Steve Carell on playing "mean" stepfather in "The Way, Way Back"

Steve Carell stars in the new coming-of-age dramatic comedy, "The Way, Way Back," where he plays a character that some might call a "jerk," for lack of a better term.

The "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star portrays Trent, an overbearing alpha male who gives his teenaged stepson Duncan ("The Killing's" Liam James) a hard time over the course of a long summer vacation.

In the very first scene of the film, Carell's character asks Duncan how the boy would rate himself on a scale of 1 to 10.

"A six," Duncan modestly answers.

"I think you're a three," Carell shoots back.

Trent might be seen as the antagonist of the film, but Carell didn't necessarily view his character as a villain. Watch the video above to hear Carell's take on his complex character.

"The Way, Way Back," which opens July 5, also stars Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Rob Corddry, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph and Allison Janney.

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