Jul 16 2010 3:14 PM EDT 1,511
Michael Cera Recalls Hanging With ‘Jersey Shore’ Cast
‘We got drunk … and danced and got in a hot tub and ate pizza,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ star says.

By Jocelyn Vena

While he’s made a splash in a string of lovable, if nerdy, roles, Michael Cera took on a new part of sorts earlier this year when he allowed the cast of the “Jersey Shore” to give him a very special, personalized makeover. Now, in a new interview with Playboy, the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” star recounts the time he spent with Snooki, the Situation and rest of the crew.

“Actually, it was one of the most pleasant days I’ve had in a long time,” Cera says in the magazine’s August issue. “We got drunk and laughed and danced and got in a hot tub and ate pizza. It was sort of like my 8th birthday party.”

While he has no plans to resurrect his “guido” look anytime soon, next up, Cera will star in August 13’s “Scott Pilgrim,” and he addresses critics who say his onscreen work tends to appeal, a bit too much maybe, those living in nerd-land.

“I would say this movie is both a nerd and a non-nerd’s dream come true. For the nerds, there are lots of Nintendo references and sound effects, and the non-nerds will enjoy making fun of all the nerds in the theater exploding with joy, and afterward, will possibly beat them all up.”

When talk turned to his “Scott Pilgrim” co-star Anna Kendrick, Cera readily responds to the question of how he stacks up against Kendrick’s “Up in the Air” leading man, George Clooney.

” ‘Natural transition’ is not the phrase I would use. ‘Handsome transition’ seems to be a better phrase to encapsulate what that lucky girl has experienced,” Cera joked.

“Unfortunately, Anna and I got to work together for only one day,” he continued. “Though she plays my sister in the movie, one of our biggest scenes together takes place over the phone, and we shot our respective sides of the conversation at completely different times on the shooting schedule. She regrets that we weren’t able to spend more time together,” he added. “We got close enough for me to feel comfortable in assuming that.”