Steve Carell: The man behind the laughs

"He is totally unrecognizable." Steve Kroft talks about Steve Carell's surprising role in the movie "Foxcatcher"

"He is totally unrecognizable," says Steve Kroft. "I know people who've gone to the movie and said, 'Who is that guy?....That was Steve Carell?'"

Famous for comedic roles in movies such as "Anchorman" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," Carell -- in the true-crime movie "Foxcatcher" -- plays a sinister character: millionaire John du Pont. He's "a reclusive, creepy guy," says Kroft, who profiles Carell this Sunday on 60 Minutes.

Why did director Bennett Miller choose a comedic actor for such a dark part? Kroft tells Overtime that Miller "wasn't looking for a real heavy...He didn't want somebody who the audience would see and say, 'Oh, something really bad and sinister is going to happen.' He wanted somebody benign."

Carell was drawn to the part because "it was a bit challenging for him," Kroft says. "Completely unlike anything he's ever done before."

Kroft first met Carell and his wife, Nancy Walls, also an actress, in 2001, when Kroft interviewed Jon Stewart for a 60 Minutes profile. At that time, Carell and Walls were correspondents on "The Daily Show."

"His wife is very funny. His wife is wonderful," says Kroft. "The two of them just kind of go at it. I mean, it's like a comedy team."

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The above video was produced for 60 Minutes Overtime by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson and Lisa Orlando. It was originally published on November 9, 2014.

Production photos courtesy of Aaron Tomlinson

Production photos courtesy of Aaron Tomlinson