Five funniest characters from the fella who turns 54 today
1. Andy – The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
This was the sweet and raunchy role that really gave Steve Carrell his breakout performance. The moment where he gets his chest waxed is one of the most eye-watering scenes in filmic history.
2. Brick Tamland – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Before The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Carrell was best known as a correspondent for The Daily Show. But his hilarious supporting role as Brick Tamland, the weatherman who never met an irrelevant bit of trivia he couldn’t spout in conversation or during a broadcast gave him a cult following.
3. Michael Scott – The Office (2005-2011)
They said it couldn’t be done: recreating Ricky Gervais’s signature role as feckless David Brent in UK hit The Office for the US market. And yet, at the exact moment his movie career was taking off, Carrell pulled it off, delivering a take on the character that felt familiar but also very much his own creation.
4. Gru – Despicable Me franchise (2010-2016)
This multibillion dollar hit series gets a lot of box office and critical love thanks to the presence of the plucky Minions. Hell, they even got their own movie. But it overlooks the very funny vocal contribution Carrell makes as Gru, their not-as-evil-as-he’d-like-to-think-he-is master.
5. Creator – Angie Tribeca (2014-16)
You won’t see him on screen, but this insanely funny police procedural parody was co-created by Steve Carrell with his wife Nancy. It stars the awesomely gorgeous Rashida Jones as the titular cop and features the sort of rapid-fire comedy you used to get from the Flying High movies. It’s on Stan. Check it out.