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Will Tina Fey and Steve Carell send out for 'Mail-Order Groom'?

April 12, 2010 |  6:35 am

With "Date Night" performing reasonably well at the box office this weekend, it's natural to ask when Steve Carell and Tina Fey might come together again on the big screen.

The two are, as we wrote about back in December, working on a movie called "Mail Order Groom." Warner Bros. is developing the comedy  (which was partly conceived by Fey's real-life husband and "30 Rock" co-executive producer Jeff Richmond) about a lonely American woman who orders an Eastern European, Borat-like soldier as a beau.

Interviewed as part of a Calendar piece before the "Date Night" opening, the pair told The Times' Denise Martin that the movie was still very much a possibility -- it's just a matter of scheduling. "Yes, maybe someday. It's a hilarious and deeply weird script that appeals to both of us. We just need to clear the time to do it," Fey said. (Both she and Carell have limited shooting time given their television responsibilities.)

"It could be really good," added Carell. The actor appears in the upcoming "Dinner for Schmucks" and has a voice role in "Despicable Me" but has not yet chosen a new movie.

Before teaming on "Date Night," Fey and Carell spent years admiring each other's work from afar, first as budding comics at Chicago's Second City and then as network stablemates. But they rarely crossed paths until it occurred to their agents, both based at WME, to put them in a comedy together.
"As soon as I heard she was in, I was in," Carell said. "Almost in complete disregard for anything else."

-- Denise Martin and Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Tina Fey and Steve Carell in "Date Night." Credit: 20th Century Fox


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