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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Jason Bateman: I'm no leading man

Jason Bateman says he likes being part of an ensemble cast
Jason Bateman says he likes being part of an ensemble cast

Jason Bateman has claimed he doesn't see himself as a leading man.

The actor plays a federal agent tracking an escaped alien in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's new comedy Paul, and is set to star alongside Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis and Colin Farrell in Horrible Bosses.

He feels he is suited to ensemble comedies, saying of Horrible Bosses: "It was great, I mean anytime you can work with a great team it's nice."

He added: "Plus I don't really do anything that is specific that people are going to come out saying 'I want to go see that Jason Bateman vehicle', so I have to look to get gobbled up in a talented group of people and be a part of a team. That's nice for me."

Jason rose to fame in sitcom Arrested Development, about a formerly wealthy, habitually dysfunctional family, for which he has won several awards, including a Golden Globe.

Creator Mitchell Hurwitz is about to begin work on a spin-off movie of the hit show which also starred Portia de Rossi and Michael Cera.

Jason said: "Well apparently Mitch Hurwitz made it official a few days ago that he's almost finished with the script and hopes to shoot it this year, so I'm really excited about that news."

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