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The Celebrity Apprentice
May 19 2011, 01:45 PM by LoriH65
Ed Helms is excited -- at the moment, he thinks he is. It's been
a bit of an emotionally schizophrenic time for the Atlanta-born
comic. He finished filming the sequel to one of the biggest box
office comedies of all time, but Helms also had to bid adieu to a
longtime friend and fellow cast member on a sitcom he's not even
sure who the new fictional boss is going to be. "I'm happy one
minute and sad the next," Helms half-jokingly admits. "So many
things have been happening to me, both great and some not so great.
But, overall, I don't think I have anything to complain about. It's
With the finale of Season 7 airing this week, Helms confesses Steve
Carell's decision to leave The Office, with no
confirmation on who the new boss will be, has everyone on the show
a bit on edge. As the finale approaches, the Peacock Network has
been running promo commercials showcasing everyone from Jim Carrey
to James Spader interviewing for Michael Scott's (Carell) old job
at Dunder Mifflin. But in actuality, not everyone in Tinsel Town
wants the gig. "I would never replace the star of a hit sitcom,"
John Stamos said of his decision to pass on Carell's former job,
when it was offered to him. "It's a tough situation, because you
are always going to be compared to the guy who came before you.
Thanks, but no thanks."
However, most of The Office cast loved the idea and
execution of Will Ferrell's recent appearance as Scott's possible
replacement at the paper firm. "Could you ask for a more exciting
way to transition the show?" says Helms, who portrays Andy Bernard
on the sitcom. "It was great. It was Will Ferrell, so you kind of
knew what you were going to get."
Helms has even been mentioned as Carell's possible replacement. If
Andy is the new boss, it's all news to Helms. "I really don't know
who will replace him," he declares. "I'm not even sure if it will
be a clean replacement situation. It might just be a reinvention of
The Office in some way. Honestly, it's a wide open question. His
replacement could be anyone in the office because we have such a
talented cast. We have a deep bench, so to speak."
Needless to say, each cast member had mixed feelings about Carell's
decision to depart The Office. "I say good riddance,"
Helms admits, with a smile. "The guy has been dragging us down for
seven years now." After a few beats, Helms sadly confesses, "His
departure was utterly heartbreaking and not just because of what he
brought to the show comically, but because he's intrinsically a
good man who has been our Dad on the set. Once Steve left some of
us kind of felt like we were a little rudderless."
While he will miss his good friend Steve, he admits that Carell's
exit may ultimately have a positive effect on The Office.
"Here is a show that's seven years into its maturity and gets to
completely reinvent itself," he explains. "That's a rare
opportunity. Everyone is fired up to reinvent the show and see what
new crazy shenanigans we can come up with for the cast."
Helms is putting his day job on hold for the next couple of
months, to prepare to get himself revved-up to hit the
international road to promote the release of The Hangover: Part
II, the cinematic sibling of the hit motion picture that
turned Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis
into household names. This time around, Helms' character, Stu
Price, gets married -- not in Vegas like last time, but in
"We went through so much together from making and promoting the
first Hangover that the chance to jump back in with these
guys was really fun, comfortable and exciting," Helms explains. The
studio spared no expense with the sequel, actually flying cast and
crew to Asia to film the Bangkok sequences. According to Helms,
they had a great time working and playing around in Thailand. "It
was exhilarating, intense, overwhelming and ultimately just
awesome," he says with a big smile. "There were a lot of highs and
lows, but that fit because it's a very intense movie. Our
experience making it was extremely intense. You'll see it and feel
Later this month, you can also watch Helms perform his first
cinematic love scene with Sigourney Weaver, the Alien actress he
had a teenage crush on, in Cedar Rapids. "I felt like a
real stud," Helms beams. "It was my first love scene ever in a
movie and I was freaking out. He loved doing Cedar Rapids,
because he can now declare himself a Hollywood sex symbol. "Clooney
and Pitt should be shaking in their boots," he says confidently.
"I'm hot on their heels as an international sex symbol. God knows
me running around with my little belly and tighty whities is sure
to ignite the passion of the ladies around the world."
The 1 hour season finale of The Office
airs Thursday at 9.00 et/pt