Although he plays a legendary magician in the upcoming comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," one trick Steve Carell won't be attempting is the disappearing act his co-star Steve Buscemi pulled off in the Minnesota-made movie classic "Fargo."
And yes, that would be where Buscemi disappears into a wood chipper …
"And never to be seen again," Carell told me with a laugh in a recent interview. "There was no encore with that one."
Carell said Buscemi didn't give him any tips on how to disappear in a wood chipper during their preparations for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," where they play lifelong friends and magician partners in Las Vegas who have a falling out.
After all, Carell said, there's no way around your fate when you disappear into a wood chipper.
"If you're going to do it you're going to have to commit -- and hope there is an afterlife," Carell quipped.
In a separate interview, Buscemi said people still bring up the "Fargo" wood chipper scene to him, even though he's technically not in the scene.
"I get complimented on that scene a lot," Buscemi deadpanned.
While his "Fargo" character Carl Showalter is for all intents and purposes cinematic mince, Buscemi told me he'd easily play another character for the film's Minnesota-born creators, Joel and Ethan Coen.
"I just dream of working with them again, so let's see what happens," Buscemi said. "Right now there's nothing that I know of, but hopefully they know of it."
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," starring Carell, Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin, opens in theaters Feb. 15.
See the trailer for the film below.
Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and annually votes on the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio. As a feature writer, Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career and his work is syndicated nationwide.