Nunez Laughs as Ideas for Replacing Carell Get More Far Out

Ideas for replacements for the departing Steve Carell on “The Office” have gone completely wild – with pundits, fans and producers coming up with all sorts of off-the-wall thoughts.  (Mel Gibson?!)   Show producer Paul Lieberstein told E! Online that he wants to get Harvey Keitel to join the Dunder Mifflin paper company.

“Harvey Keitel is a crazy pick,” says the show’s Oscar Nunez with a laugh.

His preference?  “I’d like to see them promote from within, either Melora Hardin or David Denman,” says the actor known as accountant Oscar Martinez.  “But of course it’s not up to us.  We’re just as excited as anyone to see what they’re going to do.”

With four episodes of “The Office” already in the can for Season 7, Nunez says that there’s no sign of the farewell blues creeping in on set as yet.  “The Emmys were a big, big party and we had a great time.  We just shot an episode with Timothy Olyphant of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘Justified.’”  That’s a pretty tough guy for Dunder Mifflin.  “Well, he doesn’t have a Glock or any guns in the episode, as far as I know.  Nothing like that.  He’s just a regular office worker,” Nunez says.

Also, the team has its Season 6 coming out Tuesday (9/7) on DVD and Blu-ray Hi Def .  7.  The collection includes deleted scenes, bloopers, and of course, such favorite episodes as Jim and Pam’s (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) wedding.

As for what’s ahead for his character in Season 7, “I don’t know,” Nunez says.  “He’s a conservative gay man and I think he plays it very close to the vest.  I don’t think he wants the camera on him as much as Michael Scott (Carell) does.  I feel that way, too.  As long as they keep writing funny episodes, that’s what counts.”

Nunez admits that when Carell announced his exit at the end of this season, “At first I thought it was the end of the show. But I think NBC would like ot keep it going if the numbers are what they are, if it’s funny.”  And then Carell could come back as a guest?  “Could you imagine?  He could stay in that world.  It would be wild.”

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