Jason Bateman gets his game on in Game Night

Jason Bateman gets his game on in Game Night


Text: Esther Soh

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5 things you should know about Jason Bateman, the actor who’s got it all figured out in a weekly game night turned murder mystery in the new dark comedy, Game Night

1. Talent runs in the family
Not only is Bateman's dad the Hollywood actor, writer and director Kent Bateman, his older sister Justine is also known for her '80s hit role as Mallory Keaton on the TV sitcom Family Ties as well as a multi-episode stint on Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Bateman's father-in-law, Paul Anka, is the pop legend behind hit tracks 'Diana', 'Put Your Head on My Shoulder' and '(You're) Having My Baby'.

2. He was a child star
The 49-year-old actor has a slew of films to his name now, but it all began in 1981 when he played James Cooper Ingalls in sitcom Little House On The Prairie at 12. A year later, the young actor bagged another supporting role as Derek Taylor on Silver Spoons. Although Bateman's career took off in his teenage years, he was first spotted in a TV gig for the breakfast cereal Golden Grahams when he was just 11-years-old.

3. He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director at 18
By the time Bateman hit 18, he had helmed three episodes of American comedy The Hogan Family in 1988. As if his directing debut at 18 isn't insane enough, Bateman was also given the distinction of being the youngest person ever admitted to the Directors Guild.

4. He turned his career around with Fox's sitcom Arrested Development
Days of drugs and booze were long over for Bateman after being casted as Michael Bluth in the cult hit series Arrested Development, marking a kick-start to a fresh chapter of Bateman's career. "Without question that was the most important role I've ever had," said Bateman in an interview. After Arrested Development resurged in popularity, Netflix revived the sitcom with a fourth season in 2013.

5. His Google alert is on 24/7
Bateman admitted that he's constantly reading much of what gets written about him online. It's one thing to scroll through positive criticism, but Bateman willingly swamps himself with posts after posts of every search result relating to him. "I'll also put out a Google alert on The Change-Up or anything else I happen to be in. I read the comments, I don't care, I'm a big boy and I've got a thick skin," Bateman said.

Game Night premieres on 22 February.
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