'The US Office' has gone down as one of the greatest comedies that has hit our TV screens, mostly thanks to creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for bringing the once UK-based comedy stateside, and making it it's own separate entity and series. However, the series definitely would not have succeeded as much as it has, were it not for the (best) worst boss ever, Steve Carell's Michael Scott.
Michael Scott over-stepped boundaries with his co-workers in typical Michael Scott ways - from running over Meredith with his car, to kissing Oscar to show that he is okay with his gay colleague, to his absolute hatred towards HR man Toby - it's a TV series, it's not real. However, Carell believes that due to the various different movements that have occurred recently, 'The US Office' would not perform well if it were to be revived.
He told Esquire, “I think because of that [Netflix] there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behaviour.
Carell continued, "I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”
It's true - if 'The US Office' was to make a revival, and hit our screens not being as cringe-worthy as we remember it - there would be no point in making it. It's best to leave it alone.
Carell's new movie 'Welcome to Marwen' will arrive in January in Ireland, and you can watch the trailer for the movie here.