Peole just don’t understand my enthusiasm for Jason Bateman. I mean, I sat through Couples Retreat because of him (okay, and because I like Swingers). And as much as I absolutely love Arrested Development, my personal favourite Jason Bateman performance is in 2007’s Juno. Even more than Juno‘s twisty script and Ellen Page’s revelatory performance, I really treasure Bateman’s performance, and his character Mark, in a weird way. He’s immature, and hardly someone that you would root for, but Mark almost turned out to be the emotional core of the movie, for me.
So when I heard that Bateman would be appearing on a talk show hosted by Juno writer Diablo Cody (AND that said talk show would take place in an Airstream trailer), I was pretty excited. The ten-minute interview is up on the Red Band Trailer YouTube channel, and it’s a ton of fun to watch. Cody is quick and self-depricating, and the two of them seem to have a grand old time together. I have to admit, though, I am a little confused by Bateman’s surprisingly earnest assurances that he’s, “Just kidding”, after a few particularly dry barbs. Since when has Jason Bateman ever not assumed that everyone in the world shares his particular brand of humour?
You can watch the Jason Bateman interview below, and you may also want to check out Adam Brody’s appearance on Red Band Trailer. Oh, Seth Cohen. You’re actually pretty clever.