The Jakarta Post
A still from 'The Office.' (NBC/File)
Steve Carell has recently expressed his opinion that a reboot of the beloved comedy series The Office, would not work in today’s highly politically charged environment.
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there's been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back," said Carell as quoted by Esquire.
However, Carell added, “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.”
Rumors online have already been spreading for years that The Office would get a reboot, however, the show’s star has made it clear that he was not sure how the socially stunted regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, Michael Scott -- the character he played in the show -- would fare today.
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“I mean, the whole idea of that character, MIchael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior,” said Carell. “He’s certainly not a model boss.”
As described in Vanity Fair, one of the show’s notable concerns with political correctness is an episode featuring the company’s “Diversity Day” where Michael Scott accidentally unleashed a parade of racist behavior including gibberish that was meant to resemble “Indian” at employee Kelly Kapoor, a character played by Mindy Kaling -- she slaps him in return.
“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.”
As of last winter, it was reported that a reboot of The Office was in the works at NBC, but Carell said he would not have returned. (acr/kes)