Meanwhile, the "bad guy" of "Bruce Almighty," the jerk comedic foil to "nice guy" Bruce, was Evan Baxter, played by a "Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent named Steve Carell. Carrey was supposed to be the rubberfaced guy, but the movie's most physically dexterous comedy came from Carell. He out-Carrey-ed Carrey.
The past eight years have been far better for Carell than they've been for Carrey: Carell took over the "Bruce Almighty" sequel -- which didn't do that well -- but mostly he grabbed the Likable Leading Comedic Man roles that Carrey had been trying to position himself to grab for most of the last two decades. Not just that: Carell got critical respect too. With a Steve Carell around, who needs a Jim Carrey?
So, eight years later, they're working together again, but this time, Carrey's the supporting role:
Jim Carrey is negotiating to star with Steve Carell in "Burt Wonderstone," the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy. Carell plays the title character, a Las Vegas magician who breaks with his longtime stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a rival hip street magician who is stealing his thunder.
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