Steve Carell departs from his usual nerdy, goofy persona in his newest role as Gru in the animated film Despicable Me, set to be released this Friday, July 9. Â While he's best known for his character on The Office, Michael Scott, Carell took the opportunity to play a villain-turned-father, much like the role (well, at least the father part) that he plays off-screen with his two children, Annie, 9, and Johnny, 6, with wife Nancy Carell.
When asked about the film, Carell told BabyCenter, "Itâ€™s the quintessential becoming a parent. That to me is really the story. Itâ€™s someone who has their life structured the way they want it to be â€“ or they think they want it to be â€“ and then you introduce kids and everything changes. You canâ€™t explain to someone whoâ€™s about to have kids how itâ€™s going to change. You just canâ€™t. It changes everything about how you feel about yourself and your work and your life, and how you view the world around you. Itâ€™s so overwhelming and to watch a super villain go through it was sort of funny.â€
What a great way to explain parenthood. Â I see so many people with their set routine have their world turned upside down when a child enters the picture, myself included. Â From the sound of things, this is a film that will appeal to children and parents alike. Â I know I'm eager to see the film!
Despicable Me is rated G, and co-stars Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Julie Andrews (Sound of Music), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) and Will Arnett (Arrested Development). Â For locations and showtimes, click here.