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Will Ferrell gets a job at 'The Office' with Steve Carell

January 27, 2011 |  9:23 am

Will Ferrell joins Steve Carell at The Office After spending most of his career doing comedy, Will Ferrell is finally getting an office job: He's been hired for a small-screen story arc in the final Steve Carell season of "The Office."

Ferrell, who rose to fame via improv and "Saturday Night Live" before hitting the big screen, will play a fellow Dunder Mifflin/Sabre branch manager with a, well, let's call it a "skill set" similar to that of Carell's clueless Michael Scott, according to NBC.

"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star, and we turned him into a television star," executive producer Paul Lieberstein said. "We are proud to continue 'The Office's' tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality."

Anyone who works in an office these days knows that everybody is replaceable -- so Carell's early retirement doesn't necessarily mean Dunder Mifflin/Sabre is shutting down. "I think it's just a dynamic change to the show," he told E! in June, when he broke the news of his plans, "which could be a good thing, actually."

Ferrell's character will transfer into "The Office" in Scranton, Pa., for four episodes near the end of the season.

USC grad Ferrell and Carell worked together in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." (See Carell's "Anchorman" audition below.)

Which Ferrell character do you hope to be reminded of when he shows up at "The Office"? President Bush? Ron Burgundy? The guy from "Old School" who takes his shirt off? Remember -- comedy comes from pain.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Will Ferrell at the "Megamind" premiere in Hollywood on Oct. 30, 2010. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images