Steve Carell was first noticed in the short lived Dana Carvey Show in the mid-nineties, but it would take him another few years before his career really took off. The U.S. version of The Office may be what he is best known for, but the versatile actor has had a great career in movies as well. With Despicable Me 2 and The Way, Way Back both opening this weekend, we figured it was the perfect time to take a look at some of his best roles.
Bruce Almighty: This 2003 Jim Carey vehicle was perhaps Carell’s real first hit. His role as Evan Baxter was fairly small, but it was memorable enough to warrant a sequel four years later with him in the starring role. If for no other reason, it’s worth watching this movie to see what he does while on the air and under Bruce’s influence.
Anchorman: The role of Brick Tamland was once again a fairly small one, but Carell managed to steal some of the spotlight away from star Will Ferrell. To say his character was as thick as, well a brick, would be belittling the brick. You couldn’t wait to see what he was going to say next, and by the looks of things he’s even worse in this year’s sequel.
The 40 Year Old Virgin: Carell’s first major hit where he was the star came in the same year The Office started airing on TV. In this movie he plays the lovable Andy who is being helped to turn his romantic life around by his co-workers.
Date Night: Pairing Steve Carell with Tina Fey was a stroke of genius, and this flick about a couple’s adventure in the big city kept the laughs coming. It was one of the top comedies of 2010.
Crazy, Stupid, Love: Steve Carell’s character learns how to pick up women from Ryan Gosling’s character after his wife leaves him. This is perhaps Carell’s best role to date, and if you haven’t seen it you should rent it this weekend, and bring a date along.