I did a lot of interviews over the weekend, for two different films, but by far the best of the bunch was Jay Baruchel. He's the lead in Paramount's new comedy She's Out of My League which opens next week; we'll have lots more from him and his co-stars on the film sometime in the next week. But right at the end of the candid interview, in which he also discussed meeting his favorite hockey player and vomiting on an airplane, he talked a little about his experience making The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the massive Disney adventure movie that stars him as a young apprentice to a powerful wizard played by Nicolas Cage.
Basically, everything you dream of doing when put one-on-one with Nic Cage, Jay Baruchel got to do. Check out the story he told about being on the set; sadly, his Nic Cage impression doesn't translate to print:
There was one time, we shot a sequence on an elevated train platform, so we had to do this walk-through on the subway with the MTA guys. We're walking on the tracks and he turned to me and said [done in a scarily accurate Nic Cage impression], "What is it about danger that's so compelling?" I was like, that's amazing. I fucked with him the whole movie. I called him Coppola the entire movie. One time he's on the ground, [also in Nic Cage voice] "Why do you insist on calling me Coppola?" Because of that reaction, exactly. I smoked Cuban cigars with Nicolas Cage outside his trailer! That's the coolest thing ever!
Baruchel also compared the experience of making the film, as well as Tropic Thunder, to playing games as a kid:
I've had a few moments in my career where I was basically getting paid to play cops and robbers. In Tropic Thunder, I ran around with an M-16 in my hands for six months. That was the fucking coolest thing ever. You show up every day and play army guys. Doing Sorcerer's was even more so. I'm fighting monsters and shooting energy out of my hands and all this stuff. It's such a movie I would see. It's a massive mid-summer event movie. It's a fucking ride and a half, that flick. I just had plenty of opportunities to geek out on that movie. I'm real psyched about it.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice opens July 16, but you can catch Baruchel sooner than that in She's Out of My League on March 12.