Steve Carell Reveals Why Universal Almost Pulled The Plug On ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’

Entertainment Writer
01.13.16

When Steve Carell got his starring role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he had been making some marks on The Daily Show and SNL via the TV Funhouse sketches. With Virgin and The Office on NBC, Carell was ready for a big break. But it almost never happened. Carell stopped by Conan on Tuesday and talked a bit about how Universal wanted to pull the plug on the film with only a week of shooting completed.

It seems that the studio had been watching the footage and felt a little awkward about calling it a comedy:

“They said, ‘We’ve been watching footage’ — We’d only been shooting for five days! — ‘We’ve been watching footage and you look like a serial killer.’ “

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