How much fun did Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway have while making Get Smart, their update of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry’s classic television spy spoof? Plenty, judging by all the good humor sported by cast and crew at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on June 16. Outside the Hammer Museum in the city’s Westwood neighborhood, Carell, Hathaway, and others talked to us about sweating on the red carpet, kissing with moisturizer, and the perfect title for a sequel.
ON MOVIE PREMIERES
Steve Carell (Maxwell Smart): ”I am not a huge fan of the suit in the summertime, I have to admit. Believe me, had I been able to pull off a polo, shorts, and some flip-flops at this bad boy, I would have. But there is a code somewhere, I swear, that forces anyone in a film to wear a suit to the premiere…. Dan in Real Life was a fall film and that premiere was much more comfortable. Maybe I should only take serious parts. I will tell my agent all I want to do now is play drug addicts and serial killers and grieving husbands. I don’t think there would be much call for my skills in that arena: There aren’t many films where addicts have to get waxed or show their butts or bust out a well-delivered ‘That’s what she said.’ So I think I am stuck with the suits and the sweating.”
Anne Hathaway (Agent 99): ”Oh my God, that is [Carell’s costar on The Office] Jenna Fischer [standing] right behind me. [Starts breathing hard and puts her hands to her face] I love her. She is hilarious. I am not kidding when I say, ‘I could pass out right now.’ I would love to work with her someday.”
ON GETTING ”THE CALL”
Carell: ”I was so surprised when I was just given this part. I went into the room expecting to have to audition for the role. I took a headshot, even. And when they said I was who they had in mind for Max, my head exploded. I had never just been offered a part without auditioning. It was a very, very big deal to me. I didn’t take it lightly. Moments like that you have to memorize in your mind because you never know if they will happen again.”
Hathaway: ”The Office and 30 Rock are my favorite shows, so I was such a weird fangirl when I first met Steve…. And now I need to get in a Tina Fey project. If she ever needs me to cameo on 30 Rock I would be in, in a hot second.”
NEXT PAGE: ”I think a second one would be bigger and better than the first. That’s how action comedy sequels work, right? That’s my assumption. More action, more bad guys, more jokes, more me making a fool out of myself.”