Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel (born April 9, 1982) is a Canadian comedic actor. He is so Canadian, he even has a tattoo of a maple leaf. You might recognize his face as Kurt in She's Out of My League, Jay in Knocked Up, Steven in Undeclared, Kevin in Tropic Thunder, Leon in The Trotsky, Victor in Good Neighbors, or Dave in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and his voice as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon.In case you are interested: He is agnostic, supports the Montreal Canadiens, is 6 feet tall, and his last name is pronounced with a soft sh- sound like shell (so it's "Baru-shell," not "Baru-kel" or "Baru-chell").
Tropes commonly associated with Jay Baruchel.
- Doing It for the Art: Of a sort. He's said many times that no matter how many roles he gets in big Hollywood films, he'll always gladly return home to Canada to shoot smaller, more independent fares out of love for country.
- Improv: Judd Apatow selected Baruchel and the rest of the cast in Undeclared largely on their improvisation skills.
- One of Us: Baruchel has called himself a huge nerd and admitted to being awkward, saying in an interview that "I hate people staring at me, and I don't do well in crowds." When talking about how he decided to take the role in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, he said, "The deal closer for me was when I discovered the character shoots plasma bolts out of his hands. I was like, I have to be in this movie. Plasma bolts!"