Quirky charm and off-beat comedy spell success for Cera

By Tiffane Stuckenschneider

In the span of just five years, 19-year-old Michael Cera has
swept the nation as the new “it” actor of television, film and the
Internet.

He is currently busy creating his own success with friend and
fellow actor Clark Duke, as they produce and star in a series of
shorts following their attempts to get a show with a major
broadcasting company.

Faithful fans are following Cera’s work as closely as ever and
continue to log on to ClarkAndMichael.com to watch the dry-humored
and utterly irresistible pair, who were ultimately picked up by
CBS.

“I’ve acted in other things before ‘Clark and Michael’ and since
it, and all of them have been incredible,” Cera said on his Web
site. “But nothing will ever compare to getting to make something
with my best friend and being able to show it to everyone we know
and don’t know.”

A Canadian native perhaps known best for his role as nerdy and
nervous Evan in this summer’s “Superbad,” Cera’s fan base began
when he starred as George Michael Bluth on Fox’s cult classic,
“Arrested Development.”

As a sitcom mocking reality television, the show centers on a
dysfunctional family with a riches-to-rags story. “Arrested
Development” quickly gained a loyal following and numerous awards –
including six Emmys and a Golden Globe – received abundant critical
acclaim, and landed a spot on Time magazine’s “100 Greatest Shows
of All Time” list.

Despite these accomplishments, the show was canceled after just
three seasons.

Cera’s clever comedic genius did not go unnoticed as he was
picked up by the Judd Apatow crew to play opposite Jonah Hill in
the surprise hit “Superbad.”

The film raked in more than $121 million nationwide, and
enthusiastic teens watched in enjoyment as superstars Seth and Evan
set out to conquer high school by brandishing booze and getting the
girls in an all-too-relatable, night-gone-wrong scenario.

“He was awesome,” said Andrew Salera, a fourth-year finance,
real estate and law student. “He played the whole awkward teen
thing down to a T. And my favorite part was when he sang ‘These
Eyes’ to a room full of guys.”

Currently, Cera can be seen on the big screen as the
quintessentially gawky and gangly high schooler Paulie Bleeker, who
struggles to maintain normalcy after he accidentally impregnates
his longtime friend and crush, Ellen Page’s title character,
Juno.

“Every scene he was in was so witty and clever,” said Alex
Schultz, a third-year apparel merchandising and management student.
“I was expecting the same character he played in ‘Superbad,’ but
instead he portrayed himself completely differently. I was very
impressed.”

“Juno,” directed by Jason Reitman and written by rookie Diablo
Cody, has had unexpected success, grossing more than $52 million
and maintaining the third spot in the box office more than a month
after its release.

Having already won Critics Choice Awards for Best Writer and
Best Comedy Movie, “Juno” also won three Golden Globe nominations
in the areas of Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture – Comedy or
Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture –
Comedy or Musical.

Up next for Cera is October’s scheduled release of “Nick and
Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” in which his character falls in love at
a punk concert.

Quirky charm and off-beat comedy spell success for Cera

Courtesy of www.arresteddevelopment.msn.com

Quirky charm and off-beat comedy spell success for Cera

Quirky charm and off-beat comedy spell success for Cera

With the cast of the cult hit,”Arrested Development.”

Quirky charm and off-beat comedy spell success for Cera

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