Steve Carell will be ditching his role as clueless branch manager Michael Scott on “The Office” soon, but not without a laugh-fest assisted by funnyman Will Ferrell. And the actors who play Scott’s Dunder Mifflin underlings are amped for the “Anchorman” star’s appearance.
Last week, producers announced that Ferrell would appear in four episodes of the NBC comedy as a fellow branch manager who is just as nutty as Scott. When MTV News caught up with Angela Kinsey, who plays tightly wound accountant Angela Martin, and Rainn Wilson, who portrays paper salesman/ beet farmer Dwight Schrute, on the SAG Awards red carpet Sunday night (January 30), the duo said they were looking forward to some Ferrell/Carell comedic mayhem.
“I am so excited about Will Ferrell,” Kinsey exclaimed. “What if I was like, ’Nah, boo.’ No, I’m totally excited. Him and Steve are friends in real life, and I think we’re just about to have a lot of fun. I can’t wait.”
Wilson said he needed to sharpen his comedic skills if he is going to spar onscreen with the “Megamind” star.
“I think I gotta take some improv classes or something like that. I gotta hone up. He’s a master, so I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” Wilson said.
As far as how Ferrell and Wilson’s characters would interact in Scranton, Wilson said the eccentric Dwight probably wouldn’t extend his hero worship of Michael Scott to his newly arrived counterpart.
“I think Dwight will probably butt heads and not like him at all, which will make it a lot of fun,” he said.
Executive producer Paul Lieberstein, who also appears on the show as Scott’s HR-rep rival Toby Flenderson, quipped that the show would provide a boost to Ferrell’s already high profile.
“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” he said. “We are proud to continue ’The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: Tremendous raw sexuality.”
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