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Ed Helms Reveals Difficulties Of Starring Opposite Steve Carell In The Office

Ed Helms Reveals Difficulties Of Starring Opposite Steve Carell In The Office

Who doesn't love Steve Carell? He's a comic genius and an incredibly talented actor, plus he just seems like a really good guy who you could sit in a pub with for hours.

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He's just so damn funny. Can you imagine being the actor starring alongside him? He would have you cracking up every second of the day.

Well, that is exactly the situation Ed Helms was in when he starred as Andy Bernard with Carrel in the US version of the mockumentary sitcom The Office.

Helms recently revealed the difficulties of working opposite a comedic great like Carell in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show to promote his new film, Tag.

Credit: NBC/The Office
Credit: NBC/The Office

"[Steve Carell] just slays me," he said.

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"There's something in his eyes. There's a lot of times when I was doing a scene with Steven and I had to look at his chin, otherwise, I would just lose it."

According to Helms, who also plays Stuart Price in the Hangover films, there was one particular scene in the show's sixth season Christmas episode - titled 'Secret Santa' - that had him cracking up so much he just could not contain himself.

He said it took 30 takes for the scene to finally come together because he was laughing so much.

"There's an episode where he's playing Santa. Kevin is sitting in his lap, and he's so awful about it, because it's uncomfortable for him, and he's just being really rude and weird and mean about it.

"I had to duck behind a plant, you can see in the actual episode. And by the way, that was like take 30, because I had been laughing in every single take. He's a genius."

Credit: NBC/The Office
Credit: NBC/The Office

It was an emotional time when the American Office ended in 2013, even though later seasons definitely weren't as funny - mostly because of the departure of Steve Carell. The final episode, however, was watched by 5.69m people.

There was many suggestions for spin-offs to the series, especially in 2008, but the development team decided to make Parks and Recreation as a separate series instead.

In December, rumours were circulating that NBC were considering a reboot of the show that would start in the 2018/19 television season and bring together old and new cast members - unfortunately, however, excluding Carell.

Featured Image Credit: NBC/The Office

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

 

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