I’ve been a fan of Michael Cera films since I saw Superbad at the cinema. At that time, I was unaware of Arrested Development because it wasn’t played on heavy rotation on main stream channels in the UK.Superbad came straight out of left field and spawned a string of films making legends of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader (@haderonline), Christopher Mintz-Platsse (@MintzPlasse) and of course, Michael Cera (@Michael_Cera).But, I always thought that the my love for the underdog style of comedy that Michael Cera seems to easily invoke was mine alone. Obviously, that comedy would strike a chord with the dissaffected youth but the range of diversity on show at the premier of his latest leading role begged to differ.I popped along to Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of the cast of Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, not only for the leading man but because I also admire Edgar Wright (@edgarwright).
He had a vision for ‘Spaced’, ran with it and ended up in Hollywood (with a little help from Messrs Pegg (@simonpegg) and Frost (@nickjfrost) amongst others).To my surprise and delight, Leicester Square was full to the brim. This was not a bunch of comic fan boys, there was a wide range of clientele here and the most notable were the girls.Michael Cera stepped out of the silver blacked out Mercedes in a red cardigan, cords and brogues with oversized glasses. The girls swooned. But is this really the picture of a sex object?Effectively, this is a skinny, white, American geek.More importantly, this is the epitome of cool.I think that there has been a notable shift in recent years towards this new type of icon. Six packs no longer adorn the desires of the opposite sex.
The likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin are the new poster boys for this generation and the geeks of this world are starting to be recognised.You only have to look at the biggest TV programme of recent years to highlight the plight of the underdog. Glee and the worldwide following of Gleeks is the perfect example of the cultural shift in society.The world is changing, and there is now a more level playing field. Above all, it gives the kids of today hope.People like Michael Cera offer hope that, you may not be in the popular crowd at school, but it isn’t the end of the world.