Steve Carell on 'Hope Springs,' Working With Streep, Jones

Former star of "The Office" on new movie starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones.
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Transcript for Steve Carell on 'Hope Springs,' Working With Streep, Jones
carell here. Reall loved him in "the office." He's back on the brig screen in a movie called "hope springs." He played a marriage therapist. By taking some time to yourselveses, you were able to better relate as a couple. You both did it without trying. It was nice, wasn't it? Do something on your own. I'm thrilled with the progress you have made. It will make it that much easier to proceed to the next step. Next step. We're doing so well we might be able to get out of here early. What is the next step? Sing a song, serenade. Sex. We should just get our things and go. But steve carell is right here, right now. Thanks for coming in. Thanks for having me. You play this therapist dead on straight. Very straight. When I read it, I didn't thing it was really a comedic character. Tommy lee and meryl. It's so weird so say. Watching them and watching you trying to help them, you laugh in spite of yourself. You're rooting for them to make it. It does feel real. It feels like this is a genuine relationship. S the got to feel unreal sitting in that office across in tommy lee jones and meryl streep. Very surreal. I thought, I have to say some incredibly intimate things to both of them and I was reading it I thought, how am I going to do this is this I'm clearly going to be uncomfortable. As a therapist, you cannot express any sort of discomfort. You have to be genuine and earnest and comfortable in your own skin. You play I had very, very straight. You don't judge this couple. It's because I'm such a fine actor. No question about it. Did you do any kind of research? I did. I talked to therapists pip modeled it after one guy that i had met two is very gentle but -- sort of -- um -- stealthily good at what he did. He wasn't a very showy therapist. He had amazing results. Based on something, very subdued. Did you learn anything about marriage from the movie? Um, no, I didn't. You don't need it. I don't need any help. I know what I'm doing. Yesterday was actually our 17th anniversary. Congratulations. Yeah, right? Come on. I say it in public to get applause. Let's find out if you don't need help. We're going the play therapy If you were going to be awarded a nobel peace prize on the condition you keep perfect paez paste in your own house, what are the chances you win? High, 50-50, zero? Zero? Zero? That's a joke. I'm exceptional at keeping the peace. I don't do it by pandering or manipulating, I keep the peace by loving. If you could trade brains with anyone for a day who would you choose? My wife, definitely. He's hitting hard every time. Is there she's incredibly funny and smart. And I would like to know what is going on in there. On rating scale thefrom 1 to 10, how hard are you to make laugh? 1 is easy. I think I'm pretty easy to make laugh. Good to know. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.essage

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