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."
Do you think Keitel could do it?
No, I like Harvey but I want Rhys Darby from "Flight of the Conchords" to replace Mr. Carrell – and let him keep the name Murray Hewitt as well! And when is Ricky Gervais going to do a guest appearance on the american The Office?
Harvey would be incredible. Please cast him! As a 2nd choice, how about Eddie Izzard?
Bring some old school funny...Danny Devito, Vickie Lawrence, Norm MacDonald, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Rip Taylor, Gene Wilder, Steve Martin...Each have excellent timing, wit, and comedic charm...
Love Keitel, but I don't know about this. How about Christopher Walken?
The office is a great show!! I really think they should promote Craig Robinson! And for those who think it is a bore, sucks, & unintelligent people watch it, I wonder about your sad outlook on life.
Oh, funny is exactly what comes to mind when I think of Harvey Keitel (sarcasm). If the Office thinks its going to extend the show 4 seasons by finding a good guy, they are dumb. They should be figuring out how to end the show with dignity, not add characters.
A perfect choice....
What about someone like Steve Martin? He can take on any role. From being serious to comedic. This could work ! THE OFFICE IS EPIC ! ! !
Where is Bill Lumbergh when you need him?
Oh, and bring back 'My Name is Earl'. It was much funnier than The Office will ever be...
Harvey Keitel will be perfect!! He would be an excellent manager.....the writers could write in some "secret, dark" past which comes out occasionally in a funny way. Harvey is a funny actor; in some ways just as much as Steve C. I think the writers need to come up with a smart way to have Dunder Mifflin come into the technology / business energy of 2011, however. If Mr. Keitel doesn't take Michael's spot.....I think they should bring back David Wallace. Or, bring in the guy who played the doctor in "Knocked Up", he was also in "The Hangover" as a gangster and currently is the Spanish teacher on "Community". He is hysterical!!!! And a talented comedian.
Unless they turn The Office into a crime series or some twisted romantic thriller (with crime) then I say no to Harvey Keitel.
Cancel the show. There is no "Office" without Michael Scott! My idea for a slam-bang finale (that's what she said!) is to have Michael get fired, run off with Holly, and have Toby Flenderson replace him as District Manager. Oh, the irony!!! What a great way to end the show.
You cannot replace Steve Carel. It's impossible. It will be like when they tried to replace "Darren" in "Bewitched". Everyone will know the difference and the show will never be the same. Cancel it – don't ruin it!
agreed. i think this show has run its course. Since last season it has become the Jim & Pam show. When Carrell quits, cancel it. Dont worry, life will go on. I say go out on a high note like Seinfeld.
Yeah Harvey could "Wack" some office workers giving it a whole new direction!
I know it's a long shot and just wishful thinking but you do you know who's deceptively funny and intimidating all in one swoop... Rober de Niro!!! How cool would that be if he joined the growing list of A-list Hollywood stars going to hit TV shows?!?
Murray from Flight of the Conchords...Perfect!
I agree. just cancel the show when steve leaves. leave a spot for a more entertaining program.
Please, just last year Dwight set fire to the office in a failed fire drill attempt causing Stanley to have a heart attack. One of the funniest moments on the show! It's still funny! Ricky Gervais is the only suitable replacement.
I don't watch the office because I am not gay. Thanks!
Jack Bauer and he brings Chloe
Send in "The Wolf". Awesome. I think he'd be great but I also the the show ends when Steve leaves no matter who takes over.
why don't they just promote darryl, and make craig robinson the office head honcho. now that's comedy!
the office was and still the funniest show on tv but please get danny its hes type of comedy anyway
"You called the Wolf!? Sheeeeeit, thas all you had to say neegro!" Samuel L. Jackson
Is it time to jump the shark?
The Bad Lieutenant is going to do comedy...now that is funny. :D
Harvey Keitel would be an interesting twist! Someone in another msg board suggested Shatner, and right now he is my favorite for a replacement. The show is still funny, but not as funny as it once was. They have turned Jim and Pam into total boors lately.
Winston Wolfe in "Pulp Fiction". Enough said
They're calling in Mr. Wolf?!?!?
The show is funny & HAS been since its inception. I am a long-time fan of the show & if the people complaining about the show had bothered to watch the last couple seasons, they'd realize the show is still very entertaining. It ranks very high with the coveted 18-49 demographic, so that's why its been around so long. I hope its on forever! And for the record, I do NOT want Harvey Keitel on the show. Love him to death, but totally unsuitable.
