Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Christopher Mintz-Plasse by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mintz-Plasse at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse
(1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse (born June 20, 1989) is an American actor. He is best known for his comedic roles as Fogell (better known as "McLovin") in Superbad, Augie Farcques in Role Models, and as Chris D'Amico in Kick-Ass and its sequel Kick-Ass 2.

Personal life[edit]

Mintz-Plasse was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Ellen Mintz, a school counselor, and Ray Plasse, a mailman, and was raised in West Hills, California. His mother is Jewish and his father is from a Catholic family of French-Canadian and Polish descent.[1] Mintz-Plasse attended El Camino Real High School (2003–07).[2][3][4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Mintz-Plasse acted in drama classes from first grade until his senior year in high school. He auditioned with two high school friends for the part of Fogell (aka "McLovin") in Superbad[7] without professional head shots, before the audition and just took one with his camera phone.[8] His mother was required by law to be on set while filming his sex scene in the film because he was only 17 years old at the time.[9][10] Upon release, the film earned critical and commercial success, with many critics citing Mintz-Plasse's performance as one of its highlights and earned him a nomination for MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.[11][12]

In 2008, Mintz-Plasse next appeared with Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in David Wain's film Role Models as Augie Farques, a nerdy teenager obsessed with medieval live action role-playing games. He also made a small guest appearance on an episode of David Wain's internet series, Wainy Days. He also starred in a series of short comical PSA's for the website Funny or Die.[13]

He then starred in Harold Ramis' film Year One, as a comedic version of the biblical figure Isaac. He starred with rapper and actor Common in a short online parody of the film Training Day for Cinemash and plays a veteran cop bent on corrupting a young rookie cop.[14] He also appeared in a short film titled The Tale of RJ which ended up becoming the basis for the television series The Hard Times of RJ Berger.[15]

The next year he voiced Fishlegs in the Academy Award nominated animated film How to Train Your Dragon. In April 2010, he appeared in Kick-Ass as the superhero Red Mist, a.k.a. Chris D'Amico, which was planned to be a minor role until director Matthew Vaughn saw Mintz-Plasse audition and saw what he was capable of.[16][17] His performance earned him a Teen Choice Award and Scream Award nomination.[18][19] In May 2010, he guest-starred in an episode of Party Down as Kent, a friend of the character Roman.[20] He performed his second voice-over in that month in the film Marmaduke, as the stylized dog Giuseppe. The same year he was featured in two music videos, Kid Cudi's Erase Me, featuring Kanye West and the indie rock band The Soft Pack's Answer to Yourself.[21][22]

Mintz-Plasse at the Deauville Film Festival in 2011.

In 2011, Mintz-Plasse appeared in the remake of the 1985 film Fright Night as Evil Ed, who is the former best friend of Charley Brewster, played by Anton Yelchin.[23] At first he was reluctant of accepting the role as it was a remake, but after reading the script and seeing the talent involved he accepted the role.[24] He and his Fright Night co-star Dave Franco starred in a Funny or Die video called You're So Hot, where he and Franco compete against each other in a game of "You're So Hot".[25]

In 2012, he lent his voice to the stop motion film, ParaNorman. He played a bully named Alvin in the movie, a role he enjoyed as he had never played the "bully role" before.[26] The same year he also had a small role in the film Pitch Perfect as Tommy, the university's audition launcher. He then starred in two more shorts with Dave Franco, one a follow up video to You're So Hot and another titled Would You, which had its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.[25][27] Mintz-Plasse was supposed to play the lead role in the CBS sitcom Friend Me and even filmed several episodes, but before the series could air, it was cancelled after series creator Alan Kirschenbaum tragcially took his own life.[28] As a promotion for the video game Far Cry 3, he starred in a series of online videos called The Far Cry Experience, as a fictional version of himself trapped on an island control by a psychotic pirate lord named Vaas.[29] He is currently reprises his role of Fishlegs in DreamWorks Dragons television series, which aired on Cartoon Network.

He reprised his role, Chris D'Amico, now a supervillain known as The Motherfucker, in the sequel Kick-Ass 2, which was released in August 2013.[26] Mintz-Plasse found the role to be darker than any other that he had portrayed, and hired an acting coach to help him with the more intense scenes.[30] He also starred in a short online video where he is revealed to be the "Damn Son Where'd You Find This?" guy.[31] He made his third appearance in a music video in the Unknown Mortal Orchestra's video So Good At Being In Trouble.[32] He and his Kick-Ass co-star Chloë Grace Moretz starred in a short segment in the film Movie 43 titled Middle School Date. He also had small roles in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End, playing a fictional version of himself, and in the romantic comedy film The To Do List, starring Aubrey Plaza.[33][34] In September 2013, Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco set out on a week long road trip across America to promote LG's "It’s All Possible" campaign for the electronics company’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G2. The actors documented their process and broadcast it on Funny or Die.[35]

Mintz-Plasse currently plays drums for the rock band The Young Rapscallions.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Superbad Fogell 'aka' McLovin Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2008 Role Models Augie Farcques
2009 Year One Isaac
The Tale of RJ RJ Short
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
Kick-Ass Chris D'Amico/Red Mist Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor
Marmaduke Giuseppe Voice
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
Short
2011 Fright Night "Evil" Ed Lee
Gift of the Night Fury Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
Short
Book of Dragons
2012 ParaNorman Alvin Voice
Would You Himself Short
Pitch Perfect Tommy
2013 Movie 43 Mikey Segment: "Middleschool Date"
This Is the End Christopher Mintz-Plasse
The To Do List Duffy
Kick-Ass 2 Chris D'Amico/The Motherfucker
2014 Neighbors Scoonie
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
Post-production
Get a Job Ethan Completed
Tag Jacob Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Party Down Kent Episode: "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"
2012 Friend Me Evan Unaired series
2012–present DreamWorks Dragons Fishlegs Ingerman Voice

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Wainy Days Sketchy laborer #2 Episode: "Tough Guy"
2008 Piracy PSA Himself Funny or Die short
Your Vote, Your Choice
The McLovin' Fund
2009 Training Day Corrupt Cop Cinemash short
2011 You're So Hot Himself Funny or Die short
2012 You're So Hot: Part Deux
The Far Cry Experience Main Role
2013 Damn Son Where'd You Find This? Short
Chris & Daves Epic Adventure Funny or Die series

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2010 Erase Me Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West
Answer to Yourself The Soft Pack
2013 So Good At Being In Trouble Unknown Mortal Orchestra

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ follers (1989-06-20). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse — EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". Ethnicelebs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ Abele, Robert (November 6, 2008). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse is everywhere". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  4. ^ Strauss, Bob (June 2009). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s big sacrifice". Cineplex.com. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jews in the News: Lisa Loeb, Jeremy Piven and Daniela Ruah". Letmypeoplegrow.org. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ Dwyer, Kelly. "'Famous' Celtics fans take out ad to celebrate team's run". Yahoo!. 
  7. ^ O'Neill, Phelim (August 24, 2007). "First sight: Christopher Mintz-Plasse". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  8. ^ Stated on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2007
  9. ^ Stated on MTV's Total Request Live
  10. ^ "It’s great being a movie star... loads of girls want to hook up with McLovin Matt Meets Christopher Mintz-Plasse". The Sun (London). March 26, 2010. "Since he was only 17 at the time of filming, his mother Ellen Mintz was required by law to be on set during his sex scene." 
  11. ^ "Superbad (2007) - Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  12. ^ Roger Ebert (2007-08-16). ":: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Superbad". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  13. ^ ""Piracy PSA" with Christopher Mintz-Plasse". eGuiders. 
  14. ^ "Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Common Cinemash Training Day". FirstShowing.net. 
  15. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (May 20, 2010). "A Standout Student at Ribald High". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Fright Night Remake to be Rated R!". DreadCentral. 
  17. ^ Millar, Mark. Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie(Titan Books, 2010), ISBN 978-1-84856-409-1
  18. ^ "Winners of "Teen Choice 2010" announced" (PDF). TeenChoiceAwards. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Scream 2010". Spike TV. 2010-10-16. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  20. ^ Christopher Mintz-Plasse feels fortunate to be part of DreamWorks' 'Fright Night' remake
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  23. ^ Some "Inspired Fright Night Casting: McLovin and Dr. Who Join the Fray". DreadCentral. 
  24. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Christopher Mintz-Plasse on 'Fright Night'". About.com. 
  25. ^ a b "You're So Hot w/Dave Franco & Christopher Mintz-Plasse". Brian-McGinn.com. 
  26. ^ a b "Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks PARANORMAN, Voice Acting, Bullying and Updates on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and KICK-ASS 2". Collider.com. 
  27. ^ "Dave Franco bringing his 'weirdly sexual' short film to SXSW". EW.Com. 
  28. ^ "Friend Me: What Happened to the CBS Comedy?". TV Series Finale. 
  29. ^ "The Far Cry Experience". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  30. ^ "Mintz-Plasse: I want darker roles". The Belfast Telegraph. 
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  33. ^ Bricken, Rob (April 2, 2013). "The new This Is the End redband trailer contains Michael Cera's graphic death. That is all.". io9. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  34. ^ "CBS Films Moves Up Aubrey Plaza Comedy ‘The To-Do List’". Deadline.com. August 28, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  35. ^ "‘Neighbors’ Stars Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Road Trip for Your Amusement (Video)". The Warp. 
  36. ^ "the young rapscallions - Home". The Young Rapscallions. 

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