michael cera in ann arbor

I know I said the other day that I wasn’t going to go out and try to score interviews with any of the Hollywood types that are blowing through the area. But that was before I knew that Arrested Development’s Michael Cera was among them. Now, I’m reconsidering.

Maybe the rest of you already knew this, but in addition to the Drew Barrymore movie shooting in Ypsi, and the indie film about the college art student filming in Ann Arbor, there’s a bit of work being done locally on a film starring Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi and Michael Cera called Youth in Revolt. The film, as I understand it, is being shot for the most part in Texas, but they’re doing a bit of work here in Michigan, in order to take advantage of the Governor Granholm’s incentives. Most of it’s being done in Royal Oak, but I’m told that some is being shot on Ann Arbor’s South First Street.

As they’re wrapping local production this Thursday, I don’t have much time to act. I just called and left a message for the publicity department at Dimension Films, so I suppose there’s a slight chance that someone there might respond to me. Not wanting to count on that, however, I’ve decided to also make this rare request of you, my readers… If you see Michael Cera, please ask him to contact me.

I’d originally had another idea, but Linette talked me out of it. I was going to scan in a flyer that I’d drawn, post it here, and ask that you all print it and tape it up around Ann Arbor. The poster showed me and Cera sitting down together, having a rollicking good time discussing life. Linette, however, talked me out of it. She said that, if he saw it, it would, “scare the shit out of him.” I didn’t think it was that bad, but, having been told before that I have the handwriting of a psychopath, I decided to defer to her… If you want, however, please feel free to make a poster of your own saying, “Michael Cera, contact Mark Maynard at your earliest convenience,” or something along those lines. Just do me a favor and try not to do it in a way that might elicit pant-shitting terror. And you might also want to mention that, in addition to running one of the most read blogs in Michigan, I publish an award-winning magazine (Crimewave), and I’ve interviewed “everyone who is anyone in the entertainment business, from Peter Falk to Daniel Johnston.” (If it carries any weight with him, I’ve also interviewed his Arrested Development cast-mate David Cross.)

As of right now, I’m not really sure what I’d ask him, but I’m sure I could come up with something. Maybe we’d talk about how much he looks and acts like a me when I was young. (Celebrities, I’ve found, really enjoy being interviewed about me.) Or, maybe we’d talk about how much more popular I would have been as a young man if he’d preceded me. I generally don’t have a good idea where these conversations will go when I start one. I usually just jump in — most often with some narcissistic point of reference — and then just see where the conversation leads. Most of the time, it works… Hopefully he’s game.

So, now get out there and find Michael Cera.

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  1. Kevin
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I loves me the Michael Cera.

    As for who he looks like, it’s a cross between Mark and Grandpa Al Lewis.

  2. Lost in Ypsi
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Any fan of Michael Cera should go to funnyordie.com and watch the interview of him by Zack Galifinakis in the “Between Two Ferns” segment. Comedic Gold..

  3. Lost in Ypsi
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Oops…didn’t see Marks link. Good find Mark..

  4. Meta
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    According to the Ann Arbor News, he was only in town Monday:


  5. Meta
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    He pays with $100 bills:


  6. Posted July 29, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Molly saw him at Knight’s last night. She said, “I saw that dude from Juno at Knight’s.” in an email to me regarding this link I sent her thinking she would appreciate all that is very, very wrong with this (being she’s into feet and all). Btw, the rest of the website is awesome, too, so I’m sharing with you/your readers (thanks to mi esposo for cluing me in to this precious gem).


  7. Auntie Ypsilanti
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    You interviewed Daniel Johnston?! Was this before or after the documentary? Did he say anything anomalous about Casper the Friendly Ghost or the number 9? Did you sit around and make beats on his Casio together?

  8. Posted July 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I was in town. People asked me for six autographs. I gave them a record by Autograph.

  9. Robert
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    They’re filming a two minute action sequence for Youth In Revolt. It is pretty much all stunt people there this week. They’re crashing a convertable Lincoln into a building set on Wednesday and then blowing the whole mess up on Thursday. They may extend filming into Friday if need be.

  10. Robert
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah, and did you forget to mention my friend Jean Smart is in the film too? We go way back…to December, in Iowa.

  11. Terry
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I found a store on ebay VIP Auctions that sells clothes and other items actually used on Arrested Development. Mark, you could buy Tobias Funke’s cut-offs for yourself and other items for the rest of the family and cosplay the show. I don’t know anybody who cosplays Arrested Development so you could be the first.

  12. mark
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    When you say “blowing the whole mess up,” Robert, do you really mean that they’ll be exploding the car? If so, I wonder where they’ll do it…

    And thanks, everyone, for letting me know, long after the fact, where I could have found Mr. Cera. It’s appreciated.

    And, yeah, I’ve interviewed Daniel. We didn’t get into a lot of detail concerning his cast of reoccurring characters, as I recall, though. I can’t remember what we talked about, but I think it was interesting. If I can find the time, I’ll scan the interview and post it here.

    And, absolutely, I should have the Tobias Funke cut-offs! Can we start taking up a collection?

  13. Robert
    Posted July 31, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Mark, they are blowing up the car a trailer and most of the building set they constructed. They’re scheduled to do it today.

  14. Ty
    Posted July 31, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    You have to be a young plump blond girl to get his attention.


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