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Michael Cera abandons laughs and goes for scares with an indie thriller

May. 10, 2011by:

After SCOTT PILGRIM hit theaters last August, Michael Cera didn't have any other films lined up. Once the film opened to disappointing box-office, Cera was stuck in a very strange and unenviable position. Clearly there was a chunk of the population that was growing tired of his "schtick" but PILGRIM was so successful in a cuultish kinda way, people still associated Cera with that character. So what to do? Blow it up and start over.

After a seven-month break, Cera has signed on to his first post-PILGRIM project, an indie thriller titled MAGIC, MAGIC. The film will star Cera in a very non-Cera role as one of a group of friends on vacation who start to worry about a female friend who slowly starts going insane. By the time they realize something is wrong, it's too late and, I'm guessing, spooky shit ensues.

Sebastian Silva, who won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema in 2009 for THE MAID, is directing from a script he wrote. The project was brought to Cera's attention by Mike White, who has mutual friends in Jack Black and Judd Apatow.

No start date for the project is set yet and won't be until they solidify the rest of the cast.

So are you happy that Cera is trying something new or would you rather he stick to comedy?

Source: Variety

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10:36PM on 05/11/2011
I'll wait to judge until I see something for this movie. But I really don't give a damn what Cera does.
I'll wait to judge until I see something for this movie. But I really don't give a damn what Cera does.
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4:55AM on 05/11/2011

We don't know what his role entails

... so those sick of his "same old schtick" might get something new. Others mad at the former group are also incorrect in assuming he's "branching out". I hope he stops being George Michael in his next movie. I'll keep my hopes up!
... so those sick of his "same old schtick" might get something new. Others mad at the former group are also incorrect in assuming he's "branching out". I hope he stops being George Michael in his next movie. I'll keep my hopes up!
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11:25PM on 05/10/2011
I'm willing to give it a chance, but I'm really picky these days when it comes to his movies. I always liked him in Arrested Development. He was good in Superbad and Youth In Revolt was kind of a step in the right direction as far as changing it up goes, but generally he kind of sticks to the same old song and dance.
I'm willing to give it a chance, but I'm really picky these days when it comes to his movies. I always liked him in Arrested Development. He was good in Superbad and Youth In Revolt was kind of a step in the right direction as far as changing it up goes, but generally he kind of sticks to the same old song and dance.
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9:46PM on 05/10/2011

SP ruled...

amazing movie. end of story.
amazing movie. end of story.
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9:18PM on 05/10/2011

Abandons laughs?

HAHA - as if he was ever funny in the first place. Hate that guy!
HAHA - as if he was ever funny in the first place. Hate that guy!
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8:07PM on 05/10/2011
Good for him. I like when actors try something new and very different. Too many get typecast and stick to that mold cause they think it works, especially comedy actors (see Will Ferrel, Jack Black). But, it's nice to see Michael Cera get out of the mold. Heck, maybe he'll make a good serious actor and can start doing more varied work.
Good for him. I like when actors try something new and very different. Too many get typecast and stick to that mold cause they think it works, especially comedy actors (see Will Ferrel, Jack Black). But, it's nice to see Michael Cera get out of the mold. Heck, maybe he'll make a good serious actor and can start doing more varied work.
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7:12PM on 05/10/2011

What's with the hate?

Blame the director(s) & casting agents. I'm pretty sure it isn't Ceras decision to play the same character over and over again. Anyways; sounds good. Kinda like Cera & I'm always up for an original horror movie.
Blame the director(s) & casting agents. I'm pretty sure it isn't Ceras decision to play the same character over and over again. Anyways; sounds good. Kinda like Cera & I'm always up for an original horror movie.
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5:33PM on 05/10/2011
Ummmm... Where does it say he's playing a different character? Sure it's a thriller instead of a comedy, but I'd be willing to bet he still plays an awkward dorky teen.
Ummmm... Where does it say he's playing a different character? Sure it's a thriller instead of a comedy, but I'd be willing to bet he still plays an awkward dorky teen.
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4:13PM on 05/10/2011

