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question of the day: Which ‘Superbad’ guy has the best prospects for a long career?

Today’s question comes from reader Avi, who wonders:

Which Superbad guy has the best prospects for a long career?

Those guys are, of course, are the stars of the 2007 hit Superbad, which cost only $20 million to produce and earned $120 million. Those guys have gone on to regular work:

• Jonah Hill is currently appearing in Cyrus, and was in this spring’s Get Him to the Greek
• Christopher Mintz-Plasse stars in Kick-Ass, just out on DVD in Region 1; he also supplied voices in this year’s How to Train Your Dragon and Marmaduke

• Michael Cera, about to increase his fame-Q considerably with this week’s release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; he also appeared this year in Youth in Revolt

A few years ago, I probably would have predicted that Cera would have the best chances for a decent career, but he’s spent the years since Superbad taking on very similar roles: he’s already letting himself get stereotyped. Hill is clearly trying to stretch, and Cyrus definitely shows he has real talent. But I suspect that Mintz-Plasse could have the most luck: he can play villains, as Kick-Ass showed, and that’s always key to Hollywood longevity for any actor who doesn’t mind if he’s not playing romantic or heroic leads.

What do you think?

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  • Natet

    Jonah Hill seems to be showing the most range right now as he also played down his jerk/motormouth persona for Get Him to the Greek. Cera better hope Scott Pilgrim breaks out or else he’s going to have a very tough time getting gigs after three straight flops.

  • JoshDM

    Plasse wins, hands down. If Hill isn’t careful, he may succumb to Chris Farley-ism. Cera has too much competition from look-alike Jesse Eisenberg.

  • MaryAnn

    If Hill isn’t careful, he may succumb to Chris Farley-ism.

    If Farley had anything beyond “Hey look at the big fat guy” to offer, we never saw it. Hill so far seems to have more soul, and more interest in creating characters, not making a spectacle out of himself. (I’m talking about onscreen, of course — I’m not making judgments about them as people, just about what they give onscreen.)

    Cera has too much competition from look-alike Jesse Eisenberg.

    Agreed. And Eisenberg has, so far, chosen a far greater range of material, even if it means working in low-budget indies.

  • Chris

    I don’t see how Cera can have a long career, given his choices thus far. I’ve seen him ACT, really. It’s the same character, more or less, in almost every film.

    Maybe he’ll reinvent himselt, I don’t know. I don’t wish him any ill luck, but it’s just reality

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