It’s 2016 now, and Steve Carell is one of the hottest actors out in Hollywood. You attach his name to a project and it’s probably going to be successful. And here recently, he’s shown he can do both comedy and drama, with the success of Foxcatcher and The Big Short.
But back in 2004/2005, life was a little different for the actor. He wasn’t a household name; however, he did have two big projects lined up that could potentially change his status in Hollywood forever. He had The Office and Judd Apatow‘s The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Both projects had the chance to be successful and he was the lead actor in both of them. 2005 was either going to be very good or very bad for Carell. Of course, we all know how the story ends. The 40-Year-Old Virgin killed it at the box office, and The Office went on for 9 seasons.
And you might have heard that the success of Carell’s performance in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in the summer of 2005 helped The Office land a much-needed second season, but did you know Universal almost pulled the plug on the movie after the first week of filming?
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Can you imagine life without The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin? I can’t.