Jay Baruchel Going Darker for ‘RoboCop’

Jay BaruchelDespite the fact that Jay Baruchel has films like Million Dollar Baby and Almost Famous under his belt, he’s still largely looked at as a comic sidekick. He’s the skinny housemate in Knocked Up, the dorky fifth-in-command in Tropic Thunder, the no-good ex-boyfriend in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Even his leading roles aren’t too flashy: aside from voicing the hero in How to Train Your Dragon, the actor’s biggest role to date has been as the guy of whose league she is out in She’s Out of My League. But the lanky Undeclared vet is amounting some darker and more serious roles. Recent reports on The Hollywood Reporter are that Baruchel is in talks to take a significant role in the developing Robocop remake.

Baruchel, who should take on the role of an Omnicorp executive, joins a pretty serious cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earl Haley. Samuel Jackson, a lifelong perpetrator of both action and comedy, often at once, also plays a major role. And Hugh Laurie can handle a joke.

So can the lanky, squinty-eyed comedic mainstay really become a dramatic contender? Is Robocop Baruchel’s transition into more serious roles? Could the days of playing pot-addled right-hand man to Seth Rogen be over? The questions amount.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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