When they weren't laughing, the show hosts at ESPN were oozing compliments like "comic genius" Thursday, March 14, during a visit from actor and comic Steve Carell, whose new movie with Jim Carrey, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," opens Friday.
Carell didn't perform any magic while doing the "car wash" cruise through a host of ESPN shows on campus, but the former star of the television show "The Office" did do a comedy bit as a fake news correspondent on SportsCenter, and charmed the star-struck anchors on First Take. In between the string of shows and humor, a soft-spoken and very sincere Carell made some room for Java.
Q: You and Jim Carrey together: I can only imagine the outtakes. How was it working with him again?
A: I was honored to be on the set with him. I called him up and sent him the script and he jumped in and did the movie. It was fun to work together. He is so nice and smart and inventive, and just watching him was such a pleasure.
Q: What kind of new show would bring you back to TV?
A: I have no idea. But I would never say never about doing another TV show.
Q: Spill it now: Is or isn't Meryl Streep going to be in your movie "Anchorman 2?"
A: No. You know Meryl and I were talking about it. She is a fan of "Anchorman" and I said, "Oh, wouldn't it be funny if you did a cameo in the sequel?" And she said that would be great, but it never evolved into anything.
Q: We know you are from the Boston area. What about those Red Sox?
A: I don't know. There is some disarray there. I will always be a fan, but there is some ugliness right now.
Q: How does 50 feel?
A: Fifty feels great. I had a great 50th birthday party, the first surprise birthday party in my life. My wife planned it. We had 150 people and video from people who couldn't make it. It was really, really fun.
Q: Picks for the NCAA finals?
A: I don't do picks; I don't ever do pools.
Q: Who would you rather have as a neighbor, Burt Wonderstone or Michael Scott?
A: Burt Wonderstone after his redemption; before then, not so much. Michael Scott was a good guy, too, but he might become annoying as a neighbor after a while.
Q: If ESPN offered you a show, what would the name of it be?
A: "Esoteric Sports With Steve Carell."