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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg: Same Different People



How is it that Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg are so much alike, not only in the looks department but in the acting department as well. At first I thought I was tripping, and then I began to wonder, hey is that guy in the Social Network the same guy from  Super Bad? 

And then I went online and googled their names together, like, “Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg…”, I did this after I watched the Academy Awards and saw Jesse Eiseneberg in the running for the Best Actor Oscar. When I googled them the funniest thing happened, there were other queries for the exact same thing! So, I wasn’t the only one wondering if they were the same person. Hey, there were pictures posted and everything, comparing them to each other, and some even had the two of them in the same poses and dressed alike (that’s the one I borrowed for this blog). 

But upon closer inspection of the pictures, I began to see the differences in their features; Michael Cera has more of the Vulcan type features, and Jesse Eisenberg looks more like a Cardassian, complete with the square forehead and all, sans the ripples and wrinkles. Actually, if you look at Jesse Eisenberg long enough he will begin remind you of a younger Howard Stern, not he Howard we know today, but the Howard Stern from the bio-pic Private Parts.

I recently watched a movie titled, Adventureland but I may as well have  been watching Juno. I say this because although Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg’s features are slightly different, their acting style is the same. Even though Jesse Eisenberg goes on long dialogue riffs in his monologues, they still have that distinct, innocent-but-hip vibe in their presentation. They, like Vince Vaughn, are always themselves when acting. No, I’m not comparing them to Vince Vaughn, I mean, hey I could have very well have used Woody Allen as an example in this analogy, or Gary Busey for that matter, the point being, certain actors, no matter what the role, they are always themselves. 

Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg are not the same person, but they are more alike than different. Thus, the title of this blog; they are the same different people.

Stevie Mack is a blogger for various reasons, the main one being his love of entertainment

4 comments:

Brotha Malcolm said...

" THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYIN A LONG TIME NOW - ABOUT WHAT HE JUST SAID IN REFERENCE TO WHAT YOUSE JUST READ HIM TALK ABOUT " ;-D...

Anonymous said...

" THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYIN A LONG TIME NOW - ABOUT WHAT HE JUST SAID IN REFERENCE TO WHAT YOUSE JUST READ HIM TALK ABOUT " ;-D...

Jim said...

I doubt Cera can give that same level of dramatic performance Eisenberg did in The Social Network.

Cera is mainly a comedic actor, that's his forte. Eisenberg does both drama and comedy but his real forte lies in drama. Just watch some of his little known works like The Squid and the Whale and Holly Rollers, he is a very detailed actor. Cera, while endearing and funny, just lacks in the dramatic department. So while Eisenberg can do Cera's roles, Cera cannot do Eisenberg's roles.

Comedian Stevie Mack said...

Jim, that’s a very good perspective. Thanks you for your detailed analysis, it is right on point!