Many people are craving an “Office” revival but Steve Carell is not among them.
Carell, who played boss Michael Scott for seven seasons, mulled on the idea of returning to the beloved sitcom in a new interview with Time.
“I’ve never thought of it as a good idea,” he said. “I think it existed in that time and with those people and it felt right. There was something so special about it and I guess it’s an odd way to put it but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It’s too special to me in my heart in that period of time.”
Reflecting on his time on the show, Carell knew almost immediately they had something special on their hands.
“I remember it was the first week we were shooting the pilot, and Jenna [Fischer] and John [Krasinski] and Rainn [Wilson] and I went out to lunch…just the four of us,” he said. “We were sitting in this little diner in Culver City, and I remember saying, ‘Guys, if this works, this could be the most special thing that any of us are ever involved with.’”
Funnily enough, Carell is not all that aware of the massive cult following “The Office” has gained over the years. Among those dedicated fans is Carell’s “Beautiful Boy” co-star Timothee Chalamet.
“I wouldn’t even say superfan. I can’t be considered a superfan because my fandom is equivalent to everybody else’s super fandom,” Chalamet chimed in. “Superfans are the ones that have figured out that Toby is the Scranton murderer.”
It is not just fans that want to see “The Office” make a comeback. “A Quiet Place” and “Jack Ryan” star Krasinski expressed interest in a revival. “I need the incredible writers of that show to tell me what he’s doing because I’m kind of worried about [Jim Halpert],” Krasinski said back in July.
“Beautiful Boy” had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and hits theatres Oct. 12.