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Michael Cera Learning Spanish For Collaboration With 'The Maid' Director Sebastian Silva

by Gabe Toro
February 9, 2011 6:17 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Even though many stars and non-stars just adopt the same onscreen persona repeatedly, it seems like Michael Cera has become a whipping boy by those who just need to complain about actors who do good work. Blast on Cera's somewhat limited repertoire of characters all you want, but you can't argue with a body of work that includes "Superbad," "Youth in Revolt" and the supremely underestimated "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." If he wants to play the same character over and over again (which he doesn't), then we don't mind if it results in work like that.

However, it does seem that the unconventional leading man might be looking to re-invent himself. We recently spoke to his "Youth on Revolt" director Miguel Arteta who revealed that we're about to experience a new frontier... Cera En Espanol! It turns out that Cera will be working with "The Maid" director Sebastian Silva on a new project. "He's gonna do a movie with him in Chile," Arteta said. "He's spending five hours a day learning Spanish. He follows his own heart."

Cera wouldn't be the first comedic talent going Spanish. Will Ferrell has already committed to the telenovela spoof formerly titled "Casa De Mi Padre" alongside Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. Could this be a new trend of bilingual comedians? We could think of better ways to introduce foreign cinema to America than involving Ferrell and Cera, but Sebastian Silva is an exciting new director, and we're eager to see Cera work with someone of his caliber.

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  • Macarena | February 10, 2011 9:23 AMReply

    Excelente! Soy de chile y estudio cine, espero que todo resulte lo mejor posible.

  • A.J. | February 10, 2011 5:13 AMReply

    Couldn't be happier about this guy doing another movie, couldn't agree more with the article (that some people just want to complain about good work). I think that loud minority are people who are threatened that he hasn't become a total &^%!. I have to remind, though, that JUNO should be on that list. He really brought-it-home with that flick. Love the kid and think this is an exciting notion.

  • Loken | February 10, 2011 2:41 AMReply

    I always had a soft spot for this kid. I am quite impressed with this news as I took a Spanish course once and failed miserably ! Argh ! I just couldn't get my head around the language, so I definately appreciate how daunting it can be to put yourself out there and try.

    People have been ripping on Cera for a while now to try something new... Frankly, I was satisfied with him learning kung fu for Pilgrim... but this is even more surprising. Good luck Mike; you'll be stronger after this experience...

  • Leo Arriagada | February 10, 2011 12:01 AMReply

    Just marvelous!

  • Chilean wizard of Oz!!!! | February 9, 2011 11:22 AMReply

    Scott Pilgrim in CHILE? Bakan!...Grande Sebastian Silva....ahora a traerse a Ramona Flowers hahahahahahahaha

  • Joel | February 9, 2011 10:00 AMReply

    Can I complain if I thought he personally was bad in the otherwise supremely awesome Scott Pilgrim? Because I thought he got the part almost totally wrong.

  • Christopher Bell | February 9, 2011 7:53 AMReply

    Holy shit! That's awesome! "The Maid" was great, though I missed his newest at NYFF.

  • Daniela Díaz | February 9, 2011 7:19 AMReply

    Me parece genial! Me encanta Michael Cera, lo esperaremos en Chile con los brazos abiertos!!

  • Amanda | February 9, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    I love Michael and I am excited for this upcoming movie. Scott Pilgrim is majorly underrated. It is one of my all-time favorite movies.

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