Typecast as: Awkward indie teen
Notable examples: Arrested Development, Youth in Revolt, Superbad, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Juno, Year One, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
After playing George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development for three seasons, it looked like Michael Cera was set to break out into the comedy world in a big way. And at first it seemed like he did after brilliantly playing another awkward teen in Superbad. Then he played another socially inept young man in Juno, and another one in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and another one in Youth in Revolt, and another one in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. You get the picture.
Now that Cera is getting older, his trendy, geeky, hipster veneer is getting harder and harder to swallow. If he doesn’t do something about this typecasting soon, we’re afraid he’s going to go the 90210 route and play a high school kid well into his 30s.