The Onscreen Relationship Between Steve Carells Character and Toni Collettes: Carell and Collette play brother and sister in the film, and share an interesting relationship. In describing the family dynamics Carell said, I always got the sense that the two of us were very, very bright kids and had a connection that way. And I always resented the fact she never married beneath her.
There is a little scene that I do with Paul Dano that wasnt in the final cut. Hes asking me in those notes, Why did mom give up? Why didnt she pursue her career? And I say, Well, because of you. That kind of sinks into him because hes always saying, Moms so great, shes so smart. Why is she this housewife that munches on popsicles in this angry manner? And I tell him that she wasnt. She was smarter than me. She had a huge career ahead of her and she dropped it all because of you.
I think we have a very close relationship in that way. Like when Im teasing Richard [played by Greg Kinnear] and shes looking at me like, Youre terrible, but shes enjoying it at the same time. So, we have this real love of each other and each others minds. I think the two of us together think we are smartest people in the room. My character became egomaniacal about that fact and she didnt play it up.
The Reaction Steve Carell Hopes to Get from the Audience: Carell admits he sat through a public screening of Little Miss Sunshine just to see how real people reacted to the film. I hope it makes them happy. I went to see it last night with a real audience, if you will, and people applauded at the end. I walked out and sort of eavesdropped on what people are saying. I heard a guy in front of me saying, Man, that was just fun. What a sweet, fun movie. Honestly? If thats what people walk out saying, thats great... I think its just sort of a little gem. I just feel that way.
Steve Carell Chocks His Success Up to Luck: Pure, unadulterated luck, says Carell of his current success on TV and in films. Its been an amazing rise, and one which Carrell says could disappear just as quickly. Carrells surprised by how well his career is humming along right now. Absolutely flabbergasted - I think surprised is not strong enough. I didnt expect any of this or anticipate any of this. I have said before that I was just hoping to work as an actor, so this last year has been surreal.
I am always the type of person who is waiting for the other shoe to drop and for it to peter out and end. If it does thats fine. Ive kind of prepared for it myself in some ways because I feel its safer to do that. As soon as I start buying into it and saying, Well, here we go. Its gonna be all gravy from here on out, thats when you go off the cliff in my mind. So I enjoy it and its great and its exciting, but I also dont expect it to continue like this. Its self-preservation - to guard against inflating it in my mind.
Is Carell putting less pressure on himself in regards to the upcoming Bruce Almighty sequel, Evan Almighty, which he stars in without Jim Carrey? Heres the thing, answered Carell, I have already been paid (laughing). You know what I mean? If it absolutely tanks and my career is over, Ill be okay. I could go away and I could raise my kids and I could take jobs as they come. If somehow its just a disaster professionally, I could live with that in part because I have had such a big run of it and Ive sort of tasted that. But its not like Ive tasted that and it has done nothing but made me hungry for more. Ive tasted it and Im very satisfied with it.
Carells playing the same character in Evan Almighty that he played in the original film. Its the same guy, but he obviously grows. I couldnt play that same character for an hour and a half, because that would be interminable (laughing). He has to evolve. You find out about his family; hes married and he has three boys. It expands the whole picture of who that guy is. Working with Morgan Freeman, that was just incredible. We were out in Virginia for three months and they built an arc. They built this thing that is phenomenal and I think it is going to be a remarkable movie.
Comparing Evan Almighty to Little Miss Sunshine: Its a very different animal. Evan Almighty is such a different movie tonally. Evan Almighty will be a very broad comedy that casts a large net. It will be PG. It will be very inoffensive and very sweet. And it will definitely try to appeal to more of a family audience. This has more of an [adult] focus.
And Finally - The Status of Get Smart: A Get Smart movie has been rumored to be in the works for years. Carell says its just about to become a reality. That starts at the end of March. It is finally happening.