Steve Carell Was the Best Part of ‘The Office,’ According to the Cast and Crew

by Jeremy Spirogis
Steve Carell as Michael Scott

Steve Carell’s Michael Scott is undoubtedly among the best elements of The Office for followers. But behind the scenes, Carell was an all-around nice man, too. The forged and crew of The Office shared a few of their favourite Carell reminiscences on Brian Baumgartner’s podcast, An Oral History of The Office

Steve Carell as Michael Scott
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Steve Carell’s final day on the set of ‘The Office’ was an emotional one

Baumgartner recalled Carell’s final day on set fondly. After capturing the ultimate scene — Jim (John Krasinski) and Michael’s goodbye, there was a forged and crew occasion. 

“We all, en masse, walked over to the warehouse set and had a big party,” Baumgartner mentioned. “We retired Steve’s number — number one on the call sheet. For the rest of the show, no other actor would be number one on the call sheet.” 

The forged gifted Carell with a hockey jersey that had the primary on the again of it. Oscar Nunez remembered crying once they gave Carell his present. “I had to excuse myself,” Nunez mentioned. Carell was going to be missed.

Greg Daniels had everybody inform their ‘best Steve story’ on Steve Carell’s final day 

During Carell’s farewell occasion, producer Greg Daniels wished to commemorate Carell’s time on the present. So, he requested that everybody share their favourite “Steve moment.” 

From funniest takes to behind-the-scenes moments some individuals had by no means heard earlier than, everybody revealed a particular second they shared with Carell. 

Key hairstylist Debbie Pierce recalled how sort Carell was to her, no matter his fame. “Nobody really knew, but I was going through a situation with my hip,” Pierce shared, persevering with:

I used to be in quite a lot of ache and getting up and down on the van was very onerous for me. Kim and all of the gang, they type of knew, so they might let me sit within the entrance after we would go on location.

This at some point, we have been all gathering into the van, Steve and another actors, and I went to proceed to go within the again and he goes: ‘Debbie, where are you going?’ I mentioned, ‘I’m letting you sit right here.’ He mentioned, ‘You go and take that seat.’

I simply thought that was such a sort factor as a result of he’s star of the present and he all the time did that. He would stand there at that van, he would maintain the door, and assist us in.

Regardless of how standard The Office received, Carell by no means let his fame cloud his judgment or perspective towards others. 

Steve Carell’s kindness by no means went unnoticed on the set of ‘The Office’ 

Daniels additionally recalled a number of occasions the place Carell went out of his approach to assist the forged and crew. Whether it was carrying crates of hair and make-up provides or giving somebody fun, Carell was a pleasure to have on set. 

“He did [nice things] so quietly and so subtly that nobody even knew it,” Daniels mentioned. “[Debbie’s story is] just one example of [the stories] people talked about [on Steve’s last day].” 

When fascinated about what “went right” with The Office, Daniels mentioned: “What went right was Steve Carell.” 

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When The Office started, Carell was identical to his co-stars — on the rise. But at the same time as he gained fame and notoriety, Carell by no means let that outline him, particularly on the set of the present.

“All of the pretention [and] self-importance that goes along with people who are known, he had none of it,” Baumgartner mentioned. 

“Steve Carell got really famous when he was 40-years-old,” Daniels added. “That means that he has had to work for what he’s gotten, so fame bounces off of him.” 

Carell’s optimistic and humble perspective was mirrored on and off the display screen. His co-stars, crew, and even followers are grateful to have gotten to know him. 

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