In 'Youth in Revolt,' the quivery voiced, fresh-faced Cera makes pointed sexual references, wears blue eye contacts and sunglasses, and always smokes a cigarette. Of course, this is his character's fictional alter-ego, Francois Dillinger, a Frenchman in tight clothes and with a towering libido. (Cera also plays Nick Twisp, the typical lovestruck namby-mamby we know and love, who falls for Portia Doubleday and is committed to winning her over by showing his rebellious side.) Forget that undeniably lovable -- but undeniably similar -- Michael Cera we saw in fan favorites like 'Superbad,' 'Juno' and 'Arrested Development.' We're about to see an entirely new Michael Cera in January's 'Youth in Revolt.'
In 'Youth in Revolt,' the quivery voiced, fresh-faced Cera makes pointed sexual references, wears blue eye contacts and sunglasses, and always smokes a cigarette. Of course, this is his character's fictional alter-ego, Francois Dillinger, a Frenchman in tight clothes and with a towering libido. (Cera also plays Nick Twisp, the typical lovestruck namby-mamby we know and love, who falls for Portia Doubleday and is committed to winning her over by showing his rebellious side.)
Moviefone caught up with the real Michael Cera to talk about his 'Youth'-ful roles and future endeavors -- yes, including that 'Arrested Development' movie.
Did you read C.D. Payne's 1993's 'Youth in Revolt' before doing this movie?
I knew the book pretty well before I was attached to the movie. I had read it a few times and really loved it. This book was given to me years ago, when I was 16. So for a long time, I was just really interested in being a part of it. Finally, when it got moving, I was attached to it.
Where did the Francois character come from?
It was all in the writing I think. The character was really established in the book. That character was already established in my mind. I was just trying to do it justice how it was written in the book. There were some parts in the movie where he's a little scarier than at other times. Other times, he is just kind of funny. It just depended what was going on. My favorite thing to do was with Ray Liotta, where I have a standoff with him. I was challenging him. That was a lot of fun to play.
What happened to your mustache?
It was fine. It was a little constricting. It changes the way you're able to use your mouth. But I had a lot of fun putting it on. My friend Roz Music was the makeup woman on this movie, so it was fun getting to do this with her everyday. They didn't fit me for it, they just designed it. I don't [still] have it. I think Roz probably has it. I wish I had it.
Are you more like Nick or Francois?
I don't know. I don't know which one I am more similar to. Somewhere down the middle? I'm not a mustachioed French person.
You had to play a 16-year-old in this movie.
That's the thing about this character ... he is sort of an old soul. He doesn't really talk like a 16-year-old, and the book is written that way. C.D. Payne was in his 40s when he wrote it, and it sounds like a 40-year-old man. But it really works for the character, as someone who is wise beyond his age.
What is the latest with the 'Arrested Development' feature?
I don't think they know when they're going to shoot because there is no script yet. I think it all depends on that.
Why would you be excited to do that movie?
It's just really cool because I love being around those people. I love Mitch Hurwitz and I think he is going to direct it. He is someone who means a lot to me. He's just a really big inspiration to me. I am really looking forward to working with him as a director. Also, all those people are really good people. I am excited to get to be around them all at once.
Would the movie cater to the show's new generation of fans?
I don't really know. I think [new fans have followed because of] DVD. When it was on, it seemed like people kind of knew about it. But it's one of these shows that you have to be watching from the beginning to understand the humor of it, because it's self-referential. It's character-based jokes. If you were to tune into an episode of the second season, and had no context, it may seem hard to appreciate the humor of it. I think on DVD, it's a different thing, where people can go through at their own pace. That's the feeling I get. But with the movie, I don't know, it's really hard to tell. But I hope people would go see it.
Has fame changed how you live you life?
No, not really. It changes some things -- you are more aware of people around you, if you're being recognized or not. For the most part, I get pretty lucky. People are pretty nice with me, and not obnoxious. You're aware of it. It's just a weird feeling when you feel people watching you. It's something you can't help but be aware of.
You recently wrapped a seven-month shoot for 'Scott Pilgrim Saves the World.' Was that grueling?
Everyone on it is amazing. I got to spend a lot of time on it with people I really love. I got to see a lot of the process because I'm working throughout the movie, so I got to see a lot of different people's performances. We trained in the beginning. It was kind of a bonding experience and made everyone comfortable with everyone. It became its own world. I have never worked on something nearly that long. It really becomes kind of your own world. You're in a bubble. You wake up and go to work. In your spare time, you sleep and watch movies. It's strange how all consuming it is. I miss it now. I had a really great time and am excited to see it.
What kind of world were you trying to create?
[Director Edgar Wright] has been thinking about that movie for three years. He's the one that created the world, I was the one that felt lucky to be a part of it. He created this world, it's got everything, a lot of heart. But it's this really insane world, it's a kind of a heightened reality. It doesn't feel like real life, the pacing of it. It's like how the graphic novels read. It was really fun to see it come together.
What's after 'Scott Pilgrim'?
I don't have any jobs lined up. See what comes along, keep my eyes open. I haven't been going on vacation, but it's been nice having time off to see friends and catch up with people. It' so weird when you go on a job for that long to keep up with people, so I have been trying to get back in the swing of living out here.