Video:Steve Carell Interview - Get Smart Movie Premierewith Rebecca Murray
Steve Carell, undeniably one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, takes on the role of secret agent Maxwell Smart in the comedy movie 'Get Smart' directed by Peter Segal. On the red carpet, Carell talked about action scenes and his take on Maxwell Smart.See Transcript
Transcript:Steve Carell Interview - Get Smart Movie PremiereRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Get Smart.
Steve Carell ('Maxwell Smart')
You joke about being an action guy, but you actually took on a lot of action scenes in this. Was it much more difficult than you expected it to be?
Steve Carell: "It was fun. I mean, well, yeah, they rig you up so well and it's all so safety-driven you never feel like your life is in any sort of jeopardy. You're just a kid flying around on a wire having a good time. It's just fun."
Was it easier to make this one your own being that it's kind of a prequel in that it's the beginning of him being an agent?
Steve Carell: "Well they tried to make it an origin story so you get a chance to see where Maxwell Smart came from and how he goes from analyst to spy. But it was daunting, too, because the original is so engrained and so well-loved and respected. But I think in order to do a remake you have to have an intrinsic love of the source material. I think everybody here did."
That's really important. If they ask you to play the character again, are you signing up for another one?
Steve Carell: "If it goes well and people want to see another one, yeah, I'd love to do it again."
So more action scenes?
Steve Carell: "I think the second one would be even bigger than this one, but that's my assumption."
How is Anne Hathaway as Agent 99?
Steve Carell: "Fantastic. She's, you know, such a sweet person, funny, obviously very beautiful but a great actress. We hit it off immediately."
I know that you said you don't think of him as a bumbling guy, so what is your take on Maxwell Smart?
Steve Carell: "I think he's very eager. I think he's a bit counterintuitive. He's smart. I see him as sort of an every man who is thrust into this world of spies. And he can handle himself fairly well, up to a certain extent. But he's eccentric and a little bit different."