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 (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 27)
Woodland Hills, California
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2007–present

Christopher Mintz-Plasse (born June 20, 1989)[1] is an American actor who has performed roles such 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.

Early life[edit]

Mintz-Plasse was born and raised in Woodland Hills, California, where he attended El Camino Real High School, performing on its improv comedy team.[1] His mother was a school counselor and his father a postal worker.[1]

Career[edit]

When auditioning for the part of Fogell (aka "McLovin") in his film debut Superbad, he had no professional head shots and instead took one with his camera phone.[2] Because he was 17 at the time and still a minor, his mother was required by law to be on set while he filmed his sex scene in the movie.[1] Upon release, the film earned critical and commercial success, with many critics citing Mintz-Plasse's performance as a highlight; he received a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.[3][4]

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 then starred in Harold Ramis's film Year One, as a comedic version of the biblical figure Isaac. 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.[5]

The next year he voiced Fishlegs in the 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 doing. Mintz-Plasse originally auditioned for the role of Kick-Ass, but when the producers believed that his acting was too loud and obnoxious they immediately gave him the role of Red Mist instead.[6][7] In May 2010, he guest-starred in an episode of Party Down as Kent, a friend of the character Roman. He performed his second voice-over 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.[8][9]

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.[10] At first he was reluctant to accept the role as it was a remake, but he accepted after reading the script and seeing the talent involved.[11]

Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco on the "It's All Possible" road trip in September 2013

In 2012, he voiced the bullying student Alvin in the stop motion animated film, ParaNorman.[12] 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 a short film titled Would You, which was written by his Fright Night co-star Dave Franco and premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.[13][14] 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 tragically took his own life.[15] 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 controlled by a psychotic pirate named Vaas.[16] He is currently reprising his role of Fishlegs in the DreamWorks Dragons television series, which aired on Cartoon Network.

He reprised his role of Chris D'Amico in the sequel Kick-Ass 2, which was released in August 2013.[12] Mintz-Plasse found the role to be darker than any other he had portrayed to date, and hired an acting coach to help him with the more intense scenes.[17] He made his third music video appearance in the Unknown Mortal Orchestra's music video So Good At Being In Trouble.[18]

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, with Aubrey Plaza.[19][20]

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.[21] Mintz-Plasse had a supporting role as college fraternity student Scoonie in the 2014 hit comedy film Neighbors and reprised his role as Fishlegs in the animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.[22][23]

In 2015, he starred in the music video of Alison Wonderland's U Don't Know.

Mintz-Plasse plays drums for the rock band The Young Rapscallions.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Superbad Fogell / McLovin
2008 Role Models Augie Farcques
2009 Year One Isaac
2009 The Tale of RJ RJ Short film
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
2010 Kick-Ass Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
2010 Marmaduke Giuseppe Voice
2010 Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Fishlegs Ingerman Voice; short film
2011 Fright Night "Evil" Ed Lee
2011 Gift of the Night Fury Fishlegs Ingerman Voice; short film
2011 Book of Dragons Fishlegs Ingerman Voice; short film
2012 ParaNorman Alvin Voice
2012 Would You Himself Short film
2012 Pitch Perfect Tommy
2013 Movie 43 Mikey Segment: "Middleschool Date"
2013 This Is the End Christopher Mintz-Plasse
2013 The To Do List Duffy
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Chris D'Amico/The Motherfucker
2014 Neighbors Scoonie
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fishlegs Ingerman Voice
2015 Tag Jacob
2016 Get a Job Ethan
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Scoonie
2016 Trolls Prince Gristle Voice
2017 The Masterpiece Sid Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Wainy Days Sketchy laborer #2 Episode: "Tough Guy"
2010 Party Down Kent Episode: "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"
2012 Friend Me Evan Unaired series; main role
2012–present DreamWorks Dragons Fishlegs Ingerman Voice role; main role; 79 episodes
2015 Sharing Grant Unsold television pilot
2016 Sanjay and Craig Randy Noodman Voice role; episode: "Dude Snake Nood"
2016 Flaked Topher 3 episodes
2016 The Great Indoors Clark Main role

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2010 Erase Me Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West
2010 Answer to Yourself The Soft Pack
2013 So Good At Being In Trouble Unknown Mortal Orchestra
2015 U Don't Know Alison Wonderland featuring Wayne Coyne
2015 Ready Kodaline

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2008 MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance Superbad Nominated[citation needed]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Kick-Ass Nominated[citation needed]
Scream Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated[citation needed]
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Best Cast Chemistry - Film (shared with Neighbors cast) Neighbors Nominated[citation needed]
Best Threesome (shared with Zac Efron & Dave Franco) Nominated[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strauss, Bob (June 2009). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse's big sacrifice". Cineplex.com. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2010. Chris, who’ll turn 20 on June 20th [2009]... 
  2. ^ Stated on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2007. Time-stamp needed
  3. ^ "Superbad (2007) - Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 16, 2007). "Superbad". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (May 20, 2010). "A Standout Student at Ribald High". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gomez, Luis (June 26, 2010). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse feels fortunate to be part of DreamWorks' 'Fright Night' remake". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Millar, Mark (2010). Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie. Titan Books. p. ???. ISBN 978-1-84856-409-1. 
  8. ^ Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West (October 11, 2010). Erase Me – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ The Soft Pack (October 11, 2012). Answer to Yourself – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (June 8, 2010). "Doctor Who and Red Mist join 'Fright Night' (exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Murray, Rebecca (August 2013). "Exclusive Interview with Christopher Mintz-Plasse on 'Fright Night'". About.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Radish, Christina (July 18, 2012). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks 'ParaNorman', Voice Acting, Bullying and Updates on 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and 'Kick-Ass 2'". Collider.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "You're So Hot w/Dave Franco & Christopher Mintz-Plasse". Brian-McGinn.com. 
  14. ^ "Dave Franco bringing his 'weirdly sexual' short film to SXSW". EW.Com. 
  15. ^ "Friend Me: What Happened to the CBS Comedy?". TV Series Finale. 
  16. ^ "The Far Cry Experience". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  17. ^ "Mintz-Plasse: I want darker roles". The Belfast Telegraph. 
  18. ^ Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble. February 4, 2013 – via YouTube. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "CBS Films Moves Up Aubrey Plaza Comedy 'The To-Do List'". Deadline.com. August 28, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "'Neighbors' Stars Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Road Trip for Your Amusement (Video)". The Warp. 
  22. ^ "Neighbors (2014)". Box Office Mojo. June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ "More How to Train Your Dragon Sequel Details". ComingSoon.net. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  24. ^ "the young rapscallions - Home". The Young Rapscallions. 

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