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

Maxwell Smart: [after he gets recruited as a new agent] I request a cone of silence.
Maxwell Smart: [he doesn't press the button hard enough so everyone can hear him] Oh, I'm so happy! I'm so happy! This is the best day of my life!
Lloyd: Dude, you didn't press the button hard enough...
Maxwell Smart: Right.

Mother of pearl!

Maxwell Smart