I live, I Jai, I live again.
Jai Courtney is one of many Hollywood That Guys.” What’s a That Guy you may ask? Well, a That Guy is a fairly unmemorable actor that Hollywood desperately tries to make happen, whether audiences want it or not. Other prominent that guys include Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and perhaps most prominently, Sam Worthington.
Jai Courtney proved himself to be yet another that guy in generic roles in Terminator: Genysis, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Divergent, that is until he popped up in this little film called Suicide Squad.
Now by all accounts, Suicide Squad was terrible, but Jai Courtney’s performance as Captain Boomerang was one of the most entertaining aspects of the film. Turns out, Hollywood was wrong all along. Jai Courtney isn’t another That Guy, Jai Courtney is a god damned character actor.
And this hasn’t gone unnoticed. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years later, the sequel series to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, has just added Courtney to its cast.
The details, per Deadline:
Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney has been cast opposite Amy Poehler in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Netflix’s sequel series to the limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp that was based on the cult 2001 movie.
Courtney plays Garth MacArthur, a suave, indie movie darling who is about to become a household name. Garth is recognized wherever he goes, but his eyes aren’t on the fans. He’s mad about Susie (Poehler) and wishes she would agree to take their relationship beyond “friends with benefits.” He joins her on the trip back to Camp Firewood.
His role sounds similar to Chris Pine’s role in First Day of Camp, an eccentric musician which allowed Pine to flex his own character acting muscles. This would be yet another great opportunity for Courtney to break out of his boring Hollywood straight man roles, and continue to do goofy and interesting stuff like we saw in Suicide Squad.
I dig this news, and I dig a possible renJaissance. What do you guys make of this news? Any other favorite That Guy you wanna see breakout? Sound off in the comments below.