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Harvey Keitel to Replace Steve Carell in 'The Office'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2010 10:35AM
Harvey KeitelWe've heard plenty of suggestions on whom 'The Office' should hire to replace Steve Carell when the actor's contract expires at the end of this season, but the latest rumor is the most unexpected. Producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays Carell's 'Office'-mate Toby, wants Harvey Keitel to fill Michael Scott's shoes.

Yep, you read that right. The veteran actor, who has worked with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, is Lieberstein's first choice for the role. "He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now," Lieberstein told E! Online. True -- Keitel starred on the one-season wonder 'Life On Mars.'

But still ... seriously? "Yes, absolutely," Lieberstein said. "He's a real tough guy, but I saw him in 'Life on Mars' and I saw a lot more comedy in his work, just little slivers of it, little things he would do that made me think he's capable of a lot more than what [he's done]."

There's just one problem: Despite having a role already in mind for Keitel ("He's an old salesman who thought he could retire and the stock market went down, and he has to come out of retirement to work for a few years."), Lieberstein said he hasn't actually asked Keitel to do it.

"I haven't started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job -- a very different energy," he said. "And we don't want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve."

Do you think Keitel would be a good fit for 'The Office'?

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Wow, I didn't see that coming!! My problem with Harvey is that I can't help thinking about his role in "Bad Cop" whenever I see him now and that gives me the willies!

But, while I have no idea if Harvey is a good pick for the show since I'm doubtful anyone can really replace Steve - except, of course, the original, Ricky Gervais - but I'd tune in and take a look see.

September 02 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the dude


September 02 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

this sounds stupid why would Harvey Keitel be good on The Office? they should go with someone who knows comedy

September 02 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Red Onions

greatest. idea. EVAR!

September 02 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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