Steve Carell has paid tribute to Good Will Hunting star Robin Williams, who died by suicide last August. The actor said Williams was a huge inspiration to him and left a huge gap in the heart of Hollywood’s acting community.
“I was a huge fan. I don’t know any other actor who had such diversity. He could do The Fisher King and Awakenings then go and do Flubber,” The Office star told Time Out London.
“I only met him once, but when he passed away I felt such a loss,” he said.
Carell has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Foxcatcher in which he plays overbearing and controlling wrestling coach John du Pont alongside Channing Tatum.
The actor has also been nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild award for the same role.
Yet Carell is adamant he didn't take the role to create a new reputation.
"I don't worry about how people see me. If you start taking roles based on that, it's not helpful and it won't point you in a creative direction," he said.
"I did it because I thought it would be great - that's all."
Steve doesn't think he was one of the first names to crop up on director Bennett Miller's list for the role - it was his agent who contacted the filmmaker with the suggestion.
Although many wouldn't relate Steve to such a serious role, the actor can see why he was eventually cast.
"It was in part a play on my public persona," he explained. "Like me, John du Pont was seen as a very benign person. People didn't expect him to do all that he did."