NYGossipGirl Exclusive Interview: Steve Carell
The film tells the story of a man who finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic after news erupts of an asteroid about to hit the Earth. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart and finds comfort in a neighbor (Keira Knightley) who helps him on his journey.
To say this was our favorite interview to date is an understatement. Carell is not only hilarious in front of the camera, but behind it as well.
Check out the interview below where Carell talks about what he would do if he only had a few weeks left on earth, whether or not he’ll come back to The Office and the status of Anchorman 2!
NYGG: Can you talk about that opening scene and filming it with your wife on your anniversary?
Carrell: Yeah, it was literally our wedding anniversary. She’s playing my wife and we get the news of the end of the world and she pulls out of the car. She also shots me this look, which frankly, I’m not unfamiliar with. It’s a scary, dagger eye look. It was fun, though. It was nice to spend our anniversary together.
NYGG: If there were only 2-3 weeks left before the end of the world, where would you go and what would you hope to find?
Carrell: Certainly, I would be foraging for junk food. Things like Twinkies and Ho-Hos. Nutrition is not [important], who cares.
NYGG: What would your playlist be like?
Carrell: Maybe to actually bring it up a little bit, some Sheryl Crow or maybe some Taylor Swift, to feel a little fuzzy inside.
Check out the rest of NYGossipGirl’s interview with Steve Carell after the jump!
NYGG: Is this the first film you did after The Office?
Carrell: Yeah, actually it is. I shot Crazy, Stupid, Love while I was doing The Office, so yeah. This was pretty soon on the heals of my last episode.
NYGG: Are you ever going to come back to The Office?
Carrell: Do you really want to see Michael Scott back?
NYGG: I think I do.
Carrell: Here’s the thing. I think people think they want to see that, but ultimately they don’t. I firmly believe that. In their mind, they want to see the big wedding with Holly. I really don’t think people want to see that.
NYGG: Did it feel different doing a movie when you didn’t have a show to go back to?
Carrell: It did because once the movie ended, I had some downtime with my family. And we were able to go on a summer vacation together which we didn’t have the chance to do before.
NYGG: What was your first impression of the script?
Carrell: I loved the script. It was a script I could not stop thinking about, because it was absurd and funny, but there was also a real tenderness to it. It was a haunting quality to it as well.
NYGG: Are you familiar with the Mayan prediction for 2012? Did you think about that when you were preparing for the film?
Carrell: Yes, by all means. I think it’s all going to come to an end, pleasure to have known you. There were a lot of people on set who put a lot of credence on those things and the movie was freaking them out, frankly. What I kept saying to a friend who was freaking out about it, was that suppose it’s true, what can you do about it? You can get all twisted up inside and feel miserable or not. You just try to have fun, live your life and enjoy it while you can.
NYGG: What was it like working with Sorry, the dog?
Carrell: Horrible, it was horrible. Just a rotten, rotten animal. It was fine, he was very sweet. Unfortunately, not the best breathe in the world. There were actually two dogs that played Sorry. One was quite good, he was very sweet and they called him the hero dog – the dog that they used for all the big takes and he was just a charmer. The other dog was sort of an awful thing. The other dog was pretty nasty [laughs].
NYGG: Can you talk about working with Keira?
Carrell: She’s great. She’s sweet and we got along famously. She’s obviously a great actor and makes everyone better. She’s kind and funny and very unassuming. I just saw her for the first time in a while when they held up the computer and said hello. She’s a sweetheart.
NYGG: How excited are you for Anchorman 2?
Carrell: Really excited. We actually just got together and put together a pre-trailer. We haven’t been in that capacity together for 8-9 years and it was a ball. It’s going to be fun. They just turned in the script and I think they’re going to start filming in February or March.
NYGG: What do you have coming up next?
Carrell: I’m shooting a movie in Massachussets in a few weeks by the guys who wrote the Descendents. And they’re also directing it.