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(The Atlantic)   The case is made for the most interesting actor of his generation   (theatlantic.com) divider line 79
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2013-07-29 10:17:18 AM  
Him?
 
2013-07-29 10:29:20 AM  
Yeah, the molester mustache, that same dopey face on his head that he has in everything else, very interesting.

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2013-07-29 10:40:37 AM  
That mustache really draws attention to his lack of a jaw.

But, hey, good for him for trying something different. TFA is right, he could've coasted along playing the same goofy guy in another dozen forgetable Apatow-esque 'comedies.'
 
2013-07-29 11:18:35 AM  
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Jonathan Goldsmith frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2013-07-29 11:24:20 AM  
I'm willing to forgive him a lot just for starring in Scott Pilgrim vs the World
 
2013-07-29 11:39:59 AM  
Career summary:  "well, I don't know, I'm not sure, life's hard, I don't think, maybe, well, I, ummm, so, can you not"


We have to get him into a movie with Shia LaBoeuf.
 
2013-07-29 11:40:07 AM  
He once spent three hours moving his iPod around a table trying to find the best acoustics.
Women will giggle and wave when the recognize him, but this hasn't yet translated to hot groupie sex.
Even his sweat is quirky and irreverent.
He is the most interesting actor of his generation.
 
2013-07-29 11:40:30 AM  
No. Absolutely farking no.
 
2013-07-29 11:42:34 AM  
One of my most favorite roles of his recently that I think he honestly nailed dead on and gave me so much amusement that I cannot wait for the media release so that I can play it over and over and over again is when he gets stabbed through the chest in This Is The End.
 
2013-07-29 11:46:05 AM  
I thought he was funny in Zombieland
 
2013-07-29 11:51:13 AM  
I actually like Michael Cera. I think he's getting a lot smarter about his career too. I like what he's adding to Jash. I think it was cool of him to get more involved in Arrested Development (by being in the writer's room, and I think he was also a producer). I'm really interested to see what Magic Magic has in store. It seems like he knows what his niche is, but doesn't seem to shy away from trying something new. I'm kind of looking forward to seeing how his career progresses.
 
2013-07-29 11:55:37 AM  
I guess the first question this raises is what is "his generation?"

The second is "Really??!?"
 
2013-07-29 11:56:00 AM  

Casey Anthony: I thought he was funny in Zombieland


Uh, wrong dude.  Why do people keep screwing it up?  They're not even that similar!  That was Jason Schwartzman.
 
2013-07-29 11:56:16 AM  

Casey Anthony: I thought he was funny in Zombieland


THIS!
/I
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///u did
 
2013-07-29 11:57:58 AM  
"Interesting"? I'm...I'm sorry, I'm at work. Could someone just throw up the Inigo Montoya jpg so we can declare the thread over and done?
 
2013-07-29 11:58:58 AM  
he was hilarious in "this is the end."
 
2013-07-29 12:01:57 PM  
Michael Cera "doesn't seem to age"?

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The author is either high or blind, because one of the most distracting things in AD, Season 4 was how weird and awkward Cera's face is now.
 
2013-07-29 12:02:58 PM  

movieman_1979: "Interesting"? I'm...I'm sorry, I'm at work. Could someone just throw up the Inigo Montoya jpg so we can declare the thread over and done?


The author makes his case pretty well when talking about his trajectory. It's more of a discussion article, doesn't feel like an authoritive decision or lame top 10 list. Pretty good article.
 
2013-07-29 12:06:20 PM  
To paraphrase Robert Wuhl:   Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist was so bad that whenever someone else makes a bad movie, the makers of Nick & Nora should get a royalty
 
2013-07-29 12:06:58 PM  

Khellendros: Casey Anthony: I thought he was funny in Zombieland

Uh, wrong dude.  Why do people keep screwing it up?  They're not even that similar!  That was Jason Schwartzman.


The American Pie guy? I think you should check your facts, mister.
 
2013-07-29 12:09:33 PM  
Jesus Christ, the human race is doomed.
 
2013-07-29 12:10:12 PM  

jedzz: The author is either high or blind, because one of the most distracting things in AD, Season 4 was how weird and awkward Cera's face is now.


