Steve Carell Didn't Think He Would Get Smart

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In an audio interview with, Steve Carell said that before he earned the the role of Maxwell Smart, both Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell were considered for the starring turn in Get Smart.

The Office star recalled going to Warner Brothers for a reading about three years ago:

"It was the most surreal moment, because I went in thinking I was just going to audition for a role. I didn't expect them to offer me the part of Maxwell Smart."

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Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway star in Get Smart, bumbling its way into theaters on June 20, 2008.

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Get Smart Quotes

Shtarker: Too bad about all the dead movie stars.
Siegfried: Yes. What will we do without their razor-sharp political advice.

Siegfried: How do I know you're not from CONTROL?
Maxwell Smart: If I were from CONTROL, you'd already be dead.
Siegfried: If you were from CONTROL, YOU'D already be dead.
Maxwell Smart: Neither of us is dead, so I'm obviously not from CONTROL.
[long pause]
Shtarker: That actually makes sense.