"Juno" and "Superbad" actor Michael Cera is known for playing awkward, bumbling characters — and his satirical recent New Yorker piece is no different.
Titled "My Man Jeremy," Cera details begins: "One day I received a text message from a phone number I did not recognize. Intrigued, I replied, and thus began an intimate and illuminating correspondence."
It starts innocently enough:
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/5 9:46 PM
sup you comnig to this thing?
MICHAEL 12/5 9:46 PM
hi oops I don’t know this number. I’m Michael, who is this?
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/5 9:58 PM
oops my mistake
MICHAEL 12/5 9:58 PM
hahahaha no problem—happens. . .where are you anyway? Like what city? Los Angeles? or. . .
MICHAEL 12/5 10:06 PM
I’m in LA
MICHAEL 12/5 10:34 PM
haha. I don’t really recognize your area #
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/6 11:39 AM
oh shit just saw yur messages yea I live north of la wish i lived down there tho :p
MICHAEL 12/8 7:11 AM
didn’t catch your name btw. . .
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/9 12:39 PM
yah my name is jeremy i live in delano ca. had your number confused with a friend from la lol. sorry bout that. peace
Cera eventually ends up telling the stranger that he's a famous actor:
MICHAEL 12/6 1:30 PM
you should come to town one night and I’ll take you to a party at my buddy Michael Cera’s house
MICHAEL 12/6 1:43 PM
the actor haha
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/7 4:53 PM
you know him? yahh man thad be sick hes a cool
MICHAEL 12/7 4:59 PM
really? you don’t think his range is limited?
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/7 5:04 PM
lol nah whadever may be true
MICHAEL 12/7 5:14 PM
MICHAEL 12/7 5:19 PM
anyway i was just kidding before that’s actually me
MICHAEL 12/7 5:25 PM
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/7 5:37 PM
huh? yur michael cera??
MICHAEL 12/7 5:38 PM
UNKNOWN NUMBER 12/7 5:39 PM
MICHAEL 12/7 5:41 PM
yes except I spell it with capital letters at the beginning of my first and last names, kind of like a display of common respect kind of thing
MICHAEL 12/7 11:48 PM
but yeah I’m that Michael Cera. . .
The two go on to discuss partying, and Cera even ends up going to meet Jeremy at a party months later — and then hooking up with his girlfriend.
Ultimately, Jeremy ends up changing his number.
The Internet seems to find the 4-page exchange both hilarious and condescending.
Read it here and judge for yourselves.
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