Michael Cera's funny battle with mistaken identity

Jul 9, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. ET

Will the real Michael Cera please stand up? The Arrested Development star reveals which Hollywood actor he's constantly mistaken for.

Michael Cera

Michael Cera's career has come a long way — 10 years ago, he was an unknown starring in a new show called Arrested Development. Little did we know, that awkward teen would grow into a big movie star.

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Following Arrested Development's cancellation in 2006, Cera quickly hopped on the movie train. The actor landed roles in the acclaimed comedies Juno, Superbad and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Most recently he appeared in the apocalyptic-themed This is the End opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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With all his success, you'd think people would know him by now. Unfortunately, Cera still deals with mistaken identity. In an interview with David Letterman, he revealed (via Huffington Post) how fans continue to confuse him with other actors.

"People will tell me they loved me in The Social Network, and I will tell them I’m not Jesse [Eisenberg]," he said. "I was in a convenience store one time buying something, and the guy just ahead of me was paying for something and he looked at me and he goes, ‘Jesse Eisenberg?’ I went, ‘No.’ Then he goes, ‘Michael Cera?’ I was pretty impressed he got it on the second try.”

The candor doesn't stop there. Strangers have no problem telling Cera exactly how they feel about his work. "A guy yelled at me, ‘Michael Cera sucks!’ And, you know, I was walking and I thought, Geez, that’s me.” On another occasion someone said, "Oh Michael Cera! I love you... sometimes."

At least they're being honest.

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