Noticed anything different with Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on The Office? For one, he lost 25 lbs.
En route to the NBC comedy's September 17 return for its sixth season, Carell revealed that he indeed lost a lot of weight back in 2005, right after he debuted on the Office's six-episode first season.
"That sort of partially formed the look right there. I think that first year, the look was really scary. I don't know if there was a memo from the hierarchy at NBC that he needed to be at least reasonably watchable. There wasn't any big, conscious decision, though. The hair changed a little bit, and it got a little fluffy."
And that is how we got to today's Michael Scott: lean and just the right weight. But will he ever ran out of tricks now that The Office is on its sixth season?
"I just model it after my own shallow self," Carell jokes, adding that he owes it to the writers to make his character "evolve" and give him a little more self-perspective.
"It's been fun, over the course of doing five seasons, to figure out what makes this guy tick, and how he might change and grow."
He also revealed that there was some pretty massive change in his character from the pilot season, from an antagonist to a "sympathetic" character.
Which, on all accounts, is easy to see. Over the five seasons, despite his wacky and sometimes off-putting antics, it has somehow become easier to relate to Michael Scott's character, from his being temporarily sacked to his hapless love life.