It’s no secret that I love football. (Go Broncos! Go Niners…next year.) It is also no secret that I love baseball. (Go Giants!) So it should really be no surprise that pretty much the only television we watch in our house is sports related.
I mean, not only do you have the games themselves, but you also have the pre- and post-game commentary, and then SportsCenter every night to recap all that we saw earlier in the day.
Not everyone takes me seriously when I say we only watch sports on TV. In fact, I recently had the following conversation with a family member:
Family Member: Do you know that one show?
Me: No, we pretty much only watch sports.
Family Member: But you know? The one with the person and the thing?
Me: Nope. Seriously. Only sports.
Family Member: Well surely you watch the show with the guy and the place.
Me: So, how ‘bout them Broncos?
It was odd. For both of us.
David and I do watch movies though. Usually after the second episode of SportsCenter for the night (you know, in case we missed something in the first broadcast) we will choose a movie. Sometimes we’ll do the 30 minute Netflix click-click-click, or sometimes one of us will choose five movies from our own collection and the other will decide what we watch. It’s not a flawless system, but it works.
If David is feeling particularly generous, he’ll let me listen to the commentaries on the movies we own.
I love commentaries. Honestly. They’re so cool. I mean, how else am I going to know which parts of Good Will Hunting were written by Matt and which were written by Ben? (Spoiler alert – Matt wrote most of it.) Or what about the secrets behind that ever so dreamy scene where Mr. Darcy walks across the field towards Elizabeth? Totally awesome.
The other night I was watching the commentary for one of the seasons of The Office. It was fun hearing the cast and crew goofing around, and I learned some pretty sweet trivia. But as they were talking, I started to notice a theme. Whenever anyone brought up Steve Carell – the main star and undoubtedly the most famous person from the show – everyone had the nicest things to say about him.
One of the actresses talked about a scene they were filming late at night where Steve Carell’s character started the scene by driving by in a car and waving. He then moved out of frame and the other characters took over. The actress said that they must have done about fifteen takes, and each time he would drive by and wave, pull out of the shot, and wait. Ultimately his wave didn’t even make the final cut.
At the time that they were filming that scene, Steve Carell had the number one movie in the country.
After that story one of the writers on the show said, “No job is too small for Steve. If we need him to, he will sit in the background for hours, staring at his computer screen. And he’ll do it without complaining.”
In another commentary that same writer interviewed the directors of catering and craft services for the show. They gave interesting tidbits on what everyone likes to eat (who knew egg whites were so popular?), but when they got to Steve Carell, the entire interview changed. It became all about how kind and respectful he is, and how he sets the example for everyone else. In fact, one of the guys said that he had been working in the industry for decades and had worked with the most well-known stars on the planet, but had never met anyone as kind or as classy as Steve Carell.
Yes, the same man who brought Michael Scott, Brick Tamland, and Andy Stitzer to the screen.
I was fascinated by this, because you don’t very often hear stories about the good behavior of celebrities. There are no websites devoted to reporting on the nice things famous people do, and the countless tabloids don’t make their money telling about how much integrity an actor has.
But as impressive as all of that was, what I heard next pretty much blew me away.
Steve Carell has a reputation for never taking part in gossip or harsh criticism. Ever. The rest of the cast and crew picked up on this fact, so they deliberately set out to try and trip him up. They would create situations where people would start gossiping, hoping he’d join in, but he never gave in. Not once.
The next day I told David all that I had learned (commentaries tend to put him to sleep). We talked about how cool it is, and I tried to leave it at that.
But then it happened.
You know, those nagging questions that come to mind – the ones that you don’t even want to ask because you already know the answer, and you don’t like the answer.
- Could people say the same thing about you?
- Is it true that you don’t consider any job beneath you and you willingly do whatever needs to be done?
- If someone repeatedly tried to pull you into gossip, would they fail?
- Is your work ethic so strong that even the most cynical person would have a hard time finding something negative to say?
I’m glad that Jesus loves me.
I’m glad that He forgives me.
And I’m glad that He is willing to work with me – even though I can be really lame sometimes.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6: 1-2
Who would have thought that The Office DVD could take me to church?
See you soon.