Justin Long: You likee?

92833__justin_lYou know Justin Long? Of course you do. He’s a Mac. Not a P.C. (John Hodgman is a P.C. Which to me means… P.C.s are funnier? I don’t think that’s what the Apple ad wizards were going for.)

But the larger question is: With such an indelible ad campaign under his belt, can Justin Long ever be more than a Mac? Or will he go the way of Morris the Cat and the “I Love You, Man” Man? We may know this weekend, when Accepted (which is solidly 80 to 85 percent funny, I’m happy to report) matriculates in heavy, snaky traffic.

But even if Accepted applies for a quick transfer to DVD, Long’s got more big-screen bids in the works. (Good job, Justin Long’s agent! Rule #1: Don’t let your client become an Apple logo.) Most notably, he’ll be in Mike Judge’s anticipated Idiocracy and has auditioned for a part in Live Free or Die Hard, playing the foil (and maybe the son?) of Bruce Willis’ John McClane. Perhaps least notably, he’ll be in Hart Bochner’s One Part Sugar. (Fun to say!) Yes THAT Hart Bochner, whom none of you will remember from 1984′s Supergirl.

So what do you think, people? Is Justin Long what casting directors euphemistically refer to as a “likably unlikely leading man”? Is his chipper, cheeky hipness the coming thing? Do you think he’s sexy? Do you want his body? Do you remember how that flying hillbilly demon thingy took off his skin in Jeepers Creepers? Below, go Long, way Long.

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  • mcm

    Justin Long has been under-rated ever since Galaxy Quest (“Mother! I don’t think you understand the severity of the commander’s situation!”) and Ed. Everyone should totally check out the short film he made (with Galaxy Quest costar Sam Rockwell!), Robin’s Big Date, at http://www.redheadedleague.com/films/robin/robin.html

  • roel

    i likeeeeee!
    he’s adorable!

  • cRAIG

    loved him in Ed…

  • Pillow Pants

    Eh, not a huge fan. He’ll get his 15 (maybe 20) minutes and then hopefully will be gone for good.

  • kinglouieXVIII

    This guy plays the same dorky/loser schlub in every movie. I don’t really know if he has much range. It’s the younger, skinnier Vince Vaughn everybody.
    ACCEPTED looks terrible by the way. OLD SCHOOL for PG-13 crowd!

  • Tink in Cali

    Hart Bochner was also in the first Diehard. Kinda funny in a six degrees kind of way.

  • Jen

    I thought he was really good in Dodgeball and Waiting. Fans of those movies seem like the target audience for Accepted.

  • Jasper

    I love, love, love Justin Long! He’s good looking but has that nerdy quality that makes him more accessible. I thought he (and Jason Bateman) was underused in The Break-Up. I loved him in Galaxy Quest, and Dodgeball. Although I think he may shine more on his own sitcom or something. Still will be looking forward to his big screen work though.

  • nathan

    As far as young actors go, Hollywood could do a lot worse, and has many times…Freddie Prinze anyone?

  • e

    I’m not willing to watch the new “let’s make our own college” film, but I did like him in “Ed” and “Galaxy Quest” (even “Dodgeball”). I don’t know if I could go for him as a leading man, but he’s a strong supporting character.

  • Vance

    Loved him in “Ed” and everything since (not always the actual project but he’s always hilarious). I hope they can somehow make him into an unlikely leading man! That would be odd but great!!!

  • David

    Not a fan. I’ve seen him in plenty of things, like Waiting, Jeepers Creepers, Galaxy Quest and Ed. He’s not someone I’m really rooting for yet, but I guess he still has time to wow us.

  • Alice

    He’ll always be Warren Cheswick to me.

  • Kat

    I like him, but not with that sad, sad little mustache-beard thingie he’s got going. Ick.

  • Mr. Show

    Everytime I see this kid on screen, I die a little inside.

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