Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Interviews: Michael Cera & Kat Dennings

From The A.V. Club:

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as the titular characters, celebrates an eternal phenomenon: the lifelong love of music that begins in adolescence. The film follows Dennings and Cera's tentative courtship over the course of an adventurous night in New York. Cera, a sensitive bass player, still pines for his manipulative ex-girlfriend. ("I know you, I know your make. You're an emo-punk-band boy," Dennings shouts at him in one scene. "They could make action figures out of you—drummer not included.") Dennings plays the ultra-hip daughter of a famous record producer. How it will end is never really in question, as they spend the film going to clubs, talking about music, and occasionally letting it speak for them. There's also no question of whether other actors could have played these roles: Cera builds on the sweetly hapless character he developed on Fox's Arrested Development, and Dennings is equally natural as an insecure smartass. The roles aren't far removed from their natural personalities, lending an authenticity to characters that could otherwise fall flat inside the teen-movie template. After a pre-release screening for the public in Chicago, The A.V. Club talked to Dennings and Cera about flannel, music, and being total poseurs.

Interview found here.

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