Steve Carell to Play Schizophrenic Killer in Foxcatcher

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Steve Carell got really upset when Michael Scott burned his foot in a George Foreman grill on an episode of The Office.

But that's nothing compared to how dark the actor is planning to go for his next role.

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Carell will play the lead in Foxcatcher, which tells the story of millionaire Jon du Pont, the man who murdered Olympic wrestler Dave Shulz and someone believed to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. The drama will be directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball).

The role, of course, is quite the departure from the lighter fare on Carell's resume. He was mostly recently seen opposite Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Ryan Gosling and we encourage readers to visit our Crazy, Stupid Love quotes section to be reminded of that great movie.

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Steve Carell was born in Acton, Massachusettes and originally wanted to be a radio broadcaster.  However, Carell soon switched to acting and joined the Chicago troupe The Second City in 1991, where Stephen Colbert was his understudy.

In 1996 he joined the cast of the ill-fated The Dana Carvey Show and then in 1997 lent his voice to the popular SNL animated skit The Ambigulously Gay Duo alongside Stephen Colbert.  However, it was his role as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2004 that would lead him to mainstream success.

While on the Daily Show, Carrel began his film career with roles in Evan Almighty and eventually writing and starring in The 40 Year Old Virgin.

With his new found success, Carrel got the lead in NBC's remake of the British television show, The Office.

Since then Carrel has become a regular Hollywood A-lister and is even considered a member of Hollywood's Frat Pack.

In his personal life, Carell is married to Nancy Walls and they have two children together, Elisabeth Anne and John.

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