September 2nd, 2010
11:56 AM ET
Everyone from "Eastbound & Down's" Danny McBride to Rainn Wilson to Portia de Rossi has been proposed as potential replacements for Steve Carell when he departs from “The Office,” but producer Paul Lieberstein has added an interesting choice to the fray: Harvey Keitel.
The 71-year-old actor appears to be Lieberstein’s pick to replace Carell. “He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now," Lieberstein told E! News.
It was Keitel’s recent turn on ABC’s “Life on Mars” as the commanding detective Lieutenant Gene Hunt that got Lieberstein seriously thinking about the Oscar nominee's potential for “The Office.”
"He's a real tough guy, but I saw him in ‘Life on Mars’ and I saw a lot more comedy in his work, just little slivers of it, little things he would do that made me think he's capable of a lot more than what [he's done],” Lieberstein noted.
But for all his enthusiasm, he’s still got to get through to Keitel's reps first.
“I haven't started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job—a very different energy," the exec producer told E!. "And we don't want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve."
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