Steve Carell's turn towards drama in recent years might seem unexpected but "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" makes a good case for his ability to deftly balance sentimental and slapstick.
The movie was released in 2005 and is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Yahoo Entertainment talked to its director, Judd Apatow, about casting Carell in his first leading role as the titular virgin, Andy.
"Steve was doing something that was so strange and so special when he was doing the weatherman Brick Tamland," he said of Carell's character in "Anchorman," which Apatow produced. That inspired the two to team up for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
"We decided to make it funny, but make it emotionally very credible," Apatow said. "This is what someone might feel like if they were in that position."
Apatow also reminisced about the wildly profane chest waxing scene, which was 100% real and achieved in one take. "It was [Carell's] idea to do it, so I blame him and he said he had never done it before, but after we shot it, I thought, 'I think he's done it before.'"