Steve Carell: 'Michael Scott' Wouldn't Fly in Today's Climate

In Esquire interview, actor says a reboot of the 'The Office' isn't a good idea
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2018 7:19 AM CDT
This undated image released by NBC shows Steve Carell as Michael Scott in a scene from "The Office."   (AP Photo/NBC, Byron Cohen)

(Newser) – Rumors are buzzing that NBC wants to reboot The Office, but the show's big star doesn't think it's such a great idea. In an interview with Esquire, Steve Carell notes that the original show is enjoying a resurgence of sorts thanks to its presence on Netflix, which is in turn fueling interest in a reboot. "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 10 years ago," says Carell. "The climate's different."

His own Michael Scott character, for example, was forever saying or doing inappropriate things—in fact, the entire character was based on that premise. "But I just don’t know how that would fly now," says Carell. "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." Click to read the full interview. Or read about what it was like to make one of the show's most memorable episodes.

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