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It's not easy being a Bluth again

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TORONTO -- Michael Cera says it wasn't that easy returning to his old role as George-Michael Bluth for the Arrested Development reboot.

The Canuck comic admits his first day back on set started with "five uncomfortable hours" where he struggled to reconnect with his awkward alter ego.

It's been seven years since the beloved comedy went off the air, but the dysfunctional Bluth family returns May 26 with 15 new episodes on Netflix.

The first day back on set was strange, Cera admits, noting that he was just a teenager when he first took on the role of the earnest George-Michael.

"It was about five uncomfortable hours of shooting this one scene where I was like, 'I don't know what I'm doing here,'" Cera said.

"And after that I felt like, 'OK, I remember how to do it now."'

Cera said his first day was largely spent with star Jason Bateman, whom he credits with establishing the comedy's quirky tone in the first place.

Each new episode is centred on a particular Bluth with several other characters popping in and out in their own parallel storyline.

Cera says the episodes work together to trace a cohesive story arc but also refer to each other in complicated web that will demand repeated viewing.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2013 G2

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