The person they choose has to improvise well and be funny. Danny McBride would be hilarious.
Mr. Orange will kill everybody off in the show during the big heist planned for next season.
You mean Mr. White.
I agree that they should end it now. It used to be really funny – remember the episode with the bat flying around? Hysterical. Sadly it has not been that funny in quite a long time.
Oh that poor horsey. Would they please stop beating it?
Will you just hurry up and be done with it? That's what she said!!!!
Heck ya u can see the funny humor in his eyes.. I'd start watching the program.
I would love to see Andy Samberg on the show!
Please no! danny mcbride or the guy from flight of the conchords are the only 2 that should be considered. This show will fade away if they enlist harvey in the cast.
For god's sake, just get Ricky Gervais as David Brent to do it and call this the last season.
Either try to get Rick Gervis from the British version of The Office for a final season, or I agree with the others let the sun set with Steve Carell's departure. Steve IS The Office and it was major funny, and I agree it has seen it's funnier days. It was my favorite show.
dont forget his portrayal in The Bad Leutienent!...lol...but he could revive a disheartening show...never liked stever carell and the show had too many twist ....weird show....seinfeild it was not....who knows he may make it better...
How about ricky gervais?
I freaking WISH! He is the PERFECT replacement!
I don't see the connection. Hopefully Lieberstein knows what he is doing. We need Gervais back.
Wishful thinking that he could bring the show back to its original hilarity, but if their is frontal nudity as in the Piano, ill be your biggest fan
Epic Fail? Hello, the 00's want their cutesy Internet catchphrases back....
As much as I agree with the reply, someone with the name of y2daddy can't be picking on 00's cutesy Internet catchphrases. The show is still brilliant. It's not new or as fresh as it was, but the writing is still well done and continues to be funny. You have to remember, The Office was really something new when it first came about. And if you argue that it wasn't new, then I'll clarify that by saying it wasn't like anything that was on TV at the time. It really did make a splash when it came about and I don't think anyone expected it to succeed to the level that it has.
Harvey will bring the show back to life...I love Harvey ....He's a Brooklyn guy and been around...He deserves this..
Harvey is a great actor (loved him in Pulp Fiction as Mr.Wolf and Mr.White in Reservoir Dogs) He's an ex-jarhead who earns respect. But the office is finished and it should end with Steve's departure. Hasn't been funny in a couple years like the earlier days. Know when to say when. End it...
Keitel is a brilliant actor... and I would love to see him take on this roll... but I would prefer it, if he continued to make quality films instead of doing more TV.
He's Winston Wolfe and he solves problems.
I see this going places.
It's 25 minutes away. I'll be there in 10. :-)
He showed full frontal in The Piano. Will he do that again?
Yeah, the show was great in its day... but that day has long since passed! Its gone on for WAYYYY too long. Call it quits, guys!
Apparently, Leiberstein never saw Harvey in "Be Cool". Funny? Sorry...
This will be a great way to epically sink the show for good. Why fly off into the sunset when you can plow into the earth in a ball of fire?
maybe that's why they want a 'tough guy'. harvey's character comes in to shut down dunder mifflin and dismantle operations
That show stopped being funny a long time ago. They should just cancel it.
If you dont think the show is funny then you either do not have a sense of humor or the humor is over your head and you just dont understand it. The show is awesome.
That is your opinion, Why would NBC cancel a show that produces such solid ratings? Stick to your day job and let The Office keep entertaining its audience.
The show actually isn't funny, ANYONE could get the sense of humor because it's so lame, people who don't like The Office are the intelligent ones. There is nothing to understand. The UK version is way better and THAT takes intelligence to enjoy, something the average US viewer doesn't get.
You may be right, but was all that negative commentary necessary? Too bad some "intelligent" people don't have class.
If I wanted to do something that requires the use of my intelligence I'd read a book, not turn on the television.
OMG! Harvey would be great! Can't wait to see what he bring to the Office!
Quiet! All of you! They're approaching the tyrannosaur paddock.
Kenny Powers for Office Manager. Kenny Powers is the man.
Nate, that obscure Jurassic Park reference was better than most of the office's entire season last year. Kudos to you.
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