Michael Cera's new movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist premieres at the London Film Festival on Wednesday, before its wider release in cinemas in January 2009. Paste magazine recently caught up with Michael to talk about the movie, and here's some extracts from their interview:
- On if it's a conscious decision to take larger roles: No, it’s just whatever comes around. It’s just like a gut [feeling]. If you read something and the people feel right—you know, it’s important to click, because sometimes you could really love people but it just doesn’t feel right, and you’re together every day for a long time. I really had a good feeling about this, and I met with Peter [Sollett, the director], and really liked him and wanted to do it and was allowed to.
- On the director Peter Sollett: Yeah, I loved [Raising Victor Vargas] and was a big fan of his, and I was really excited to work with him. And I rehearsed with Pete and Kat [Dennings, who plays Norah], just to get comfortable with each other. She and I had a lot of scenes, so it was helpful that we could talk to each other. We hung out a bit. And I read the book, and we went over the script. It was pretty simple.
- On his first role: I did a commercial when I was nine. But my first real part was—well, I did this Robert Greenwald movie Steal This Movie! But then I was in a children’s show here in Canada called I Was a Sixth Grade Alien that ran for two seasons. But before that I went on a lot of commercial auditions and never got them, which is really disheartening.
To read Michael's thoughts on the entertainment business, characters and the possible Arrested Development continuance, read more.
- On whether he wants to stay in the entertainment business: I think so. There’s pros and cons, I guess. I’m overwhelmed by being recognized. Not that it happens [often], but when it does happen, I don’t know. I get really tense. It’s strange, you know? That’s something that’s making me consider whether I can do this forever, so I don’t know. But I love acting and I love working. I love being on set and working with people. You meet a lot of cool people, really talented people. And that’s fun.
- On playing characters that stay very realistic even when surrounded by absurdity: Yeah, I guess [I do]. In Nick and Norah, nothing really dramatic happens, I mean, not to give away the non-twist, but it’s more grounded. It’s a pretty grounded movie, and it feels authentic, but I think it’s still funny and, you know, not too serious.
- On possible plans for movie versions of Arrested Development: Oh, is there one already? [laughs] People always ask about a movie, but actually I don’t know any more than anyone else does.
You can read the full article and much more in the November issue of Paste magazine, out now.