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
An extreme vacation turns terrifying when a group of friends visit the Chernobyl disaster site, and learn that some nightmares never die. Conceived and produced by Paranormal Activity‘s Oren Peli, Chernobyl Diaries gets underway as six thrill-seeking tourists hire a fearless tour guide, and travel to the abandoned Ukrainian city of Pripyat. Back when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor was up and running, Pripyat was the place the workers called home. But 25 years after one of the worst power-plant accidents in history, the city serves as an eerily silent testament to the dangers of nuclear power. Later, after getting unexpectedly stranded in Pripyat, the tourists and their guide realize they are being hunted.
As five friends pile into an RV bound for a secluded cabin far from civilization, the operators of a mysterious, high-tech control room monitor their every move while preparing an arcane ritual that dates back to the beginning of time. Shortly after arriving at the rickety cottage, Dana (Kristen Connolly) and her friends Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz), and Holden (Jesse Willaims) venture into the basement and discover a little girl’s diary from the early 1900s — which recounts a series of horrifying events that unfolded precisely where the vacationing teens how stand. Before long, the nightmare comes knocking at the door — murder gleaming from its putrid eyes and a rusty saw clenched in rotting hands.
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in this apocalyptic comedy following two neighbors who set out for one last road trip after learning that a massive asteroid will wipe out all life on Earth in just three weeks. Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightly) are both having a very bad day. Shell-shocked after hearing that the last hope of destroying the massive asteroid on a collision course with Earth has failed, Dodge watches helplessly as his wife bounds out of their car and vanishes into the night. Later, as the now-reluctant loner ponders what to do with his remaining time on the doomed planet, sobbing waif Penny appears at his window lamenting her breakup with self-centered boyfriend Owen.