Steve Carell on awkward job interviews, embarrassing school runs and his ideal London day

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Steve Carell on awkward job interviews, embarrassing school runs and his ideal London day
23rd October 2014

Steve Carell plays Alexander's dad in new film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

The Disney comedy tells of a day where everything which could go wrong does go wrong, and is based on a book just 28 pages long. Simon Thompson sat down with Steve Carell to chat about the film, embarassing parents and stumbling across Benjamin Franklin's house. 

Carell tells Simon why walking around London will always trump a car ride, saying: "My best day out in London would just be to walk, to start early in the morning and to walk because I think that's really the best way to learn about London.

You can sort of visit the city by car but I walked right by Benjamin Franklin's residence in London and it's where he lived and it's like a living history museum and I just stumbled across it, it's somewhere I would have never seen if I'd been in a car so it's neat."

He also tells Simon about his worst job interview ever: "I had to interview to be a waiter at a really fancy restaurant in Chicago. I was supposed to have studied the menu and the wine list and learn all the varietal characteristics and I clearly didn't take it that seriously and they quizzed me on it when I went in.

You can't really talk about a Pinot Noir because if you haven't studied it and know what a certain wine and certain region are you sound like an idiot trying to improvise and fake it like 'It's friendly and there's an oakey sense to it and a smokey undercurrent... and I'm getting feet and sand'."

Carell, a father in real life, talks about satorially embarrassing his children on the school run: "I don't wear my PJs but sweatpants yes, yeah, sweatpants, t'shirt... I don't embarrass my kids but I'm also not trying to impress anyone else at school. Yes, I wear a t-shirt. Sexy Steve? No. Nobody needs to see that."



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