Steve Carell has made you cringe before, but usually it’s in service of being awkwardly funny.
Not this time.
There’s a lot to laugh at in The Way, Way Back, about a teenage kid (Liam James, The Killing) on a long summer vacation with his mom (Toni Collette) and her combative, petty boyfriend, played by The Office actor. But Carell’s character is one of the few in this film who doesn’t aim for the funnybone. He hits only below the belt.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the making of The Way, Way Back, we get just a glimpse of the hostile sorta-stepdad who masquerades as a Good-Time Charlie. It gets worse from there.
“People might be expecting him to be entertaining on a certain level, but he brings so much more depth to his character,” Collette says in the video, supplied by Fox Searchlight, which bought the independently made film at the Sundance Film Festival in January for a near-record $10 million.
The video also showcases the more lighthearted turns by Allison Janney, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell channelling Bill Murray, and AnnaSophia Robb as the pretty girl who makes the awkward boy curl up like a roly-poly bug.
The Way, Way Back was written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who won Oscars for co-writing The Descendants.) It hits theaters on July 5.