I thought it was Shawkat's bosom.

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2013-07-29 12:10:59 PM  
Putting the bar that low, eh?
 
2013-07-29 12:11:24 PM  
I don't think Cera is particularly interesting, and I hate the nebbishy roles he gravitates toward... but I will say that I enjoyed Youth In Revolt.  The François Dillinger character was frankly hilarious, and there's even a teeny tiny cameo from Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins.
 
2013-07-29 12:11:59 PM  
Michael Cera is a category of people I like to call "Not an actor, but plays one in the movies." He is like Sandra Bullock or Matthew Perry, or any number of other dependable jerkoffs that just say lines in the same Way™ every role. If the director wants you to, you can easily follow the plot, but no one will ever recall the character's name.
 
2013-07-29 12:12:10 PM  

Wellon Dowd: I thought it was Shawkat's bosom.


"Daddy's ready to get his rocks off!"
 
2013-07-29 12:23:08 PM  
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2013-07-29 12:37:20 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: I actually like Michael Cera. I think he's getting a lot smarter about his career too. I like what he's adding to Jash. I think it was cool of him to get more involved in Arrested Development (by being in the writer's room, and I think he was also a producer). I'm really interested to see what Magic Magic has in store. It seems like he knows what his niche is, but doesn't seem to shy away from trying something new. I'm kind of looking forward to seeing how his career progresses.


Agreed.  Everyone complaining that he has one character, and never changes, obviously skipped reading the article, which is about his last few roles being complete departures from his usual schtick.  I agree, he probably was clinging to the awkward teenage archetype for way too long, but I'm looking forward to seeing his two newest films where he's obviously moved on from that.

Also, if you watch his short film, "Gregory Go Boom" you'll see he's looking to expand his range as an actor.  As a whole, it's not outstanding.  It's too slow paced for me, but it's a delightfully disturbing slice of weirdness for sure.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE8kTPtLftI
 
2013-07-29 12:44:32 PM  
How broad is a "generation"?  Cera is still finding himself while DiCaprio knocks it further out of the park with each role.  Or is skill and success just too predictable?

To even be in the running for such an achievement you have to pull something along the lines of Oldman going from Sid Vicious to Drexl Spivey to Ludwig Van.  Most people won't even see the Cera films the author is talking about.  If an awkward, middling actor is unpredictable in the forest and no one is around to see it, does he become interesting?
 
2013-07-29 12:50:26 PM  
The real question...  who IS the most interesting actor of his generation?

And no, it sure as hell ain't Leonardo DiCaprio.  That guy's face is a squeezed sponge and that's where all his 'acting' happens.

What's kind of sad is there's really NO compelling actor in this generation.  There are decent and good ones, to be sure, but by no means is there a giant like Brando and don't seem to be legendary character types like Duvall or Hackman, either.  It's kind of pathetic that no one has managed to supplant Tom Cruise as the go-to action guy.  Well, I guess Will Smith has, but... whatever.  Is there a Pacino or DeNiro in this generation?  Nope.
 
2013-07-29 12:50:29 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Khellendros: Casey Anthony: I thought he was funny in Zombieland

Uh, wrong dude.  Why do people keep screwing it up?  They're not even that similar!  That was Jason Schwartzman.

The American Pie guy? I think you should check your facts, mister.


No, that was Jon Heder.
 
2013-07-29 12:55:41 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The real question...  who IS the most interesting actor of his generation?

And no, it sure as hell ain't Leonardo DiCaprio.  That guy's face is a squeezed sponge and that's where all his 'acting' happens.

What's kind of sad is there's really NO compelling actor in this generation.  There are decent and good ones, to be sure, but by no means is there a giant like Brando and don't seem to be legendary character types like Duvall or Hackman, either.  It's kind of pathetic that no one has managed to supplant Tom Cruise as the go-to action guy.  Well, I guess Will Smith has, but... whatever.  Is there a Pacino or DeNiro in this generation?  Nope.


I argue for Brad Pitt.
 
2013-07-29 12:56:20 PM  
That mustache is hideous.
 
