Jason Sudeikis’ star has definitely been on the rise. This year the Kansas native was in three movies, hosted the MTV Movie Awards, and now he’s been cast in the HBO hit Eastbound and Down‘s last season.
The SNL funny man got his start doing improv with Second City and ImprovOlympic. Not everybody knows this, but Jason Sudeikis almost gave up on improv to try out for the Blue Man Group. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sudeikis revealed his dream of drumming while blue:
“I was eventually flown out to New York to audition and got to see myself in the blue makeup. That was a hard lesson. I’m nowhere near as handsome as the guys who normally do that show. I don’t have the right bone structure. My face looked like a peanut M&M.”
Fortunately for us, Sudeikis didn’t make the cut and was hired by Saturday Night Live shortly thereafter, where he’s become infamous for his break-dancing moves. In my favorite sketch, “What Up with That,” Sudeikis plays a guy who does the running man in a red Adidas tracksuit and chain.
His other notable impressions include a hilarious impersonation of our Vice President, The Devil, and a sad sack version of Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath. Sudeikis also famously played the only good boyfriend Liz Lemon ever had on 30 Rock opposite SNL cast mate Tina Fey. Sudeikis has also guest starred on SNL buddy Fred Armisen’s show Portlandia.
Sudeikis got his start on the big screen with tiny roles in films like Going the Distance and The Bounty Hunter, but now he’s becoming a box office draw in his own right. Horrible Bosses raked in $28.1 million on its opening weekend, and his next movie, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, is destined to be ridiculous comedy gold. In it, Sudeikis plays a spoiled brat whose parents cut him off, and he decides to have an orgy in the Hamptons as a last hurrah.
I think it’s just a matter of time until the SNL regular leaves the show to pursue roles on the big screen full-time. Or maybe he can even get his own show on NBC. Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler already have. Personally, I can’t wait to see what opportunities Sudeikis will get when he decides to leave SNL. My fingers are crossed in the hope that he can come back to host, but for now I’m content to see him play the absurd DJ Supersoak.Tags: 30 Rock, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Eastbound and Down, Horrible Bosses, January Jones, Jason Sudeikis, jennifer aniston, MTV Movie Awards, Portlandia, SNL, Tina Fey