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Ferrell will be playing a branch manager who comes from the home office and is just as inept at his job as Carell’s Michael Scott, Deadline reports. The two Anchorman costars will be reunited for three episodes, and Ferrell will remain for one episode beyond Carell’s finale.
If you're wondering how a TV show snagged such a big-name film star for a guest appearance, it was actually Ferrell's idea. The star of The Other Guys approached the producers, as a fan of the show and friend of Carell’s, and offered up his services. The role will bring the 43-year-old father of three back to NBC, where he launched his career on Saturday Night Live back in 1995.
"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star," said The Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein. "We are proud to continue The Office’s tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see, tremendous raw sexuality."
So far, Ferrell is only signed up for four episodes -- but who's to say the role couldn't morph into a permanent replacement for Michael Scott? While we were rooting for Pam to get promoted, we'd certainly settle for Ferrell as the boss, instead!
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