Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jay Baruchel featured in Robocop reboot

Ottawa-born Jay Baruchel is by many accounts a modest Canadian.

While many actors who have broken into Hollywood spend their earnings lavishly on fancy homes, luxury cars and designer clothes, Jay seems to be straying from the behaviour of his contemporaries.

Baruchel has starred alongside great actors in big-budget films, from his good friend Seth Rogen in Knocked Up and again recently in This is the End, to Alfred Molina and Nicholas Cage in Disney's the Sorcerer's Apprentice, and let's not forget Million Dollar Baby with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank.

In the recently released Robocop, a reboot of the 1987 cult classic, Baruchel plays Tom Pope. Baruchel was just five years old when the original film hit the big screen. Pope, a well-dressed marketing executive for the Omni Consumer Products corporation, is a departure from Baruchel's real-life persona, as is his character's slick attitude.

The film has performed modestly at the box office, struggling against the originality of the Lego Movie. While the original Robocop film looked to the future of law enforcement and stamping out crime in a downtrodden Detroit, the new film focusses on the advancements in modern weaponry and drone warfare. Here's a look at how far we've come technologically in the 27 years since the original film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jay Baruchel only has one Jewish grandparent, his paternal grandfather.

For future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Andrew Garfield, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zoey Deutch.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.