Actor Michael Austin Cera is from Canada. He is well-known for playing quirky awkward characters in coming-of-age comedies and George Michael Bluth in the Arrested Development sitcom. In The Berenstain Bears, he played the Brother Bear role, making him famous.
He has played various parts in American television and film projects, but in this post we’ll focus on his work in the Barbie movie.
What is the Role of Michael Cera in Barbie Movie?
Michael Cera portrays the clumsy, one-of-a-kind “Allan” in Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed “Barbie” film. The blockbuster film, which stars Margot Robbie as the titular doll who must journey into the real world to find her life’s purpose, features the 35-year-old Canadian actor as Mattel’s discontinued toy.
Since the comedy’s theatrical premiere last month, Cera has won over moviegoers with his uncomfortable and quirky Allan interpretation.
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What did Michael Cera Say About His Role in an Interview?
However, Cera might not have appeared in the movie if a last-minute Zoom conversation with the director hadn’t been set up. He has disclosed that he came extremely close to being cast as the beloved character Allan in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.
The Superbad actor claimed that his casting was “very last-minute” in a recent video interview. Cera said:
“My manager got a call checking on my availability for it and he called me and said ‘I got a call about this movie, it’s the Barbie movie, Greta Gerwig’s directing it and it’s filming in London for four months or something. So I told them you probably wouldn’t want to do it because you probably don’t want to go to London.'”
After this, Cera continued:
“And I was like, ‘What?! What do you mean? Call them back, I mean, he didn’t blow it or anything, but he’s like, ‘I managed their expectations that you might not want to do it.’ And I was like, ‘How could I not do it? I need to do it.’”
After hopping on a Zoom to talk about the part, Cera said, “It all just happened really fast from there.” He referred to Allan as a “sad figure” who “doesn’t have any place in the world” in his own words. Michael added:
“Allan is actually based on a real doll that enjoyed a very short production run.”
Barbie, which debuted in theaters on July 21, has already shattered a number of box office records. It set records as the highest-grossing release for a female filmmaker with worldwide sales exceeding $1 billion.
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