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September 2nd, 2010 11:26am EDT

Harvey KeitelThe producers behind hit TV show The Office want Harvey Keitel to take over from Steve Carell as the actor is "probably the only guy who can do it."
 
Carell won critical acclaim for his portrayal of embarrassing boss Michael Scott in the U.S. version of the British series, created by funnyman Ricky Gervais, but announced he will leave at the end of the current season. Gervais recently shot down rumors he would be stepping in to replace him, and now producer Paul Lieberstein has revealed they have another actor in mind for the part - Reservoir Dogs star Keitel.
 
Lieberstein tells E! News, "He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now. I haven't started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job - a very different energy. And we don't want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve."

"He's (Keitel) a real tough guy, but I saw him in Life on Mars and I saw a lot more comedy in his work, just little slivers of it, little things he would do that made me think he's capable of a lot more than what (he's done)."

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