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Carell, Fey hit big screen in 'Date Night'

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
April 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The one big new wide release hitting theaters Friday stars two of comedy's top celebrities. In "Date Night," Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a married couple whose lives have been overtaken with the drama of real life.Kids, work and chores are the things that make up the routine of our everyday lives, but they can also make things a little dull.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a couple who hope to spice things up by planning an elaborate "Date Night." Of course, things don't go as planned.

The actors can relate and know the audience will be able to as well.

"It's not like a couple who hate each other, it is just people who were stuck in a rut," said Fey."We definitely want people to be super uncomfortable for most of it."

"That was our hope," said Carell.

The comedy duo didn't know each other well before joining forces on the big screen. But both earned their comedy stripes at Chicago's Second City, so they knew they were on solid ground.

"I had such confidence in the fact that she was so smart and so funny that I knew I didn't have to be that funny," said Carell.

There were a few scenes that were completely off the cuff.

"As written on the page it was 'And then they danced,' and so it could have been terrible or it could have been funny," said Carell. "We felt like we had to give them some options."

"We had to dive in and trust each other. We only did two long takes. Let's just do this, two times, and never talk about it again," said Fey.

"Date Night" also stars Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Ray Liotta and James Franco. It's rated-R.