Steve Carell Speaks on Dan in Real Life

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Steve Carell isn't always in an office.

In the upcoming comedy, Dan in Real Life, the hilarious actor stars as a widower who pens an advice column for a living. The catch, of course? This guy could use a bit of advice himself.

Below, Carell, discusses the film with MovieWeb...

Q: You seem to get the drama really well, as well as the comedy.
Steve Carell: Oh thanks. I guess I don't look at them differently, so that's part of it. I don't approach something as a comedy or as a drama. I don't think there's like a switch that you flip and you go into your dramatic face or you go into your comedic face. I think it's sort of all one. You just, you try to figure out what sort of tone the director's looking for, and try to listen to the other people there and get a sense of where you are and who you are.

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Q: Did you learn a lot of this from Second City TV?
Steve Carell: I think. Yeah. I mean I think one of the [main parts] of at least decent improvisation is to listen, first and foremost. And ... I find things funny that aren't self-aware. That don't know they're funny, and I think the same can hold true for drama. If you think you're in this tragedy and you play it for tragedy, there's a self-awareness there that I think takes you out of watching it and I believe it cuts both ways.

Q: Is this and Little Miss Sunshine important to get people out of the idea that it's just for the laugh really?
Steve Carell: Well, I don't look at it that way. I don't do anything to try to change people's perceptions of me. I tend to think that's sort of an ego driven thing. I don't want to, I don't plan my career based on what I want people to believe I'm capable of doing. So I just take things that I think might be good or might be fun to do or might ultimately entertain.

Read the full interview here.

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