Lack of range

Anyone that saw the clip of him getting into it with the director of Knocked Up can see that the guy lacks range. Good for him for branching out (especially since he can only play a teenager for so long) but I have my doubts.
Anyone that saw the clip of him getting into it with the director of Knocked Up can see that the guy lacks range. Good for him for branching out (especially since he can only play a teenager for so long) but I have my doubts.
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3:12PM on 05/10/2011
I have a soft spot for Cera cause he's from my hometown. I find him amusing in movies but he really has only one or two notes, which isnt always a bad thing if he can find the right roles for it. I'm gald hes trying out different roles now, so all the best to him.
I have a soft spot for Cera cause he's from my hometown. I find him amusing in movies but he really has only one or two notes, which isnt always a bad thing if he can find the right roles for it. I'm gald hes trying out different roles now, so all the best to him.
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1:32PM on 05/10/2011
Reading through the comments makes it sound like Michael Cera has gone to everyone's house and punched their mother.
Reading through the comments makes it sound like Michael Cera has gone to everyone's house and punched their mother.
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12:57PM on 05/10/2011
So everyone complains about how he stays the same character, yet he's trying to go a different route and you still complain? hahahahh.
So everyone complains about how he stays the same character, yet he's trying to go a different route and you still complain? hahahahh.
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1:00PM on 05/10/2011
Because every time he claims to go a "different route", he still acts the same.
Because every time he claims to go a "different route", he still acts the same.
1:04PM on 05/10/2011
I wouldn't say his last few roles were the same, it's his humor that is with the character
I wouldn't say his last few roles were the same, it's his humor that is with the character
3:43PM on 05/10/2011
Just goes to show that people are complaining just to complain.
Just goes to show that people are complaining just to complain.
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10:59AM on 05/10/2011
Wait....Scott Pilgrim wasn't a horror movie?!?
Wait....Scott Pilgrim wasn't a horror movie?!?
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7:52PM on 05/10/2011
Hahaha! -40 for a joke? Must be that time of the month..
Hahaha! -40 for a joke? Must be that time of the month..
10:56AM on 05/10/2011
An original scary movie? How rare.
An original scary movie? How rare.
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10:50AM on 05/10/2011
I don't suppose these fellas below complaining also have a problem with Will Ferrell? He too has been doing the same routine for almost a decade. Or his he just "too funny"?
I don't suppose these fellas below complaining also have a problem with Will Ferrell? He too has been doing the same routine for almost a decade. Or his he just "too funny"?
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10:51AM on 05/10/2011
Big difference between the two for sure. Ferrell has a very funny delivery in his roles, he's clever and has a sense of what makes people think and laugh.

Cera is just awkward and weird.
Big difference between the two for sure. Ferrell has a very funny delivery in his roles, he's clever and has a sense of what makes people think and laugh.

Cera is just awkward and weird.
11:10AM on 05/10/2011
How about you go watch Winter's Passing and Stranger Than Fiction. You can't compare Ferrell and Cera because Cera doesn't know comedy. Will is a legend and doesn't play the same douche character everytime.

I agree with ElderPredator.
How about you go watch Winter's Passing and Stranger Than Fiction. You can't compare Ferrell and Cera because Cera doesn't know comedy. Will is a legend and doesn't play the same douche character everytime.

I agree with ElderPredator.
2:15PM on 05/10/2011
Just because you prefer one comedian's style over the other has nothing to do with it. You're letting the fact that Ferrell has been around for so long affect your critique. Aside from the two films you mentioned, Ferrell uses the same "ridiculous, man-child" act all the time. I don't care whether you like it or not - it's the same thing over and over again.
Just because you prefer one comedian's style over the other has nothing to do with it. You're letting the fact that Ferrell has been around for so long affect your critique. Aside from the two films you mentioned, Ferrell uses the same "ridiculous, man-child" act all the time. I don't care whether you like it or not - it's the same thing over and over again.
3:32PM on 05/10/2011
I like Ferrell, but he clearly plays the same type of character 90% of the time. So do a lot of actors. People just bitch about Cera because people just like to bitch about Cera.
I like Ferrell, but he clearly plays the same type of character 90% of the time. So do a lot of actors. People just bitch about Cera because people just like to bitch about Cera.
10:42AM on 05/10/2011

Always willing to give actors a chance...

