Michael Cera has already established himself as somewhat of an indie rock icon thanks to roles in "Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," and now the actor is taking his talents from the big screen to the stage by joining the band Mister Heavenly. The group also features members of Man Man, Modest Mouse and Islands. That's Cera performing up top with the red snow cap (courtesy of clumsy324's blog via Pitchfork), and look at him, he's like a scrawny twee version of Les Claypool! This isn't Cera's first taste of rock, either: The actor contributed background vocals and mandolin to Weezer's "Hurley" track "Hang On." Cera is officially the new Jason Schwartzman.
Music fans might be quick to label Cera's journey into music in the same category as fellow thespians Keanu Reeves (Dogstar) and Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars), but to us, Cera's move is similar to that of actor Shane West. Like Cera, who recently starred as a rocker-in-training in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," West turned a music-based role into a reality. West starred as the Germs' troubled frontman Darby Crash in the 2007 biopic "What We Do is Secret," and West's portrayal was so convincing -- to West and the surviving Germs members, at least -- that the punk band actually toured with West on lead vocals. Cera, like Scott Pilgrim, serves as bassist in Mister Heavenly.
Below, here's bonus video of The Amp's personal favorite cinematic bassist:
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