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Jason Sudeikis is an everyman for the early 21st century

Jason Sudeikis is an everyman for the early 21st century

When Jason Sudeikis was making the Farrelly brothers' 2011 comedy "Hall Pass," writer-director Peter Farrelly told the comic actor he reminded him of Jack Lemmon, the everyman Oscar winner who was equally adept at comedy and drama.

"I'm flattered by the comparison, especially given the breath of what I have done to this point," Sudeikis, 40, said recently. "I like the responsibility of being a person who can be a vessel for the story."

During his 10-year stint as a performer on "Saturday Night Live" (before that, he was a writer on the show for two years), Sudeikis excelled at playing, well, jerks, such as Pete Twinkle, the...

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