When â€œThe 40-Year-Old Virginâ€ came out, I saw it–twice. The writing and Steve Carellâ€™s acting/timing, I thought, were far more sophisticated than any I had seen in mainstream film in a long time. I mean, the egg salad monologue, the â€œher breast felt like a bag of sand,â€ to playing the tuba in the living room after a humiliating night of poker, I just loved, loved, loved this movie. The other thing where Paul Ruddâ€™s secret love was a rather dark-skinned Indian American girl instead of typical Barbie fare, was up my ally. I mean, I became so obsessed with this film, replaying the scenes in my mind over and over again, that I started to have a crush on Steve Carell. (My 83-year-old former junior high school teacher still doesnâ€™t understand why I like the film and sheâ€™s after me to defend it. And to her defense, it exhibits a junior high school boy/boob sense of humor, which might disguise the skill level of the picture to those of us alive during World War II. Iâ€™m just saying.)
So it is with great disappointment that Iâ€™ve watched Steve Carellâ€™s career choices. “The Office”â€”okay. I guess, I mean youâ€™re recycling a Brit show that wasnâ€™t even your idea but okay, but the buck stops at “Evan Almighty,” people. I recently saw it in July in Kentucky on an in-law trip. My only excuse is that it was shown at a drive-in along with “Transformers” (more than meets the eye), and I had gone for the latter flick and the experience of being attacked by mosquitoes by watching Christian/military friendly fare outdoors. Ha ha ha. I guess he did a fine job in “Evan Almighty.” My question is why??? Are you that hard up for cash, Steve? Are you?
FYI, he got $500,000 for “Virgin” and $5 million for “Evan Almighty” according to imdb.com (which I was look up at work for entertainment. I will enjoy till IT cuts off access). Cowabugna!