In the extras below, the actor talks about his latest role in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and reveals the farewell gift he got from the cast of The Office.
On his wife, Nancy Carell, playing his wife in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
“She gets to leave me right at the beginning! They used the take where her shoe came off in the car, and she bolted across that field with one shoe on. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her run that fast. We shot the scene on our 17th anniversary. [The director] got us a cake and the crew sang ‘Happy Anniversary’ to us. It was very sweet, a very special night.”
On what he wouldn't miss if the world ended.
“I would put the dentist up there. I wouldn’t miss a lot of reality shows. And I wouldn’t miss the pervasive cynicism that seems to be out there, especially in the media and in comedy too—comedy can get very cynical and snide and self-satisfied.”
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On saying goodbye to The Office.
“My last day, they gave me a send-off that was overwhelming. So much so for the next couple of weeks I couldn’t even look at all of the things I’d been given. The photographs and the videos and the letters. . . The cast made me a scrapbook, and each of them had a page in it related to me and to our relationship. The first couple of days, I tried to crack open some of that stuff and I just could not get through it. It was overwhelmingly emotional. It was just a great time in my life, an excellent group of people.”
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On being in a movie with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs, due August 10).
“I love it when other people say that I’m in that, because if I do, I feel like I’m name-dropping. [laughs] It was incredibly intimidating to [act] opposite them, but it was great. Before I got married, someone told me, ‘Just stop every now and then and memorize the moment, because the day will fly by and just be a blur.’ That was great advice, and I did the same with [the film]. I tried to stop every now and then and memorize the moment of being with the two of them. Otherwise, you wake up six months later and say, ‘When was I even in the room with Meryl Streep?’”