Steve Carell Talks Dinner for Schmucks and Anchorman 2
04.07.10 by Ryan
Date Night and Despicable Me are not the only movies Steve Carell will be featured in this year. The Office actor is also teaming up with his Anchorman co-star Paul Rudd in Dinner for Schmucks, which follows Rudd as a young executive who is asked to bring the stupidest person he knows (Carell) to a dinner hosted by his boss. Schmucks, directed by Meet the Fockers' Jay Roach, is a remake of the 1998 French movie The Dinner Game, though Carell admitted to ComingSoon that he has not seen the original.
It's kinda the same way I approached The Office. I chose not to watch the original just yet until we're done, then I'll see how wonderful it is and realize how short I fall. These characters are very specific. I just don't want to copy it in any way.
Rudd revealed he also had not seen the original, but did admire the trailer.
I remember when this movie came out about 10 years ago and I remember seeing the trailer and thought it was a great idea for a movie. I knew the movie was beloved, but it was one of those things where I never got around to seeing it. I said the same thing — I'm not going to watch. I'll watch it when it's done because I don't want to do what the other character does ... like speak French.
The two agreed is that the remake does have some differences, particularly in that the original movie took place in France, while Rudd points out that Schmucks "is all Los Angeles."
Carell and Rudd may eventually work together again in the long-rumored sequel Anchorman 2, which has gone from "moving forward" to "doubtful". Carell told MTV that he and the cast are all game for the sequel.
I spoke to Will [Ferell] about Anchorman 2 about two weeks ago. We would all want to do another one. We're all absolutely into it happening. [The first film] was fun. That was really fun to do. [But] they haven't written a script yet.... I don't think they've [even] decided on a story line yet.
That perhaps upgrades the sequel from "doubtful" to "unwritten." Once there is a script, it will likely be difficult to schedule the cast, so in the meantime, here's the recently released Dinner for Schmucks trailer below, with almost half of the Anchorman cast.