The skinny, nasal-voiced – not your typical hero – actor lets his inner Canadian out in How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Canadians are easy to spot in Florida, in the United States. Guys like Jay Baruchel don’t have to open their mouths and drop an “a-boot” or “I’ve never BEAN here before” to give away the game. They’re pink.
“I’m like a Jane Austen character,” the
skinny, big-screen funnyman admits. “I need a parisol when I’m down here.”
The 32-year-old Ottawa native has made his mark in indie films (Fanboys, I’m Reed Fish) and as a part of the ensemble of some of the biggest comedy hits in recent film history – Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, This Is The End.
But the one part he truly owns is Hiccup, the hero of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, an animated character who is “the Jay Baruchel of the Viking World,” Christine Champ noted at Film.com. The character has Baruchel’s “angsty sarcasm,” his distinct, high-pitched voice, and his speaking style, which Time Out London compared to “the beguiling delivery of a young Christian Slater.”