Fans in pilgrimage to stars
Hollywood A-lister in capital for film premiere
MICHAEL Cera has come a long way in a short time.
The 22-year-old star of teen-inspired black comedies 'Juno' and 'Superbad' had dozens of adoring teenage fans queuing outside a Dublin radio station at dawn yesterday, three hours before an interview to promote his latest film 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' was due to start.
Even more fans waited patiently in the rain for an autograph last night as he and 'Twilight' star Anna Kendrick and funnyman Jason Schwartzman ('The Darjeeling Limited') graced the red carpet at Dublin's Cineworld for the Irish premiere of the film adaptation of the cult comic book series.
The film, which will open at cinemas across Ireland on August 25, is shaping up to the sleeper hit of the summer.
But fame hasn't gone to the head of the Canadian star, whose first role on the small screen was as an eight-year-old extra promoting a summer camp programme for the Tim Horton's coffee shop chain.
Asked if he has been recognised by fans as he wandered around the streets of the capital yesterday -- including a mini shopping spree in Tower Records -- Cera played down his star appeal.
"A little bit. The ones with extreme social impediments seem to the most attracted."
As for whether he is ever mistaken for other celebrities, he replied: "Constantly. Tom (Cruise), John (Travolta), Ben (Stiller), Matt (Damon) and Geena (Davis)."
But despite his current status as an up-and-coming Hollywood A-lister, his feet seem to be firmly planted on the ground. And his latest role hits closer to home -- literally -- than most fans realise.
Set in Toronto -- an hour's commute from Brampton, Ontario, where he grew up -- he plays a jobless Canadian slacker in a mediocre garage band who must battle the "seven evil ex-boyfriends" of his new hearthrob Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, in order to win her heart. The series -- written by fellow Torontonian Bryan Lee O'Malley -- has become a cult hit for the under-35s.
His co-star Schwartzman, who is a cousin of A-list star Nicolas Cage, was equally down-to-earth as he joked with the media about their adventures in Dublin yesterday, including getting lost in St Stephen's Green.
"We got some CDs and were invited to go for beers with Damo and the whole 'cast' at Tower Records," he revealed.
Anna Kendrick -- who has gained international recognition for her role as Jessica Stanley in the hit vampire series, was equally laid back .
"I did some unsuccessful shopping and walked around Trinity College a bit, which was beautiful," she said.
And unlike her last role as the hardcore HR pitbull who relishes sacking people in 'Up In The Air' starring George Clooney, Kendrick said she was pretty much able to play herself as Scott Pilgrim's little sister.
"I am kind of bossy as a sister. I just played myself. I have the exact same relationship with my older brother," she said.