Michael Cera has recently had his plate rather full of acting jobs, premiering two films at this year’s Sundance, in addition to reprising the role of George Michael Bluth on the new season of “Arrested Development.” When the cult favorite returned for a fourth season, however, Cera added one more job, as a writer on the show.
The transition to writer began simply as creator Mitch Hurwitz asking him to join the team in the writers’ room, as Cera explained to MTV News’ Josh Horowitz while in Park City, Utah.
“Mitch mentioned to me coming in one day, and I was very excited that he had invited me,” Cera said. “I went in, and he said, ’Come back tomorrow,’ and I kept coming back because I really wanted to stick around until I integrated with them.”
“It was a very small room this year. It was only like five guys. It was really fun and friendly and not too intimidating. There were a few days where there were ten guys in there. I was like ’Woah.’ I felt kind of in over my head. Then he just asked me if I wanted to actually come on and actually work there. It was a nice gift from him to me.”
Fans should be pleased to hear that Cera believes Hurwitz and co. have met the impossibly high expectations. “I think I’m pretty biased, but it feels like one of my favorite seasons. I love it, and I think Mitch is really good at living up to expectations,” Cera said. “He set out to do this really ambitious thing. It’s structured in a very ambitious way. I think he pulled it off. It was really impressive to watch, and he kept it together the whole time.”
As for whether the new season will lead to a movie (as Jason Bateman told us at the Globes), Cera isn’t sure but sees the potential. “I not sure if Mitch is thinking of it like that. It’s open ended in a way. There are a lot of things set up that could be paid off later on, so in that way, I think it’s sort of suggesting that he wants to do more of them.”