2013-07-29 01:05:21 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: The American Pie guy? I think you should check your facts, mister.


That was genius  when he farked that pie. Not since Blazing Saddles, not since Annie Hall, not since Duck Soup....

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Well, I guess Will Smith has


Have you seen the numbers for After Earth? Sorry but after like 11 Fast and Furious movies, that'd be Vin Diesel.
 
2013-07-29 01:08:46 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The real question...  who IS the most interesting actor of his generation?


Daniel Day Lewis
 
2013-07-29 01:11:42 PM  

Mugato: Yeah, the molester mustache, that same dopey face on his head that he has in everything else, very interesting.

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Steve Buscemi Part Deux. "You know, kinda funny-lookin'"
 
2013-07-29 01:14:24 PM  

buntz: To paraphrase Robert Wuhl:   Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist was so bad that whenever someone else makes a bad movie, the makers of Nick & Nora should get a royalty


Wrong. It had Kat Dennings's wonderful assets. And Robert Wuhl, star of some of the worst tv of all time has no business criticizing anyone.
 
2013-07-29 01:17:25 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: How broad is a "generation"?  Cera is still finding himself while DiCaprio knocks it further out of the park with each role.  Or is skill and success just too predictable?

To even be in the running for such an achievement you have to pull something along the lines of Oldman going from Sid Vicious to Drexl Spivey to Ludwig Van.  Most people won't even see the Cera films the author is talking about.  If an awkward, middling actor is unpredictable in the forest and no one is around to see it, does he become interesting?


As he's 25, I think that I'd count Andrea Riseborough (31). If you go up to 35, I'd definitely have Tom Hardy in there. Riseborough can play anything and makes a character completely believable in the same way that Cate Blanchett or Judi Dench do.
 
2013-07-29 01:18:42 PM  

Valiente: Steve Buscemi Part Deux. "You know, kinda funny-lookin'"


Yeah but Steve Buscemi's great. And he never that I can think of unrealistically gets the hot girl.

/wait, he got the hot stripper in Armageddon but only after dropping a ton of cash at her club and saving the world

Neeek: And Robert Wuhl, star of some of the worst tv of all time has no business criticizing anyone.


And he almost cocked up Batman.
 
2013-07-29 01:22:42 PM  

Neeek: buntz: To paraphrase Robert Wuhl:   Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist was so bad that whenever someone else makes a bad movie, the makers of Nick & Nora should get a royalty

Wrong. It had Kat Dennings's wonderful assets. And Robert Wuhl, star of some of the worst tv of all time has no business criticizing anyone.


How the f*ck did Arliss stay on the air so long?!
 
2013-07-29 01:26:36 PM  
Really?  I dunno I think Russell Crowe is more interesting.  I can watch any film he is in and give it a shot.  Leonardo DiCaprio too.
 
2013-07-29 01:27:32 PM  

farkeruk: As he's 25, I think that I'd count Andrea Riseborough (31). If you go up to 35, I'd definitely have Tom Hardy in there. Riseborough can play anything and makes a character completely believable in the same way that Cate Blanchett or Judi Dench do.



I have seen none of Andrea's work.  Any recommendations?

Tom Hardy would be a good choice.
 
2013-07-29 01:27:43 PM  
Ryan Gosling is consistently entertaining.
 
2013-07-29 01:32:10 PM  

Mentat: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The real question...  who IS the most interesting actor of his generation?

Daniel Day Lewis


Interesting?  Not really.  Most dedicated method actor in the business?  By far, and much to the dissatisfaction of his co-workers.  ("Hey, I'm playing a dude in a wheelchair, so you gotta pretend that I'm handicapped throughout the ENTIRE MOVIE!")
 
2013-07-29 01:36:26 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: What's kind of sad is there's really NO compelling actor in this generation. There are decent and good ones, to be sure, but by no means is there a giant like Brando and don't seem to be legendary character types like Duvall or Hackman, either. It's kind of pathetic that no one has managed to supplant Tom Cruise as the go-to action guy. Well, I guess Will Smith has, but... whatever. Is there a Pacino or DeNiro in this generation? Nope.


