Where are the stars of Superbad now?

It turns out that the raunchy teen comedy launched Oscar winners and megastars

Outrageous, daring, sex-obsessed and yet strangely touching: it’s time to remember what was so good about Superbad and see what its brilliant cast members are up to now

Superbad, Friday 5 October, 9pm, Sony Movie Channel (CH 425)

Superbad stars Jonah Hill as Seth and Michael Cera as Evan, two teens about to graduate from high school and determined to have one epic party before they go their separate ways for college. They want to get drunk and they want to get girls.

 

All seems to be on track when their friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) turns up with a fake ID – but in fact, that’s when their night starts to go seriously off the rails. While the film has loads of raunchy humour, bad language and bickering, it’s also a really affectionate portrayal of male friendship through thick and thin.

 

Back in 2007, Superbad was a critical and commercial hit but didn’t seem like a film that would make much impact beyond that. And yet one of its stars is an Oscar winner, another a multiple nominee and a third has just won a best actor Emmy. So we thought we’d look at what they’ve all been doing since and see who has had the most super-good career…

 

Jonah Hill

Then: Seth

Now: Hill has worked with Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), the Coen Brothers (Hail Caesar!) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street). He’s landed two Oscar nominations, for Wolf… and Moneyball, and established himself as a writer on the Jump Street films, Sausage Party and the forthcoming Mid90s. Not bad for someone who started out with that haircut.

 

Michael Cera

Then: Evan

Now: In the same year as Superbad, Cera appeared as Ellen Page’s baby daddy in the Oscar-winning Juno. He was an unlikely action hero in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and played an obnoxious version of himself in This Is The End. But while he’s been busy on lots of projects, it’s the five seasons of ingenious comedy Arrested Development that have done the most to keep him in the public eye. After all, there’s always money in the banana stand.

 

Emma Stone


Then:
 Jules

Now: Superbad was Stone’s movie debut, but she became the film’s biggest breakout star. She reinforced her comedy chops with Zombieland and Easy A, romanced a superhero in The Amazing Spider-Man, and won an Oscar for her heartfelt, twinkle-toed turn in La La Land. Recently, she reunited with Hill for the mind-bending Netflix series Maniac, and will soon be back on screens in The Favourite, a period drama from wildly acclaimed indie director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), followed by Zombieland 2. Presumably conquering the world is next on her to-do list.

 

Seth Rogen

Then: Officer Michaels

Now: Rogen wrote the screenplay for Superbad with long-time friend and partner Evan Goldberg and the pair’s career took off once it proved a hit, as they moved into directing (This Is The End and The Interview) and created hit TV show Preacher. Rogen’s still acting too, in roles ranging from a talking frankfurter (Sausage Party) to a harassed husband in the Bad Neighbours movies to Pumbaa in the upcoming remake of The Lion King. And now he’s going respectable as Walter Cronkite, the legendary TV newsman who told a nation about President Kennedy’s murder, in Newsflash. Maybe he hopes to follow in Hill and Stone’s footsteps. Seth Rogen, Oscar winner? Imagine how hard he’d giggle if he won.

 

Bill Hader

Then: Officer Slater

Now: The long-time Saturday Night Live star recently won an Emmy for his brilliant work in the depressed-hitman comedy Barry (which he also co-created), proving that any workplace can provide laughs if you look hard enough. But look at his career and you see serious range: from the tragi-comic The Skeleton Twins to Fear itself in Pixar’s Inside Out to a romantic lead in Trainwreck to a monster fighter in the upcoming It: Chapter Two.

 

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Then: Fogell

Now: His role as the self-styled McLovin made Mintz-Plasse one of the breakout stars of Superbad, but he became somewhat typecast as the nerdy kid whose abilities don’t match his ambitions in films like Role ModelsFright Night and Kick-Ass. It’s in voice work that he’s shown a little more versatility, playing sensitive sidekick Fishlegs in the How To Train Your Dragon films and spin-off shows, King Gristle in kids’ hit Trolls and Son in the bizarre online puppet sitcom Blark And Son. His characters still tend to be nerdy, but at least they’re getting a little more likeable…

 

Superbad, Friday 5 October, 9pm, Sony Movie Channel (CH 425)

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