Steve Carell’s Take On His Career and the Characters He Plays

Steve Carell in The Big Short

“A character doesn’t know whether they’re in a comedy or a drama.” – Steve Carell

Michael Scott will go down as one of the most beloved characters in modern television thanks to Steve Carell’s portrayal of the not-quite-that-bright-but-endearing boss on NBC’s hit The Office. Since clocking out of the sitcom, he’s gone on to do more comedies and made a shift in his career by taking on dramatic roles, such as his Oscar nominated part in Foxcatcher, as well as his latest film The Big Short.

He sat down with the NY Times to talk about his part alongside Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, but also about how he wound up where he is today.

Whether or not it was comedy or drama, the 53-year-old actor said he didn’t really have a set game plan. “I didn’t set the bar very high for myself, I’ll be honest. I didn’t have a vision. I just wanted to be employed, and I was willing to do almost everything short of pornography to continue working as an actor. I know that’s a pretty horrible image.”

Carell also opened up about what kind of characters he loves to play. “I try not to play characters that ever have any self-awareness that their conviction is boneheaded,” he said. “And I think that can either be funny or dramatic. After all, a character doesn’t know whether they’re in a comedy or a drama.”

The Big Short opens in theaters December 23.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/laura-linney-genuis.jpg
Laura Linney: “The thing that makes the theater different from any other art form: it’s time”
Linney cast's some light on why revivals in theater are looked at differently than their television and film counterparts.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/corey-hawkins.jpg
Corey Hawkins: “I grew up a theater nerd”
"The fun of it and the challenge of it is to take the play — to take the text — and make it your own, to find it your own way" - Corey Hawkins on Theater
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sally-field-the-glass-menagerie.jpg
Sally Field on Performing on Broadway: “You’re so totally and utterly and completely alive”
Field reveals how the lack of intermission helps her maintain her energy and why she decided to return to Broadway after a nearly 15-year break.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/watch-sag-conversations-with-geo.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Geoffrey Rush of ‘Genius’
Rush speaks at length about his career and portraying who many consider to be the wisest man of the 20th century.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt