It’s a big, big summer for Jason Bateman. The 42-year-old actor, who’s been working in Hollywood since 1981, has two major comedies in theaters: First up is Horrible Bosses (July 8), in which he and co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star as three friends who conspire to murder their employers (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston). A month later he’ll join the Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, in The Change-Up (Aug. 5) about two friends – one settled and married, the other caddishly single – who switch bodies. After thirty years in the business, Bateman has learned not to take anything for granted. “I’ve been doing it long enough to manage my expectations a bit and not buy the confidence that I really need to be renting,” he laughs. “It would be great if these films perform well, but you try not to hang it all on the success or failure of your projects. Having said that, my fingers are definitely crossed. I’m certainly enjoying this moment of relevance that I’m having and would like to keep going.”
Though he’s always had plenty of fans, thanks in part to starring in the cult TV favorite Arrested Development (which he calls “a career saver” and the job he’s most proud of) Bateman has managed to balance fame and a private life – and stays out of the tabloids. “I’m just not that exciting to follow,” he explains. “I’m happily married, I’ve got a cute little girl, and all my drugging and drinking was done back before there were camera phones.”
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