Comedian Steve Carell has denied he plans to follow a similar career arc to Jim Carrey.

Carell, who recently had a box-office hit with THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, believes people think of him as the new Carrey because his character had to impersonate Carrey's character in the 2003 movie Bruce Almighty.

He says, "It had nothing to do with following the same career path.

"(In Bruce Almighty) I was doing Jim, but only in as much as his character possessed mine, it couldn't have been anything other than an exaggerated performance."