Michael Cera and Director Miguel Arteta Exclusive Video Interview YOUTH IN REVOLT – TIFF ’09

     September 23, 2009

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Last week, at the Toronto Film Festival, I did interviews for the Weinstein Company’s “Youth in Revolt”. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the film is based on the novel by C.D. Payne and it’s the story of Nick Twisp –  a teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini – and he’s played by Michael Cera. While the film is still many months from getting released (Jan 15th, 2010), I really enjoyed the film and want to start building some buzz….so I’m posting the interviews now. Also, there will probably be another press day closer to release, so these interviews would be very old

Anyway, after the jump you can watch my interview with Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta. They talk about how they worked together to make the film, why Michael really wanted to be involved, and you can see Michael try and copy what’s written on my shirt. It’s a funny interview so take a look.

youth in revolt movie image Michael Cera.jpgHere’s the synopsis in case you want to know more:

In the tradition of Catcher in the Rye, and starring Michael Cera, YOUTH IN REVOLT is a coming-of-age comedy that puts a fresh and outrageous stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion. Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, YOUTH IN REVOLT is the story of Nick Twisp who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation.  But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheeni’s encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois.  With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences. The film also Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, Fred Willard and Zach Galifianakis


Michael Cera and director Miguel Arteta

  • Michael starts off trying to make the “blog” look on my shirt with his hands. We then discuss the blood gang symbol.
  • How did Miguel and Michael work together on the movie
  • I talk about how Michael plays a similar character in all his films but this role is a nice change
  • What was cut and what will end up on the DVD
  • They each talk about what it coming up

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