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In “Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus and 2012,” actor Michael Cera smokes pot, snorts cocaine, steals from an elderly lady, takes mescaline and generally acts like a giant jerk to his friends. To call this a departure from the 24-year-old actor's earlier work would be an understatement. Known for playing a socially awkward nerd in the soon-to-be-revived TV series “Arrested Development,” as well as in films such as “Juno” and “Superbad,” his role in “Crystal Fairy,” premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a bold and admirable direction for the oft-typecast actor. Here he shows a willingness to break out of his shell, perhaps before the characters he's most famous for end up becoming permanent. Written and directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva (who also has another Cera-starring flick at this year's Sundance called “Magic Magic”), “Crystal Fairy” follows Jamie (Cera), an American who plans a road trip with his »

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