But let's face it, he's not getting serious work cause studios and audiences have caught onto his bullshit and don't care anymore. He brings nothing to a film hence box-office bombs. SCOTT PILGRIM was great but not because of him at all.

Everyone can say that his true success was with SUPERBAD but that movie truly belonged to Jonah Hill. Cera was merely background noise.
But let's face it, he's not getting serious work cause studios and audiences have caught onto his bullshit and don't care anymore. He brings nothing to a film hence box-office bombs. SCOTT PILGRIM was great but not because of him at all.

Everyone can say that his true success was with SUPERBAD but that movie truly belonged to Jonah Hill. Cera was merely background noise.
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10:51AM on 05/10/2011
Why is it always the actor's fault? His bullshit? When a role is cast, and the production crew is looking for something specific, they go for it. It just so happens that Cera fit whatever they were looking for in every movie he's been in.
Why is it always the actor's fault? His bullshit? When a role is cast, and the production crew is looking for something specific, they go for it. It just so happens that Cera fit whatever they were looking for in every movie he's been in.
10:54AM on 05/10/2011
It's really not his fault, it's the studios and directors for thinking he actually has acting ability when he doesn't. I agree with you there.

Audiences and studios have caught onto this hence he's getting no work.
It's really not his fault, it's the studios and directors for thinking he actually has acting ability when he doesn't. I agree with you there.

Audiences and studios have caught onto this hence he's getting no work.
8:05PM on 05/10/2011
His ability to act is really up for debate. Personally, I have never been disappointed by any of his films and find him more talented than a large number of current "it" actors in Hollywood.
His ability to act is really up for debate. Personally, I have never been disappointed by any of his films and find him more talented than a large number of current "it" actors in Hollywood.
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10:37AM on 05/10/2011
Maybe this will put an end to the annoying (and false) whining about Cera playing the same character in every movie.

Probably not. If Youth in Revolt didn't do it, this won't, either.
Maybe this will put an end to the annoying (and false) whining about Cera playing the same character in every movie.

Probably not. If Youth in Revolt didn't do it, this won't, either.
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10:39AM on 05/10/2011
That's a big fucking "maybe". Despite loving SCOTT PILGRIM, he was awful in it. Just playing the same guy over and over again.
That's a big fucking "maybe". Despite loving SCOTT PILGRIM, he was awful in it. Just playing the same guy over and over again.
11:11AM on 05/10/2011
Cera plays the same character in every movie.

And ElderPredator is right. He was easily the worst part in the great Scott Pilgrim.
Cera plays the same character in every movie.

And ElderPredator is right. He was easily the worst part in the great Scott Pilgrim.
3:10PM on 05/10/2011
Oh look he put on a fake mustache, now hes playing a whole different character
Oh look he put on a fake mustache, now hes playing a whole different character
3:35PM on 05/10/2011
I expect to see you guys complaining just as much about the next tough guy role Jason Statham plays in an action movie.
I expect to see you guys complaining just as much about the next tough guy role Jason Statham plays in an action movie.
5:42PM on 05/10/2011
No cause we love those kind of roles
No cause we love those kind of roles
10:30AM on 05/10/2011
Michael Cera sucks. Worst part of any movie he is in.

I'd rather have him working at the frozen banana stand.
Michael Cera sucks. Worst part of any movie he is in.

I'd rather have him working at the frozen banana stand.
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10:38AM on 05/10/2011
There's always money in the banana stand.
There's always money in the banana stand.
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