You know that the funny thing was about DeNiro, Hackman, Duvall, etc was?  You don't realize they're legendary when they were 25.  You only realize decades later once they've put together a career.  You know they're good when you saw them decades ago, but they were among a mass of 50 or 100 other well-known up and coming actors who were all considered "good".

Of course we have them right now.  We just don't know which ones will be considered the legendary actors when they reach 50.  We've had a few near misses with Clooney, Cruise, and such.  Pitt is damned close, if not there.
 
2013-07-29 01:47:27 PM  

Khellendros: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: What's kind of sad is there's really NO compelling actor in this generation. There are decent and good ones, to be sure, but by no means is there a giant like Brando and don't seem to be legendary character types like Duvall or Hackman, either. It's kind of pathetic that no one has managed to supplant Tom Cruise as the go-to action guy. Well, I guess Will Smith has, but... whatever. Is there a Pacino or DeNiro in this generation? Nope.

You know that the funny thing was about DeNiro, Hackman, Duvall, etc was?  You don't realize they're legendary when they were 25.  You only realize decades later once they've put together a career.  You know they're good when you saw them decades ago, but they were among a mass of 50 or 100 other well-known up and coming actors who were all considered "good".

Of course we have them right now.  We just don't know which ones will be considered the legendary actors when they reach 50.  We've had a few near misses with Clooney, Cruise, and such.  Pitt is damned close, if not there.


Pitt?  Are you serious?

In any case, I agree with the general point that it is often in retrospect that great actors begin to emerge.  But then again - not really.  Most of those actors I listed (Duvall, DeNiro, etc.) had already generated searing notices for roles in movies like Mean Streets, etc., at an early age.  No doubt we'll look back in time and see that history has picked out certain actors that we are somewhat overlooking now.  I actually think a guy like Matt Damon will be appreciated more than he is now (currently under the radar), but there's a reason attempts to come up with the stellar actors below about 45 right now comes up a bit lacking.  Jeremy Renner?  Nah.  Even a guy like Edward Norton looked like he was scorching but hasn't turned in much fo note for a while.  It doesn't help that cinema doesn't really create good character-driven stuff anymore.  Old directors who used to create actor's careers like Spielberg and Scorcese are too invested in charismatic nobodies like Shia LeBoeuf and Leonardo DeNiro.  Good actors like Depp and Jackman are buried in genre crap.
 
2013-07-29 01:55:56 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: I have seen none of Andrea's work.  Any recommendations?


The best thing she's done (and it's a little obscure) is Long Walk to Finchley about a young Margaret Thatcher, which is about the best portrayal of Thatcher I've seen - completely nailed the character in a way that no-one else has. But she was also really good in Brighton Rock.
 
2013-07-29 01:59:47 PM  

jedzz: Michael Cera "doesn't seem to age"?

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The author is either high or blind, because one of the most distracting things in AD, Season 4 was how weird and awkward Cera's face is now.


that actually makes it look like he's got some Benjamin Button shiat going on.
 
2013-07-29 02:10:07 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Most of those actors I listed (Duvall, DeNiro, etc.) had already generated searing notices for roles in movies like Mean Streets, etc., at an early age.


Yes, but at the time, they were seen as "good, talented, and young".  Not the future Clark Gable/Jimmy Stewart/Humphrey Bogart, etc.  In fact, people were scoffing that they would never reach those heights when they got rolling in the 70s and 80s.  We look back on those early roles now as breakout performances with a gravitas that belies their age, but that's all hindsight.


Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Pitt? Are you serious?


Yes.  Very serious.  Interview with a Vampire, Se7en, Twelve Monkeys, Fight Club, Snatch, Burn After Reading, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglorious Basterds, Moneyball - those movies alone put him at the top.  Sure, he puts out junk from time to time to - as did Stewart and Bogart, as does Pachino, Duvall, etc.  But he has a very large collection of A+ work that puts him among the greats.
 
2013-07-29 02:15:01 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I actually think a guy like Matt Damon will be appreciated more than he is now (currently under the radar),


I'm guessing that's sarcasm, I can't tell anymore.
 
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