Michael Scott vs. James Bond? Steve Carell said that he’s anxious to shed his funnyman image and do something dramatic … like play a Bond villain.
Though famous for his comic roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman, Carell thinks he has what it takes to go up against Daniel Craig’s James Bond. He just needs someone to give him that chance.
Talking to Britain’s The Sun about his comedic villain role in Despicable Me 2, Carell said that playing a Bond villain would help his fans see him in a new light.
“My dream is to be a Bond villain. Everyone wants to be in a Bond film. There’s an interesting way that people depict Bond villains that they’re charismatic and almost likeable, almost redeemable and human. Not a caricature or a villain but a human being who does bad things. I think it’s most actors’ dream to play a Bond villain.”
Carell has proven that he has comedic chops in the past with films like Little Miss Sunshine and Dan In Real Life, but an out-and-out villain is something he has never taken on before.
The 50-year-old actor has eyed villainous roles in the past, however. After “The Joker” was announced as the villain in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight, many comic actors (including Carell) publicly voiced their interest in the role.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams even reportedly dressed as The Joker in a bid to convince Nolan to hire him.
Nolan ultimately chose the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of Batman’s greatest enemy.
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