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The Sunday Conversation: Steve Carell, romantic leading man

The actor costars with Keira Knightley in 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.' He discusses his film choices, including 'Hope Springs' and 'Foxcatcher.'

June 24, 2012|By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times

I admire people like Alan Arkin. I just think he's been able to do roles that are comedic, roles that are dramatic and just approach them as an actor, as opposed to a comedic actor or a dramatic actor. I just have incredibly high regard for him. I think he's one of a kind.

What are you doing with your production company, Carousel?

We produced "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and we just produced a movie called "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which I am in. That's a broader comedy about magicians and a lot of fun. That's with Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde and James Gandolfini. But I'm getting the best of both worlds. I'm able to produce movies that I want to produce and be in or produce movies that I just want to get made. And I'm getting offered movies that strike the same chord — things I want to be in and things that might be a little bit out of the box.

Are you planning any guest appearances on "The Office"?

No, it hasn't been discussed.

Do you really think that people want to see Michael Scott again? I think the people who say they want to see Michael Scott reappear would be ultimately slightly disappointed. I think you always wish for something that you don't sincerely want to come true. And I think in a way it's better to imagine where Michael and Holly are at this point than actually see it.

I do think that kissing an ex is never as good as you think it's going to be.

That's a good way to put it. It's like, once you graduate from college, you don't want to be that guy two years out who's sleeping on the dorm floor.

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