The 40-Year-Old Virgin is one of Steve Carell's most beloved films that helped launch the actor into superstardom. However, the 2005 Judd Apatow comedy almost didn't see the light of day. “We were actually shut down after the first week of shooting because the studio was freaking out. Universal saw the dailies and thought, 'This guy looks like a serial killer' because all we shot was me riding around on a bicycle, and I think there was one scene where I’m, like, walking down the street looking at images of, like, breasts and things and me freaking out," Steve told James Lipton in this exclusive clip, above, from his Inside the Actors Studio appearance airing Thursday, December 17 at 8/7c . "They thought, ‘Uh-uh. No, no, no. It’s not funny, and he looks really weird.'"
After the studio shut down production on the film, Judd, Steve, and the rest of the team behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin had to convince them of the movie's merits. "We had to go into the studio and plead our case, essentially, and say, ‘No, no, no. We’re going to get to some of the other stuff,’" Steve explained. "They put an editor that they really trusted on as a consultant, who then became our greatest ally, because he saw what we were doing."
However, Steve acknowledges how lucky they were to eventually get the studio's seal of approval. "It was close," Steve said. "It almost didn’t happen.”
Steve has many more behind-the-scenes secrets to reveal during his sit-down with James. Be sure to catch his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, December 17 at 8/7c, and get a taste of what else Steve will dish about in the preview clip, below.