Even in the middle of Chile, you can’t avoid your past.
Michael Cera was filming his new movie “Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus” (opening Friday at the Music Box) when it happened. “I would be walking along and I’d hear people scream, ‘Superbad.’ I guess it’s a classic.”
In “Crystal Fairy,” Cera is a young man traveling in Chile with an eccentric companion (Gaby Hoffman). He’s on a quest to find a fabled hallucinogen.
“Sebastian [Silva, the director] and I were talking about doing another movie, but we couldn’t get it financed,” he says. “We were ready to go when the rug was pulled out. He proposed we go and make another movie and had this story in mind.”
He says his character is “one of those guys who is not in tune with his surroundings. He’s fixated on this idea. He’s semi-destructive because he’s unaware. He doesn’t plan to screw it up. He’s only really doing harm to himself.
“Everyone else is immune to his venom.”
Cera didn’t just move to Chile. “I lived with Sebastian’s mother and brothers there for three months. I was adopted by his family. But it was great to immerse myself in another culture.”
He was back in the States for the big “Arrested Development” comeback. “I didn’t really have any sense of how it would be received. But people would always ask me about it. It was nice to have the audience waiting for it.
“This was also a different experience for us. The show was always struggling,” he says. “So when it was canceled, I moved on. I didn’t believe we would come back. I didn’t even believe it until we were on the set.”
What about more “Arrested Development?” “I really don’t know if it will happen. I think everybody wants to do it again,” he says.
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