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Get Steve - Carell talks about the new Get Smart movie

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 27th 2008 9:20AM
Carell as SmartLast week, The Office's Steve Carell attended WonderCon 2008, talking about his new movie Get Smart. The picture, which is based on the 1965 NBC (and later CBS) TV series of the same name, will be appearing in theaters around the country on June 20, 2008. While saying that he tried not to channel Don Adams's performance so he could bring something different to the role, in an IESB.net interview with Carell, he said that before he got the part of Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, of CONTROL, both Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell were considered. The film had actually been in development for nearly a decade. Steve recalled going to Warner Brothers for a reading about three years ago. "It was the most surreal moment, because I went in thinking I was just going to audition for a role. I didn't expect them to offer me the part of Maxwell Smart."

Steve also talked about The Office, saying he'll be going back to work on the NBC Emmy-winning sitcom in two weeks. They have six more new episodes to film for this season before coming back next year for sure. He said that there will likely not be any more one-hour episodes. "I prefer personally the half-hour shows. They're sort of short and sweet, and it's always better to leave people wanting more." Carell also mentioned that he recently went through jury duty, something he wants to have his alter ego Michael Scott go through on The Office.

[via IESB.net]

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I have high hopes for this one. I think Carell may actually be able to play the character as a serious idiot, which is exactly right for the part. He doesn't need Adams' inflections, but he needs the dead-serious, always-wrong mindset. I do not think Carrey or Ferrell (why do all these guys have double letters in their names? Is it a comedy rule?) could have pulled that off. I don't want a silly spoof making fun of "Get Smart" -- I want the real thing, a spoof that makes fun of EVERYTHING ELSE.

February 27 2008 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I completely agree. Had Carrey or Ferrell (especially Ferrell, blech!) had gotten the part I wouldn't even bother to see the movie. They would've hammed it up, which seems to be their substitute for actual comedic talent, and ruined the whole movie.

February 27 2008 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also agree Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell would have destroyed the movie.

At least now it has the chance to be decent.

February 27 2008 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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