In the 1980’s, Jason Bateman was a teen star on hit sitcoms like Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family and in the film Teen Wolf Too. After a string of small roles in films like Necessary Roughness and The Sweetest Thing, Bateman re-emerged in Hollywood after starring on the critically acclaimed, cult hit Fox sitcom Arrested Development.
Since then, he has appeared in a string of films including The Kingdom, Juno, Hancock, Up in the Air. Now the 42 year-old stars as Nick Hendricks in the comedy Horrible Bosses.
In the film, his character plays an accountant who is passed over for a promotion after his boss, played by Kevin Spacey promotes himself, However, Jason says he has not had the same problem in his job as Nick does in the film.
“I’ve never had a bad one,” Bateman states.
Bateman talks about how he and his two male co-stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis were like The Three Stooges at times shooting scenes.
“I think that we knew the three of us were going to create one character,” he notes, “That’s certainly the conversations we were having with [director] Seth [Gordon] in rehearsals and whatnot.”
“So there was a sense of, well, if you’re going to do X, then I need to do Y, and you’re going to need to do Z and that will constantly be rotating to create one guy,” Jason adds, “And Seth shot it all for the most part in a three-shot, so you could kind of see that and watch whichever one of us you wanted to see, so it kind of all balanced out.”
Jason was asked if there was any improvisation done on set.
“There was a great confluence of a really open-minded, excellent director with three semi-brilliant guys that just tried to improve what was on the page at every turn and it was a great thing to have,” Bateman says.
Bateman claims he and Jason Sudekis were a little envious of Charlie Day’s wild
“We were knocking on the door,” Jason claims, “We wanted to get in there.”
Jason was asked if he worries at all about being typecast.
“You do get hired for what you last did,” Bateman replies, “I guess it becomes your choice or obligation to do different things. I haven’t had the luxury of drastically different roles come my way. Hopefully, I will someday, and I’ll take those. Up until then, I will continue to basically take what I get.”