Steve Carell is one hilarious man. Besides being one of the nicest normal comedians in Hollywood what else do we really know about Steve Carell? Here are some interesting facts you should know about him.
Steve Carrell Facts
After ditching a potential law career when he couldn’t come up with an answer for the question “Why do you want to be an attorney” on the law school entrance exam, Carell joined the famed Second City Improv troupe in Chicago and met his future wife, Nancy Walls. When Walls went to New York to audition for “Saturday Night Live,” Steve joined her and ended up getting a job as a writer and occasional performer on the “Dana Carvey Show.”
Dana Carvey Show
But “The Dana Carvey Show” would turn out to be a good consolation prize, since it put Steve in a writer’s room that contained Stephen Colbert, Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk, and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (yes, ALL AT THE SAME TIME). Steve’s friendship with Colbert would lead directly to his breakout “Daily Show” gig, when Colbert recommended Carell to the producers.
Although “The Office” proved to be a monster success for Carell, he was far from the top of producer Ricky Gervais’ dream cast list. Paul Giamatti, Hank Azaria, Bob Odenkirk, and Martin Short were all considered ahead of him – but the show was predicted to be a disaster, and may have scared some other actors off (in fact, many of Carell’s friends discouraged him from auditioning).
Steve and Nancy
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Incredible Burt Wonderstone
In “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Carell and Steve Buscemi (playing a pair of Las Vegas magicians) have a signature trick that becomes vital to the movie’s finale. The trick was actually designed by David Copperfield, who insisted that no camera trickery be involved. So Carell and Buscemi had to actually learn how to perform the trick, and signed non-disclosure agreements promising not to reveal how it was done.