In a recent interview, Steve Carell, who portrayed bumbling — and often offensive — boss Michael Scott on “The Office,” said the purposefully over-the-top dialogue and situations might be too much to today’s sensibilities.
“A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded,” he said. That’s the point, you know?” he said. “But I just don’t know how that would fly now.”
Carell went on to cite “a very high awareness of offensive things today,” saying that while the trend is a good thing, it could doom the type of humor depicted in the show that made him a household name.
“When you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work,” he said.
As for the possibility of reviving “The Office,” Carell said it would not be a good idea and would likely not be approved anyway.
“The climate’s different,” he said. “I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss.”