Steve Carell’s Not Sorry He Left “The Office”
Some actors have exited hit shows and later regretted it, but not Steve Carell. In a recent interview, the actor seems happy with his decision and ready to move on.
Leaving a hit TV series may seem like a foolish move, but Carell has no regrets about his departure from “The Office.” He told Reuters, “I felt like it was the right thing to do and the right time for me to go.”
“It’s very much akin to when I left ‘The Daily Show.’ I had a great job and good friends and a solid income… I just felt like if I’m going to leave, I better leave now before I get too comfortable.”
“I figured it was time to try something else. You never know what might be on the other side.”
In Carell’s case, what was on “the other side” includes the indie film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” which hits theaters on Friday. The dark, quirky film hinges on an asteroid that is set to destroy the Earth. Carell explained the plot.
“It’s the flip side of one of these big asteroid movies that we’ve all seen with the President and the hotline and the astronauts. This is a story of what everybody else is going through. Few people know how much time they have left. Given the time you have, how do you choose to use it? Where do you find your joy? That’s very present in me on a daily basis. I have my wife and two little kids. I try to live in the moment and embrace what I’ve got.”
Carell is one of the more down-to-earth stars, so it’s no surprise that he recently decided to lend a hand when his favorite pizza parlor was busy. According to the National Enquirer, Carell dropped by a Hollywood pizzeria to pick up a pie when he noticed the manager was short of help due to a worker who failed to report for his shift. The Enquirer reports that, “The star jumped behind the counter, donned an apron and began answering the phone, taking orders from hungry patrons.”
Carell stayed on the job 45 minutes, until the rush was over, and was rewarded with a free pizza for his labors.