Steve Carell looks sexy in ‘The Patient’ on Hulu

In The patient, the big new Hulu show from the creators of Americans, Steve Carell plays Dr. Alan Strauss. His silver hair is impeccably styled and his salt and pepper beard is not a bit crooked. He is friendly, warm and easy to talk to, all the perfect elements of a great therapist. He even wears a comforting cardigan.

Despite his harmless and calming nature, things don’t go particularly well for Dr. Strauss. He wakes up one morning chained to a bed in the basement of one of his patients, who asks the therapist to help curb his overwhelming desire to kill.

On a show where he’s the prisoner of a killer, desperate to escape alive, Carell comes across as one thing: sexy. Yes, what I’m saying is Steve Carell has absolutely never been hotter than he is in The patienta very unsexy sight.

I know that might sound…unbalanced, but hear me out: I just couldn’t help but think how extremely handsome Carell is as Dr. Strauss, even though he spends the series chained to a bed in a murderer’s basement. Or, honestly, maybe that’s one of the many reasons why.

Since The patient is a deliciously twisty two-handed, we spend a lot of time with Carell’s Dr. Strauss. This is our most intimate look at Carell as a performer since he was on Office, and it’s a phenomenal experience. He’s never felt more accessible than he does here, and no, it’s not because he’s unable to leave the room he’s stuck in. , and strives every day to be a better person. He is not a victim, despite his situation, nor is he a martyr. Instead, he is a fully realized person.

The show makes it clear that Strauss is by no means perfect. He struggled to keep his family together, and at times it threatened to consume him. This vulnerability is essential to arriving at what makes this character so desirable. Perfection is nice to think about, but it quickly becomes boring, and how can someone develop further in life if they are (allegedly) perfect?

That said, it really does look perfect. Strauss is nicely put together, the kind of guy who takes some pleasure in taking care of himself. I can see him taking the time to get a manicure, opting for a more expensive haircut and homemade beard oil to keep everything looking good Costs. Carell is rarely seen in movies or on TV with facial hair, and his salt-and-pepper beard looks so sexy it’s a wonder she hasn’t featured prominently in every appearance. , and it also feels like there’s a chiseled jawline just waiting to be unleashed underneath.

The show has an almost playful self-awareness of its beauty. Strauss certainly knows he’s a handsome boy, but he’d never dream of flaunting it: he’s far more interested in listening to your thoughts and uplifting you at every opportunity. A nice guy who isn’t scary and listens well? If you’re not sweating yet, you’re a liar.

While he cares about maintaining a good appearance (and damn it!), Strauss never once gives the impression that he’s conceited. He is above all a father and a dedicated therapist. Not only does he come across as a man who will cook you all your favorite meals while listening to your troubles, but he’s also fierce. Yes, Dr. Strauss is clearly ready to eviscerate anyone who crosses your path. As they say on the internet, it protects, but it also attacks.

If that’s not enough, there’s a scene where he tries to unlock his chains with a plastic fork with such ferocity and energy that I nearly fainted from the heat I felt. He’s ready to fight for you, and he’s also ready to fight for himself.

There’s also something specific about Carell’s character here that makes me feel so hot and bothered: Strauss is Jewish. His recently deceased wife was even the cantor of their synagogue. There will likely be controversy over Carell, a non-Jewish person, playing a Jewish character, especially in a role where his Jewish identity is so important. But Carell’s performance is never offensive; his approach to playing a Jewish American man is empathetic and thoughtful. More importantly, it allows me, as a Jewish person, to live in the fantasy of bringing this version of Steve Carell home to my parents, who would be delighted if I brought home a lovely Jewish therapist who has successful. It’s a win for everyone!

Watching the actor play a character as complex and inflexible as Dr. Strauss made me think about what Carell is outside of my fantasies. It is practically non-existent on social networks; maybe that’s the sexiest thing about him. I think it’s fair to say that the happy, well-adjusted rich have absolutely no need to tweet about their daily lives, post meaningless selfies on Instagram, or partake in the latest TikTok trend. Instead, it’s easy to imagine Carell relaxing on his couch, eating something so fancy I don’t even know exists, hanging out with his kids, and not caring. His ability to maintain such privacy helps complete the fantasy that Carell really is the man of my dreams.

Yeah, Steve Carell is a human being, and he probably is not as carefree as he is in my dreams. But it is okay! I am ready to listen to his problems, as he will surely listen to mine. Stories from those who have worked with him have repeatedly mentioned what a great person he is, both on camera and off set. On podcasts office ladieshosted by Carell alumnus Office co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, and The desktop in depthhosted by Brian Baumgartner, the three hosts became poetic about what an amazing guy he is.

Melora Hardin, who played one of Carell’s lovers on Officesaid the The desktop in depth, “Immediately, I loved working with Steve… I was so relieved and so grateful and excited every time the cameras rolled. I felt like Steve was very playful with me on camera in terms of his ability to give and take. Give and take? I need a moment. This praise adds fuel to the sexy fire proclaiming Carell as the secretly sexiest hottie in Hollywood.

Except it’s not really that secret, in my opinion. He might not have the chiseled looks that get a guy hired for a major blockbuster, but these days a six-pack doesn’t have to be sexy. (That said, there’s something very tempting about Carell’s costume in The patient, which leads you to believe he has the muscle to lift you like a barbell.) A lot of people like a nice, funny, goofy guy! Even if it is not strange in itself, however, The patient stands out as the first time Carell was allowed to be hot. And it’s one of Hollywood’s biggest shames.

Take his most famous role, for example: everyone’s (least) favorite manager, Michael Scott. Although he becomes friendlier over the years Office, Michael is very often the butt of the joke. He is mocked by his subordinates for telling nonsensical jokes, wearing women’s costumes, and making one terrible decision after another. Even when his smarmy, unflattering Season 1 hair gives way to a much more appealing cut — and he ends up sleeping with his hot, powerful boss — Michael is still seen as a goofball.

The times he’s had the chance to prove his potential as a Hollywood idol, the movies haven’t fully allowed it. In The 40 year old virgin, Carell plays Andy, a dorky tech store clerk who isn’t about to have sex, despite really wanting to. The film takes him through a fun spin on a makeover, the climax of which comes when he gets his (important) body hair tweezed. It’s hysterical, but the goal is clearly to laugh at Andy, whose experience is fun and torturous. His transformation is more from “total dork” to “kinda cute dork” in the film; if there are flashes of sexual energy (he loses his virginity at the end!), it’s always in the form of a joke.

Carell was even quite hot during his Desk days – it’s just that no one would let him kiss her.


In crazy and stupid love, Carell is a recent divorcee who enlists the help of a sex geek (Ryan Gosling) to become the kind of guy every woman wants to sleep with. It’s the closest Hollywood has come to acknowledging Carrell’s sexual charisma. But he’s swallowed up by this concept of Cal being a lovable, heartwarming doofus, someone who needs the legit handsome gosling to teach him how to fuck. In these films, Carell needs a makeover to gain some kind of attractiveness; in The patientit becomes sexy and suave from the first hit.

The patient is not only a fantastic opportunity to show what a wonderful actor he is, but it’s also a golden opportunity to announce to the world that Steve Carell is incredibly hot. Whether The patient, a show where Carell is a creepy prisoner fighting for survival can embrace his hot guy era, it’s time other projects take notice. Long live our sexy, vulnerable, and maybe even approachable king.

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