Steve Carrell's portrayal of Brick Tamland in 'Anchorman' is easily one of his most recognisable roles.
Keep in mind, this is the guy who played Michal Scott in 'The US Office', was in 'Bruce Almighty' and has done dramatic roles like 'Foxcatcher' and the upcoming 'Welcome To Marwen'. Still, out of all these roles, Brick Tamland from 'Anchorman' is the one he's most frequently associated with.
Brick's famous about loving carpet and lights, however, wasn't something that was put together from hours of furious writing, however. As Carrell told a recent public Q&A in New York, the whole thing came together on the spot as director Adam McKay told him to fling out a few lines on the hop.
"Adam was like, ‘We should have more lines for you, but we don’t have any on the page.’ He literally said ‘Just say something,’ and hence came ‘I ate a big red candle’ (and) ‘I love lamp,'" Carrell explained. "The ‘I love lamp’ thing was just me at the end of a scene staring at a lamp and I said ‘I love lamp’ and (Ferrell) picked up on it and said, ‘You’re just saying things you’re looking at.'"
That scene, as we all know, made into the final movie and became the line we all know and love to this day. But did Carrell really love the lamp or was he just saying because he saw it?
We need to know. More than anything in the world, Ron.