If you hate-read Deborah Solomon’s “Questions for” column in the New York Times Magazine every week, today’s interview with Michael Cera will stand out as a classic. The 21-year-old has the charming ability to exude politeness while giving stupid questions their appropriate answers. He’s Solomon’s perfect foil:
Solomon: In your new film, you’re more of a Holden Caulfield character, a kid of uncommon sensitivity in a disjointed, junk-filled landscape.
Cera: That’s very nice.
Solomon: Do you see yourself as fundamentally Canadian?
Cera: I don’t know. I’m not stereotypically Canadian. I don’t really follow hockey. I don’t feel like anything other than myself, basically.
Then Solomon criticizes Cera for skiing because it’s dangerous and suggests that he owes his entire critically acclaimed career to a hairline fracture on his nose, because that’s what she does. You can almost see Cera’s eyes rolling while reading it.