving a series that hasn't even aired yet.
Office-al Obsession: I think I'm in love. And I'm not talking about John Stamos.
I'll admit, when I heard NBC was doing a new version of The Office, I suffered visions of a second Coupling, and subsequently, hives. But I have seen the first three episodes of this series and can tell you: It will kill you. And believe it or not, I mean that in a good way.
The Office: An American Workplace doesn't bow on the Peacock net until Mar. 24, admittedly an eternity to short attention-span, small-screen types such as ourselves. So, why am I revving you up so early, teasing you like a plaid-wearing Catholic schoolgirl? Simple. I cannot stand the thought of this show not surviving. That said, I am begging, no, actually, demanding that you mark your calendars, tell all your friends and promise to join me in this Office-al obsession. As with all good cults, you will, of course, need persuading (and possibly separation from any skeptical friends and family), so here are a few reasons to bow down.
Steve Carell 1. Steve Carell Might Be the Funniest Man Alive: I say this not just because he tried to open-mouth kiss me at a recent NBC party (affection can't buy me!). As the manager of a small paper company in Pennsylvania who deems himself "a friend first, boss second and entertainer third," the bulked-up Daily Show alum is something of a Larry David/Ben Stiller/Tobias Bluth train wreck who is so outrageously cringe-worthy, you have to watch...with one eye open. But you can watch an The Office: An American Workplace video clip (with Steve Carell's sloppy smooch) right here.
2. Fans of the Original Won't Be Disappointed: With a few scripts borrowed from the UK version and updated with Yank references and the other five entirely new, Workplace is a perfect blend of familiarity and freshness. "They did a really unbelievable thing by creating that show," Carell says of the original Office, "and they gave us an awesome toy to play with...we've kinda just taken it on by ourselves and played with it in our own way."
Rainn Wilson 3. The Supporting Cast Is Out of Control: With the exception of Rainn Wilson, whom Six Feet Under's fans know as Mama Fisher's boy toy Arthur, you might not recognize a one of 'em, but trust me, you will instantly adore this cast. They are more or less the second coming of the Arrested Development gang--both on and offscreen--which means that given the gropey, smoochy, outrageous behavior exhibited during our first meeting, I'm demanding body armor for subsequent interviews.
4. Dumb People Won't Get It: Like Arrested, Workplace's humor is probably too quirky, too witty and too smart for the majority of viewers, who like their comedy laugh-tracked and spoon-fed. But don't let that deter you. As my grandma always said, it's better to have watched and lost than never to have watched at all.
5. NBC Relies on Word of Mouth: Hence, the reason I'm breaking out my pom-poms to rah-rah this show. Peacock insiders tell me Jeff Zucker has learned his lesson from the Coupling hype and is gambling on buzz from critics and fans to carry this show. No pressure, but I've done my part, so, if the children of these actors and writers end up starving, I'm coming after you.
Steve Carell stars in the NBC's new comedy '' The Office''
From Reveille and NBC Universal Television Studio comes a documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 in the half-hour comedy “The Office,” based on the award-winning BBC hit.
A fly-on-the-wall docu-reality parody about modern American office life, “The Office” delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell, “The Daily Show,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Bruce Almighty”) is a single, middle-aged man who is the boastful tour guide for the documentary. With unshaken enthusiasm, Michael believes he is the office funnyman, a fountain of business wisdom and his employees’ cool friend. He has no clue that his employees tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks. Painstakingly trying to be liked and look cool, Michael comes off alternately absurd and pathetic. His prize possession is his “World’s Greatest Boss” mug -- which he had to buy for himself.
Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer, “Miss Match”) is the reasonable and friendly office receptionist who bears the brunt of Michael’s routines. The bright spots in Pam’s day are her conversations with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski, “Kinsey”), a likable sales rep with a good sense of humor who should have found a better job years ago, but is too comfortable with his office mates and routine to leave.
Jim shares his working space with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson, “Six Feet Under”), the arrogant assistant to the regional manager. Dwight is intensely irritating to normal people and Jim spends a lot of time finding new, interesting ways to drive Dwight crazy.
Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, “Punk’d”) is a young, smart, self-possessed temp, who quickly figures out the real office politics despite Michael’s attempts to instill the official point-of-view.
“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Howard Klein.
Actor Steve Carell set for US Office
Steve Carell is already well-known to US viewers. US actor Steve Carell is set to star as Ricky Gervais' character in the American version of The Office.
Carell, who appears on US network Comedy Central's satire The Daily Show, is in talks with NBC about the role.
NBC said its version of the show will be inspired by, rather than copy, the UK original, which won two Golden Globe awards earlier this week. Rather than call the lead character in the US Office David Brent, NBC has opted to call him Michael Scott.
Executives are currently trying to resolve a clash which has Carell committed to work on another sitcom, Come To Papa, while work is due to take place on The Office. While a well-known face on US TV, Carell's other credits include the Hollywood film Bruce Almighty.
Other members of the cast have been confirmed - Rainn Wilson will play eccentric Dwight - based on Mackenzie Crook's Gareth - and Jenna Fischer will play put-upon assistant Pam, following Lucy Davis' character Dawn in the UK version. John Kasinski will play Jim - based on Martin Freeman's likeable character Tim. The series will be written by Greg Daniels, the man behind animated series King of The Hill. He has also worked on Seinfeld and The Simpsons.
The profile of The Office in the US received a huge boost last week when the series and its British star Ricky Gervais walked off with two Golden Globes.
The Office beat established US sitcoms such as Will and Grace and Sex and the City to win the best comedy series award while Gervais beat Matt LeBlanc to win the award for best TV comedy actor. Receiving his award, Gervais said: "They told me to thank people, I said 'We're not going to win anyway'."