Steve Carrell didn't plan career

August 24th, 2010

Steve Carrell never thought he would be a leading man.

The 'Dinner for Schmucks' actor - who is best known for his role in the US version of British comedy series 'The Office' - admits he only ever hoped he would be employed and had no desire to take leading roles in Hollywood movies.

He said: "I dreamt of being employed. I set the bar there for myself. I dreamt of being able to make a living doing something that I love. And that really does make me happy and is fun. Being a leading man. that's like saying I want to be astronaut. That's not going to happen."

The 48-year-old star also admits he has trouble talking about his movies as he feels deconstructing comedy can be "pretentious".

He told the Guardian newspaper: "I always feel so pretentious talking about comedy and deconstructing it. It always feels somehow self-centered to talk about any sort of process. A lot of it is just trying stuff and having the freedom to attempt something and fail."

'Dinner For Schmucks' - which also stars Paul Rudd, David Walliams and Jemaine Clement - is released worldwide throughout August and September.

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