Shazam 2 Star Jokes He Always Knew Adam Brody Would Play Him as an Adult

Shazam 2 Star Jokes He Always Knew Adam Brody Would Play Him as an Adult

Jack Dylan Grazer discusses working with Adam Brody on Shazam! Fury of the Gods, joking that he always knew The OC actor would play him.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Jack Dylan Grazer jokes that he always knew Adam Brody would play the adult version of him. One of the most crowd-pleasing moments in 2019’s Shazam! happened near the end, as the foster siblings of Billy Baston (Asher Angel) transformed into their older, superpowered selves in order to help Billy vanquish the villainous Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). The triumphant third act also allowed for some inspired casting choices, perhaps none more so than selecting The OC alum Brody to portray the older alter-ego of Freddy Freeman (Grazer).

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Set to be released on December 21, with David F. Sandberg returning as director, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will also see many of the same cast members reprising their roles for the sequel. Along with Angel and Zachary Levi as the versions of Billy, Fury of the Gods will again include a central role for Freddy Freeman. In recent comments, Grazer teased that his character will struggle to deal with his newfound superpowers and that he’ll feel the urge to impress a few people. The movie will also include a larger role for Brody, who only appeared as a cameo in the first film.

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With the first Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer debuting at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Grazer speaks with EW about what it was like to share his role with Brody. Although the two actors don’t cross paths extensively on-screen, due to the fact of how Freddy transforms, Grazer talks about the similarities he shares with his older counterpart. He also jokingly mentions that he always knew Brody would someday portray him. Grazer’s quote is included below:

I knew it from the pilot of The OC, I knew that one day he would play me. It’s very intuitive between us. We’re both very instinctual actors — we both follow our gut. We’re very good with our intuitions. I’ll see him for a brief second. Maybe I will say the magic word and then we’ll switch out and high five and slap each other on the back. It’s really cool.

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Although it seems like Grazer is kidding about knowing Brody would play him, given that he’s said in the past that he hadn’t watched The OC, many viewers came away from the original Shazam! with plenty of praise for how Grazer perfectly emulated Brody’s breakout role as Seth Cohen in the teen drama. Brody has since moved on to murkier characters, particularly with his lead performance in The Kid Detective, but the first Shazam! movie perfectly utilized not only the physical resemblance between the two Freddy actors, but their similar mannerisms and sardonic energy. More than just a neat casting trick, though, Freddy’s nervousness and nerdiness end up serving as one of the emotional cores of the story. The brotherly relationship between Billy and Freddy also brought to mind The OC‘s central bond between Seth and Ryan.

In his relatively short time as an actor, Grazer has played the younger version of a few notable actors. Just counting his film roles, he’s portrayed a younger Timothée Chalamet in the drama Beautiful Boy, and in the recent It films, he played Eddie Kaspbrak before James Ransone took over the portrayal as an adult. But, in many ways, Shazam! makes the best use of the link for both emotional resonance and a bit of winking humor. Hopefully, if Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a success and a third movie does happen, the two actors will somehow get to share the screen.

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Source: EW

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