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Harvey Keitel To Join Dunder Mifflin On The Office Replacing Steve Carell

Posted by on September 2, 2010 at 5:21 PM EST

harvey keitel Harvey Keitel, may be running The Office in the very near future, possible replacement for Steve Carell.

Talks of Harvey Keitel have recently surfaced.  When Steve Carell announced that he was going to leave the hit show The Office at the end of this season, it sent the producers scrambling for a replacement for his beloved character, Michael Scott.  Many different names have been thrown around including Rickey Gervais (who created the original The Office in the UK), Danny McBride and Rhys Darby.  The producers also thought about bringing in a woman to take the spot when Portia de Rossi’s named was mentioned as a possible replacement.

Now producers seem to have taken 180-degree turn on their original idea as they mention Harvey Keitel as one of their leading candidates for the job. Keitel is best know for his work in heavy dramas like Mean Streets, The Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs and The Piano. However, Keitel has also given some darkly comic and blisteringly funny performances. He has hosted Saturday Night Live. His turn as The Wolf in Pulp Fiction was subdued black comedy at its best and his recent stint on the short lived TV show Life On Mars gave him a chance to show his lighter side.

The Office producer Paul Lieberstein recently told E Online that he feels Harvey Keitel is, “Probably the only guy that can do it.” He says the key is finding someone that is the complete opposite of Steve Carell. “Having someone play a very similar character would be a mistake.”

While no official talks have begun with Keitel or his representatives it looks like he is currently leading the pack of potential replacement candidates. Replacing a major character on a TV show is always a very difficult task that can often make or break the future of the show. If Harvey Keitel ends up getting the part it would be a big risk, but it could also generate major buzz and even bigger rewards. It might be just the kind of energy that The Office needs to drive it into the future.



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