James Spader really wanted to play Brick! Brick, the mentally challenged weather reporter, ended up being played by Steve Carell. Spader apparently was obsessed with the character, and really wanted to play the role.
He spoke to the directors about it, even saying ” “I will do anything to get this role.” However, he was turned down – because he was too good for the role!
Speaking of Brick, his role almost got cut, because studio executives thought he just sounded too insane on paper. Fortunately, he was kept in. Phew!