Faces to watch in 2010: Entertainment
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Jay Baruchel, actor( Jocelyn Michel )
Jay Baruchel is apologizing in advance if moviegoers suddenly grow sick of him. "The last thing I want to do is cram myself down someone's throat," the 27-year-old costar of "Tropic Thunder" and "Knocked Up" says of his 2010 deluge. "Out of nowhere, I have four things coming out in five months. It's terrifying."
Suggesting there's far more to the Canadian comic than goofy sidekick parts, Baruchel plays the lead romantic character in the highly touted comedy "She's Out of My League" (March 12), supplies the voice of the central, underachieving viking in the animated "How to Train Your Dragon" (March 26) and has nothing less than the title role in the summer tentpole "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (July 16). Art-house audiences also may see him in "The Trotsky," due in early 2010.
Baruchel, whose stagnating kid-actor career was turned around with Judd Apatow's 2001 TV series "Undeclared," says that actually , he'd rather be behind the camera. "All I've ever wanted to do," he says, "is to write and direct horror movies."
-- John Horn