The US version of The Office – originally starring Steve Carell – might not go down well in today’s society, according to the actor himself.
Known for his roles in Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Foxcatcher, Carell’s most famous performance is arguably that of Michael Scott, the imbecilic boss of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in The Office.
Chatting to Esquire, Carell has given some serious thought to the idea of the show returning, but doesn’t think it’s the best idea.
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently,” he explained.
“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. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behaviour. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded.”
Feeling like the show’s very nature would struggle to find acceptance in 2018, Carell believes its style of humour would be thrown into question.
“I just don’t know how that would fly now. 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.”
Still, although this may prove disappointing to many fans wanting a revival, at least we now know what Pam said to Michael as he left the business during season 7.
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