Steve Carell Calls James Spader’s ‘Office’ Casting ‘Excellent’
First Published: July 18, 2011 9:00 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Steve Carell may have left “The Office,” but he has a few things to say about the replacement for Michael Scott – James Spader’s Robert California.
“I think it’s an excellent choice,” Carell told Access Hollywood on Monday of the new addition to the Dunder Mifflin group. “I think it’s great and he will infuse all this new energy into the show.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, earlier this month, NBC confirmed Spader was joining the show, first taking over as branch manager, before quickly moving up to the parent company – Sabre – and becoming their CEO.
Carell, who was promoting his upcoming film “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” during the interview, said his former “Office” mates were also pleased with Spader joining the crew.
“In talking to the cast, everyone’s very excited and I know it’ll be a good season,” he said.
As for his latest big screen project, Carell plays Cal, a dad whose wife cheats on him and asks for a divorce.
“I’m very dramatic in it. There’s a lot of pathos,” Steve laughed of his dramatic, and funny, turn.
“What I liked about the movie – it’s very human,” he added.
There are plenty of comedic moments in the film, including one that finds his head in the vicinity of Ryan Gosling’s nether regions.
“We laughed a lot through that scene. It was pretty ridiculous,” Carell said.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” hits theaters on July 29.
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