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First Look at Carell as Evan Almighty

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n the 2003 comic fantasy Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey had the power while filling in for Morgan Freeman's God.

 

But in Evan Almighty, Steve Carell has the hair.

 

All that yanked chest fuzz when Carell got a wax job in The 40-Year-Old Virgin? It's replaced and then some when God (a returning Freeman) transforms the news anchor-turned-congressman into a modern-day Noah in the sequel to Carrey's hit, now shooting in central Virginia.

 

And if that weren't hair-raising enough, Carell gives voice to a furry creature, a hyper squirrel named Hammy, in the animated Over the Hedge, opening May 19.

 

"Olivier had his different noses. I have my hair," says the actor, musing over his hirsute pursuits while on a set with a partly built epic-size ark.

 

For the first half of Evan Almighty, the star of NBC's The Office (Thursdays, 9:30 ET/PT) cements his status as a rising movie lead as a preening politico who uproots his family to the D.C. area. Summoned by a prayer, God materializes before the self-absorbed Evan Baxter, insisting he build an ark before a great flood arrives. Though Evan initially resists, he is unable to contain his hair growth, a spurt of biblical if not pubescent proportions.

 

"There are all different lengths of hair and beards, and each has a code name," says Carell, shown sporting his final transformation as Noah in an exclusive first-look photo from the June 2007 release.

 

Other stages: Mountain Man, Marlboro Man, the Unibomber, Ten Commandments (which segues into the Metrosexual with ponytail and braided beard) and Longest Brown.

 

"I was really comforted by the fact that Tom (Shadyac, the director) didn't want to do any onscreen werewolf-y transformations," says David LeRoy Anderson, the two-time Oscar winner (The Nutty Professor, Men in Black) who oversees the special-effects makeup. "It doesn't work for this."

 

Each shift is revealed to Evan — while waking up or glancing at a mirror — at the same time as it's shown to the audience.

 

The wigs are handmade from human hair, with some yak for extra body. The beards are hand-applied with prosthetic adhesive. "It's not too horrible, just a couple hours in the morning," says the actor.

 

His favorite look? "Just my own," he says. "That's the easiest one to get into. But it even takes a while to make me look like me, which is sort of sad and scary at the same time."

Posted 5/4/2006 9:28 PM ET

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2006-05-04-evan-almighty_x.htm

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