It’s not a stretch really. Many great comedic actors have successfully transitioned to the darker side – Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey. Hell, even Tom Hanks was considered a comedic actor for well over a decade of his career. So why not Steve Carell? It’s not as if he hasn’t already dabbled in the dramatic with Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life.
If Mr. Carell gets his way, we are going to see just that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carell is attached to star in Dogs of Babel, an adaptation of the popular Carolyn Parkhurst novel of the same name. In the rather depressing book, the story follows a linguistics professor who comes home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. While the police rule that it was an accidental fall that killed her, the husband thinks begins an obsessive investigation of his own and becomes determined to find the answers to what really happened from the only witness to her death: their dog.
It sounds absurd, but as someone who read the book, it actually plays out rather well – and while it is has darkly humorous moments, the entire book is rather depressing in its examination of a man obsessed with finding closure, weaving back and forth between his quest to teach his dog to communicate and the early years of he and his wife’s relationship.
So what do you think? Does Carell have what it takes to make the transition? And is this a good start to his post-Office career?