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Steve Carell Talks "Get Smart"

Posted: July 20th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Steve Carell spoke to Sci-Fi Wire about his role as Agend Maxwell Smart in the upcoming feature adaptation of the 1960's television series "Get Smart." Carell revealed that the film will show how Max became an agent for the secret government agence known as CONTROL.

"The version that we're doing is more of an origin story, in terms of where this character of Maxwell Smart came from, how he came to be a field operative," said Carell. "And so we just thought that would be an interesting way into the story, as opposed to just picking him up on his journey."

In the film, certain circumstances lead to a diminished number of agents in the organization and a promotion for Max, who is merely an analyst working behind a desk when he is first introduced.

"Essentially he's a tech nerd," Carell continued. "He listens to chatter, and he can assimilate information, and he's very good at that. And he gets great reconnaissance done from the office. But his goal and dream has always been to become an agent. But he's never stepped up. But some things transpire that enable him to step into that position. He finally gets his chance, at sort of an advanced age."

Carell said that his take on the character will be slightly different from that of Don Adams, the original Maxwell Smart. "I don't want the Maxwell Smart character to be perceived as sort of a bumbling idiot," he explained. "He's proficient, and he can take care of himself. And he sort of gets the job done counter-intuitively, but he gets the job done."

One thing that fans of the old series will recognize is the shoe phone that Max uses to communicate with CONTROL. Although the technology may seem outdated today, Carell said that the writers have come up with a plausible explanation for its presence in the film. "They were able to incorporate it seamlessly in terms of why this guy would use one."

Click here to read more about "Get Smart."

Source: SCI-FI Wire


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