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Michael Cera vs. Jesse Eisenberg: is this the end of the lovable geek?

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Michael Cera vs. Jesse Eisenberg: is this the end of the lovable geek?

The great geek-off

Ever since he stole our hearts as the Tommy Bahama–bedecked George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development, Brampton boy Michael Cera has been Hollywood’s go-to geek. Not since Lewis and Gilbert took their revenge has any actor done so much to make dorks look cool. He did it in Superbad, then he did it in Juno, then in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and so on. For a while, Cera ruled supreme over all things dweeb, but some recent developments in movieland—namely Jesse Eisenberg’s amazing performance as ruthless Facebook über-geek Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network—have us wondering whether Cera and the era of the lovable Poindexter is officially over.

To settle the debate, we ask that you vote for your preferred geek, but first, a few points to consider.

Big-screen showdown: Rumour has it that Cera was keen to play Facebook’s morally questionable creator in The Social Network. Truthfully, we can’t imagine anyone nailing the unlikely combination of intense nerdiness and obscene A-holeism quite like Eisenberg. Insiders say he’s a shoe-in for a best actor nomination come Oscar season, and we think he deserves it. (Advantage: Eisenberg)

Small-screen chops: If you haven’t seen every last episode of Cera in Arrested Development, we suggest you stop reading this blog entry immediately and get thee to a DVD store. And if you haven’t seen a single episode of Eisenberg’s short-lived TV series Get Real, well, you probably shouldn’t bother because it wasn’t very good. (Advantage: Cera)

Diva factor: Cera is the infamous Arrested Development movie holdout. That’s right. Ron Howard, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and David Cross were in, but Michael Cera wasn’t sure. As if! We needn’t point out that the guy wouldn’t even have a career without AD, but we will anyway. But Eisenberg has also been known to outgrow his britches. During the promotional tour for Adventureland, he answered a question about his co-star Kristen Stewart’s relationship with Robert Pattinson by pointing out that there are people starving in Africa. Oh, get over yourself. (Advantage: neither)

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by Courtney Shea October 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

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  1. No mention of Eisenberg’s solid performances in either Roger Dodger or The Squid and the Whale? (both great films). I’m detecting a little GTA bias here.

    I can’t believe people are still trying to lump these two together. We’re asked who we prefer, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Cera scores higher in the poll, but if you’ve seen more Eisenberg performances outside of Zombieland, you might just reconsider your vote.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:06 am | by Boothe

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