Watch: Michael Cera's Directorial Debut Is an Odd Short Film Featuring Charles Grodin and 'Milkshake' Singer Kelis

Watch: Michael Cera's Directorial Debut Is an Odd Short Film Featuring Charles Grodin and 'Milkshake' Singer Kelis

Apr 23, 2013

The list of actors we never thought we'd see direct their own projects includes Keanu Reeves (yes, really) and Michael Cera. The fact that they are now directors will either excite you or not faze you in the slightest. We'll let you decide.

Yesterday, Cera made his directorial debut with Brazzaville Teen-Ager, which he also stars in. He's joined by Charles Grodin and R&B singer Kelis for the short film adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman’s 1966 story. Brazzaville follows a young man who tries to connect with his dying father by enlisting his curmudgeonly boss and the "Milkshake" singer to perform a song for him. Cera plays a familiar character here, and there are plenty of quietly uncomfortable moments, interestingly shot. The project was produced by company Jash, formed by funny lady Sarah Silverman, Cera, comedy duo Tim & Eric, and musically inclined comedian Reggie Watts. Jash prides itself on being the "first fully realized network to offer all its comedic partners complete creative autonomy."

Cera just wrapped work on the Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen-directed apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, which hits theaters on June 12. We'll also be seeing him in the upcoming Arrested Development series for Netflix. Let us know what you make of the first-time director's 19-minute movie, below.

[via EW]

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