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Steve Carell: I'm no big spender

Steve Carell insists there's nothing salacious about his life and he really is just a nice guy.

The 52-year-old actor has made the big time thanks to the likes of funny flick The 40-Year-Old Virgin and most recently, drama Foxcatcher. He may be comfortable on the money front, but the only time he really splurged was on a practical household item.

"We bought a Dyson. Spending $700 on a vacuum cleaner seemed crazy to me. But you see those commercials with the cyclonic action and it's just like: 'Wow! I think we need to have that!'" he quipped to British magazine Time Out London. "Most of the time, though, I don't feel the need for the finer things when good will suffice."

When faced with the question of whether his 'cheap' outlook ever frustrates his loved ones, Steve insisted he isn't cheap; he just doesn't feel the need to "overdo it".

The star is often dubbed the nicest guy in showbiz with his peaceful and polite demeanour. He's also a doting family man with wife Nancy and kids John and Elisabeth, so isn't fazed by having no scandals.

"It's who I am. It's not an invention," he explained. "No one's going to sell a picture of me at the dry cleaners for any amount of money. I have a wife and two kids. This is what I do for a living. There's nothing very salacious about my life."

On the topic of whether Hollywood is more down-to-earth now than in the 80s, Steve raised the question of whether there are more "normal" people in the business or more people on their best behaviour.

He also addressed the importance of social media in this day and age when it comes to how quickly news spreads.

"If I did something terrible, you could tweet about it instantly and thousands, if not millions, of people would pick up on it. It's nice to think that we're all genuine and nice, but part of me thinks that people are just watching their asses a little bit more," he added.

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