Steve Carell has spoken about what he believes to be an important message behind his new romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The film stars Carell as a guy facing divorce after he discovers that his wife, played by Julianne Moore, has been having an affair.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Carell said: "I think many times people disregard the emotional impact that divorce has on a couple and a family because it happens so frequently.
"What's clear in the movie is how powerful and emotionally draining [divorce can be].
“It's a huge loss and I think people tend to, I don't know if trivialise is the right word, but I think they under-appreciate the enormity of the effect a divorce can have on people."
He added: "Some of my friends have gone through divorce after many, many years of marriage, so several elements of the movie ring true to me.
"Certainly, getting back into the dating game is a very frightening and daunting element [of the film] that is rooted in reality. I had a friend who, after 25 years of marriage, found himself trying to date again, and it was completely different.
"Everything had changed, and he had to reacquaint himself. It was funny even talking to him about it. For someone who has been out of the loop, it’s a different world."
Carell also discussed whether he believes in soulmates, as his character's son does in the film: "I've been married 16 years and I believe that I found mine, so I certainly have that to base it on.
"I think I got lucky and ended up marrying the right person."
Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Carell and Moore opposite Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon and is due to be released in Irish cinemas on September 23.