Steve Carell: Keep Me Away from Office Equipment

Steve Carell: Keep Me Away from Office Equipment
Steve Carrell
Sara De Boer / Retna

updated 11/17/2006 at 11:30 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2006 11:30AM

Steve Carell would have a problem working in a real office: He's a technophobe.

"I dream about computers that turn into evil robots and eat my face. I'm not kidding," the star of NBC's The Office tells Parade magazine. "There's no deep reason – no ticking toy ever harmed me in my youth. I never got a big electric shock. I just don't have the aptitude for technology or even the inclination."

He does admit, however, to being comfortable with domestic appliances. "I have figured out toasters and blenders and the television. I've got that down – the on/off button and the cable box," he says. "And I'm going to brag now: I can do everything with a microwave. But that pretty much covers it in terms of my technology acumen."

But Office costar B.J. Novak, who admits to being "addicted" to his BlackBerry ("I get made fun of a lot in the writer's room for being on it constantly. I'm a writer for the show too, so that's where I spend a lot of my time," he says), admires Carell for his lack of tech savvy.

"He actually communicates with people. He actually asks people how they're doing and makes friends and learns names and makes small talk while the rest of us retreat into our own little worlds in between each take," says Novak. "Steve is the only true gentleman on the set. Steve is old-fashioned, and it works."

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