I know Cera can sometimes get a lot of hate, but honestly i think he’s a good actor. I know he gets a lot of flak for playing similar roles, but plenty of other actors/actress’s do the same thing, so that doesn’t really bother me. ANyways, i wasn’t a major fan of his until i saw Youth in Revolt. The reason being solely for his performance as Francois Dillinger, a alternate personality created by the main character. What made his performance so memorable to me is how different it is from his typical roles. It was totally different from his usual awkward shy good-natured teen role. In fact he seemed kind of badass, to me anyways. I have managed to find some clips of that role to better show what i’m talking about(in the second clip Francois doesn’t appear until about 30 seconds in)
Last night i finally got around to seeing Scott Pilgrim, and i was honestly excited to see Cera’s performance. While i definitely enjoyed it, i didn’t enjoy it as much as his Francis role. Even though Scott had some great moments, i don’t feel it completely deviated from his typical awkward shy teen role like Francois.
And so i think Cera should take on edgier roles, like Francois. I am not trying to say he’s a master actor or anything like that, but i do think he has more versatility than he gets credit for. Anyways, i think he is at a point in his career where he has to do something totally different to stay relevant.