Steve Carell stars in the upcoming comedy Date Night. He and Tina Fey play a married couple who’s scheduled date night takes a comic turn with a criminal case of mistaken identity. In real life, the Carell couple date nights are comical on a much mellower level.

“We are always happy when we get invited to an award show, because that is it,” Carell said. “That’s our excuse to get dressed up and go out somewhere, and even on those nights, we are generally back by about ten.  As most people with kids know, you pay for it.  If you really go out late, and whoop it up, the kids are up at 5:30 the next day, so are you.  So that kind of determines how crazy our date nights get.”

Seriously, Carell is a family man, even on date night. “Generally our best date nights are very, very simple.  We spend a good deal of them talking about our children anyway.  So there is no escape.”

Date nights are one way for couples to keep the spark alive. Even so, Carell felt unprepared to answer relationship questions. “What do we do in real life?  Boy, it’s like I knew we would get questions like this on the press junket and I thought that I prepared but I clearly haven’t, because then you feel like you are giving relationship advice.  I think every relationship is so different and so unique so I don't think there is any sort of blanket advice.”

Still, he came up with some good stuff on the spot. “For Nancy and myself, there is a lot of laughter.  There is an open line of communication and we just have fun with one another.  We never forget make fun of ourselves and to not take it all too seriously.  That’s, I think at least for us, that’s what helps… and amazing lovemaking.”

Date Night opens April 9.

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