Maybe that explains Carell’s desire to stretch beyond the confines of comedy in films like “Little Miss Sunshine, “Dan in Real Life” and the upcoming “Foxcatcher,” in which he plays real-life convicted killer John du Pont.
After getting his big break on Jon Stewart‘s “The Daily Show,” Carell hit comedy gold. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which he co-wrote and starred in, was so successful that it catapulted him into stardom and enabled him to command $12 to $15 million per picture. Add to that seven successful seasons on “The Office” and it’s understandable to see why Carell is highly regarded for his comedic chops, but there’s much more to the 49-year-old family man.
Carell admitted, “I’m not driven by notoriety or stardom in any way. I never had any aspiration to be a recognizable person.”
Regardless of Carell’s aspirations and whether he’s making us laugh or making us cry, his stardom won’t be dimming any time soon.