Harvey Keitel wanted by ‘Office’ showrunner to fill Steve Carell’s shoes
HollywoodNews.com: Harvey Keitel has played a satirical take on himself in “Pulp Fiction” and flirted a bit with comedy in “Meet the Fockers,” but a sitcom leading man?
Turns out “The Office” showrunner Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby Flenderson on the show) wants Keitel to replace Steve Carell on the NBC hit show. Keitel was recently seen in ABC’s unplugged cop show “Life on Mars.”
“He’s probably the only guy who can do it, and he’s doing TV now. I haven’t started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job — a very different energy,” said Lieberstein.
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Adds the showrunner, “He’s a real tough guy, but I saw him in ‘Life on Mars’ and I saw a lot more comedy in his work, just little slivers of it, little things he would do that made me think he’s capable of a lot more than what [he’s done]. And we don’t want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve.
“He’s an old salesman who thought he could retire and the stock market went down, and he has to come out of retirement to work for a few years.”
Also in the mix to potentially replace Carell are comedy thesps Danny McBride and Rhys Darby.
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