Steve Carell on ‘Despicable Me 2’ and Doing More Dramatic Work to Keep Things “Interesting”


Even though Steve Carell has made his name as a comedic actor, he has never been worried about getting typecast as Michael Scott from The Office.

“I’ve done big commercial movies and little independent movies, and I’ve played jerks and suicidal Proust scholars, and I feel like I’ve been really lucky to play all the different types of characters I play, so no, I don’t worry about [being typecast.]  If I do get pigeonholed, it’s nothing I can really control,” he admitted in an interview with Yahoo! News.

Carell has been taking on many challenges, including his voiceover work in the new animated film, Despicable Me 2.  “I’ve been doing some more dramatic work, I’m writing something now and eventually I might direct something,” the 50-year-old said.  “I’ve got some other things in the fire, but that’s just to keep it interesting and exciting.

“It’s interesting how this movie mirrors what a lot of parents go through when they have kids, because initially, when you have kids, the focus becomes the kids.  I know that became the case with my wife and I, almost at the expense of everything else, it became all about our kids.  Which is fine, but within that, you can’t lose your sense of self, you can’t lose your career and what motivates you and what nourishes you.”

Despicable Me 2 is now playing in theaters.

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