‘The Office’: Steve Carell Says Michael Scott Wouldn’t Work in Today’s ‘Climate’

by Jeremy Spirogis

Though it’s been off the air for seven years now, The Office remains to be deeply adored by its ever-growing fan base. At the guts of the present, for a lot of seasons, was Michael Scott (famously portrayed by Steve Carell), the Regional Manager of the Scranton department of Dunder Mifflin Inc.

Michael Scott means properly. But he additionally doesn’t get “it.” He’s offensive on his finest days and has a definite incapability to narrate to most individuals. Even nonetheless, he’s one among–if not the–most beloved characters within the collection.

"Women's Appreciation," Angela Kinsey as Angela, Steve Carell as Michael Scott
‘The Office’; ‘Women’s Appreciation,’ Angela Kinsey as Angela, Steve Carell as Michael Scott | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

Steve Carell doesn’t suppose ‘The Office’ and Michael Scott would ‘fly’ today

In an interview Carell did with Esquire again in 2018 (and consider how the “climate” has progressed since that point), he stated he’s unsure The Office would learn as properly today because it did when it was on the air.

“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, much more folks have seen it not too long ago,” he stated. “And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago. The climate’s different.”

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Michale Scott, particularly, “was predicated on inappropriate behavior,” famous Carell.

“I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now,” he stated.

“There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work,” the actor continued.

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When Carell first labored with The Office group to create the character of Michael Scott, he tried to stroll the road of full social unawareness and likability. Ultimately, Carell concluded that, for Michael to be a sympathetic character, he needed to be sophisticated.

“I know people like that who really, through no fault of their own, can be off-putting, but at the same time, I know them to be good people. That’s what we were going for with Michael. I just thought, ‘He’s a pretty complicated guy—a lot of different facets to him,’” he stated.

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