Steve Carell recently poked fun at his plunge into dramatic acting in the new Saturday Night Live promo video and addressed concerns that some of his comedy fans might worry they’ve forever lost the Office star to the dramatic arts.
In the promo, SNL’s Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd ask Carell if he’s still capable of comedy. “You’re kind of, like, a serious actor now,” Bryant tells Carell. “Are you ready to do comedy again? Because this is a comedy show.”
Carell responds that a serious actor can prepare for any role. Cue to a montage of Carell engaging in serious actor activities: reading books, talking to a mirror, practicing and pacing, and expressing his frustration by tearing pages from a notebook. Finally, at the end of his training, he is ready to hear about the character he will be playing on SNL. The name of the role? Dr. Farts (of course).
All that training definitely paid off.
Of course, there’s no reason to fret. Carell is no stranger to hosting SNL and has previously hosted the show twice: once in October 2005 and again in May 2008. However, in the last decade since he’s hosted, the 40-Year-Old Virgin star has been nominated for a slew of awards for dramatic turns in Battle of the Sexes, The Big Short, and Foxcatcher, the last of which earned him an Oscar nod.
The 56-year-old Carell is hot off a press tour for his new film Beautiful Boy, co-starring fellow Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet. The film is based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son authors David and Nic Sheff and deals with Nic’s struggles with drug addiction.
Carell hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ella Mai on Nov. 17.