Improv veteran, character actor, and former Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell became an unlikely movie star when, after giving the funniest performance in a movie packed full of them (Anchorman), he won the lead in TV veteran Judd Apatow’s first feature as a director, the sleeper smash The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Since then Carell has built a diverse career of both leading and supporting roles, leading up to this week’s release of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy about magicians with Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, and Steve Buscemi. So let’s take a look back!
Both Judd Apatow and Steve Carell burst on the scene with the story of a man who’s completely given up on love and dating after a lifetime of failure, forced to grow up when he meets Catherine Keener. This movie also brought Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Jane Lynch, and Kat Dennings to their widest audiences yet, and each and every one of them took that ball and ran it downfield, through the locker room, and past the parking lot.
On the far opposite end of the tone spectrum, Carell plays a gay Proust scholar, despondent about the end of a long-term relationship and dragged on a cross-country trip with his sister’s family. Though Alan Arkin won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Carell’s Read More