‘The Office’: Why Steve Carell ‘Lied for Months’ to ‘Almost Everyone, Really’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Steve Carell as Michael Scott

When Steve Carell left The Office, the world really misplaced its biggest boss. He had an emotional, becoming send-off in “Goodbye, Michael.” And everybody thought that was it for Michael Scott. However, he made an look within the collection finale, displaying up simply in time for Dwight’s wedding ceremony. To pull off the shock, Carell needed to deceive everybody for months.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Steve Carell as Michael Scott | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

How Steve Carell and ‘The Office’ writers and actors pulled off Michael Scott’s shock look within the finale

“I lied,” Carell advised TVLine in 2013. “I lied for months to the press, to almost everyone, really. And I felt terribly for the cast and for [executive producer] Greg Daniels, because they all lied, too.”

Carell knew “several months” earlier than filming the finale that he was going to be concerned. He and The Office group determined to maintain the data underneath wraps “because we just figured it would be a fun surprise if people weren’t expecting it.”

Leading as much as the finale, The Office group gave plenty of interviews and have been requested a few potential Carell look. Daniels all the time selected his phrases rigorously.

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“I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved,” he stated.

Because everybody saved Carell’s involvement a secret, it was all of the extra emotional and satisfying when he confirmed up.

Steve Carell didn’t need Michael to detract from the opposite plotlines in ‘The Office’ finale

Though Office followers have been thrilled when Michael shocked Dwight at his wedding ceremony, Carell didn’t need the half to detract from what else was occurring with the finale. He needed to maintain it temporary. And he additionally didn’t need the press to concentrate on his look main as much as the episode.

“I didn’t want it to be a big thing. I did it out of respect for the show and for the actors,” he stated. “My only hope with it was I didn’t want it to be about Michael coming back. I didn’t want the story to be about him in any way. I wanted it to be more of a tip of the hat to the show.”

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When Carell left The Office after “Goodbye, Michael,” Daniels gave an interview that echoed the identical sentiment. He stated the actor by no means needed to detract from the ensemble, even in his departure.

“He’s very modest,” Daniels advised Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He really wants the show to continue after he’s gone. Part of it is because he’s very fond of everybody who works there. And one of the reasons I think we can go on is that he really made it an ensemble. He always encouraged the other members of the cast to have more lines and be in scenes. He was very generous as a performer. Whenever we were on stage for anything, he always stood in the back.”

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