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Comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell are two of primetime TV's most popular stars—Tina's loved for her role as Liz Lemon, the head writer for a late-night sketch comedy show, on 30 Rock and Steve plays bumbling Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott on The Office. Though they both got their start in Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, they'd never actually worked together until the pair filmed their latest romantic comedy together. Date Night is about a married couple who decide to go on a romantic evening to add some romance to their monotonous marriage. But when they take someone else's dinner reservation, their evening gets more of a spark than they can handle.
Steve and Tina say they loved working together. "She is a national treasure," Steve says of Tina. "She's somebody I wanted to work with, and I'm a big fan, and you know [my] expectations were not only fulfilled, but she want beyond any expectations. She's fantastic."
Tina says Steve's a comic inspiration. "He is a comic genius because he is one of the greatest improvisers in the world," she says. "The kind of detail and specificity that he brings to his character Michael Scott of The Office—he does stuff that is so painful and embarrassing that you can't help but laugh at it, and it's that he will sink into an awkward and uncomfortable moment so deeply and commit to it so hard. But he also is kind of always playing his character. He's not trying to act crazy. He's just playing his character. His sad, sad, little character."