Steve Carell Once Grew A 1970’s Porno-Stache To Look Nails

Everyone has embarrassing photographs from that time you spent a summer trying to cultivate a sliver of hair across your top lip, so you'd look the business for when you strutted back into the school playground.

These snaps are usually hidden away in a dusty cupboard at your parents' house, which only ever see the light of day when your mum wants to humiliate you in front of your friends, partner or prospective partner.

But no matter how bad you looked, you can rest safe in the knowledge that the picture will never leave those four walls - it's not ideal but it's also not the end of the world.

However, for celebrities it's a very different matter, with seemingly every single photograph they have ever been in, out in the public domain.

And no one is more adept at public humiliation than BBC favourite, Graham Norton, who regularly pulls celebrities apart in front of the nation - with this week's victim being comedy actor Steve Carell, who had a 'questionable' choice of facial hair.

Sat alongside Dame Judie Dench, Jamie Foxx, and Kristen Wiig, Carell looks on as a photograph of a 20-year-old self was projected and met with a howl of laughter from the audience. Check it out in the video above.

A bemused Carell then says: "What? It's fantastic. What? I see no problem with that."

Carell said he hoped the tache would make him look more 'threatening'. Credit: BBC/The Graham Norton Show
Carell said he hoped the tache would make him look more 'threatening'. Credit: BBC/The Graham Norton Show

Asked what he was thinking, Carrel jokingly tells Graham: "I wanted to look like Magnum PI."

Credit: Magnum PI
Credit: Magnum PI

In fact, the '40-Year-Old Virgin' actor was going for a much more menacing look.

He admits: "I actually grew a moustache in high school because I played lacrosse and I thought it would make me look more threatening, and it didn't really, it just made me look like a porn star."

Graham then points out that he actually looked more like the 'porn performer' and says 'that's not the porn star is it - he was in it but he wasn't the star, no'.

He then adds: "He was at he other side of the pool, away from the action."

In recent years, most of us have come to know Carell as the hapless Michael Scott, the regional manager of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branchf in the US version of The Office - long after his porno-tache days.

Earlier this month, the cast of the hit show got back together for a special episode of Saturday Night Live, with Carell launching into a monologue on the show, and then answering a bunch of questions from three of his former The Office co-stars - hidden in the crowd - about a possible reunion.

An 'audience member' watching the monologue asked: "My question is, will you ever reboot The Office?"

To which Carell replied: "I don't think so. It was a great experience. I love all those people, but I just don't think it's the best idea. I think maybe we should just leave it alone."

Give the people what they want.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Graham Norton Show

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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