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jason bateman jewish

jason bateman jewish
jason bateman jewish


The Waspiest Jews ever.

With Reporting By Josh Horowitz

The plot of “This Is Where I Leave You” hinges on the main characters sitting Shiva for their late father, a Jewish tradition after a loved one’s passing. The problem? Fey and Bateman aren’t Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from watching them onscreen.

“We play real good Waspy Jews,” Bateman told MTV News, though Fey countered that she’s not Waspy either, but “somewhere in between.”

“You’re a Woo,” Bateman helpfully offered, making the new denomination sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. “A Jasp.”

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So did they think they were able to pull off the religious shift?

“In my mind, I thought I looked like a beautiful Jewess,” Fey said. “I had my long hair that they clipped on me and I had my really nice makeup. In my mind I was like really pulling it off. When I saw the monitor I was like, ‘oh, I’ve never looked more thin-lipped and German in my life.’ We tried to fix it in post.”

Luckily, her costar never had that problem, as he often gets confused for being one of the tribe.

“I do, and I don’t know why,” Bateman said about people thinking he’s Jewish. “B-a-i-t-m-a-n would get you closer to there, cause of the whitefish salad.”

Speaking of, you can’t play a Jew unless you have a favorite shmear for a bagel.

“I like a cream cheese, and a little bit of the red onion,” Bateman said, while Fey’s a fan of lox. But she warns us to never order that particular shmear in Los Angeles.

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  • “You know the disgusting thing they do in LA?” Fey said. “They put no bagel, just the tomato, cream cheese, and lox and onion on a plate, and they don’t eat the bagel.”

    She added, “You’re still gonna die, people of LA.” So enjoy that bagel while you can!

    “This Is Where I Leave You” opens September 19.

    If Jason Bateman was on your “Jew or non-Jew” debate list, you can immediately take him off. This interview from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart proves his knowledge of Jewish culture lacks.

    They start out by discussing the meaning of the word chazerai, which segues into an incoherent anecdote where Bateman tries to explain he once mistook the items on a Seder plate for game pieces. It ends with the two clowns trying to do a l’chaim, to which Bateman even screws that up.

    Stewart sums it up best: “I’m not even religious, I want you to come over to my house on the Sabbath and use all my electrical appliances because I can’t touch them. That’s how goy you are.”

    Nowhere in those five minutes do they actually discuss Bad Words, the film Bateman came on to the show to promote. Not that I’m complaining about what went down instead.

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    Later on the show, Stewart makes a public apology. It turns out Bateman’s defintion of chazerai was correct, while Stewart was wrong. “I’m such a schmuck,” he says with defeat.

    Not even Seinfeld came close to the gratuitous amount of Yiddish found in these two clips. Only The Daily Show could pull this off and people would roll with it.

    “O.J. Simpson…not a Jew,” sang Adam Sandler in that fateful seasonal classic, The Hanukkah Song.

    And for better or for worse, neither are these actors, entrepreneurs, and athletes — even the infuriatingly named former MLB pitcher J.J. Putz.

    Whether it’s the Ashkenaz-ish last name or just anti-Semitism, these luminaries are often mislabeled as chosen. Let’s set the record straight.

    The Big Seven:

    Jason Biggs

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    Jason Biggs grew up in New Jersey, starred as Jim Levenstein in “American Pie” and rocks a certain aesthetic that screams, “I still remember my haftarah portion.” But he’s a Roman Catholic, and that’s that. He told Haaretz that he’s been playing Jews “almost exclusively” since childhood, and that he “loves” being mistaken for a Jew.

    Kathryn Hahn

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    Every Jew with an Amazon Prime account has fallen for Rabbi Raquel, the moral heart of the hit drama “Transparent.” But Hahn grew up in Westchester, Illinois, not Westchester County. And she was raised, alas, Catholic.

    Rachel Brosnahan

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    Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Miriam Maisel on Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the very picture of a spunky Jewish housewife-turned-comedienne in the 50’s-era Upper West Side. The only fly in the cold cream is that she is not the least bit Jewish.

    Seth Meyers

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    The idea that some people “look Jewish” is automatically exclusionary and arguably offensive. But — forgive us — SNL-alum and late night host Seth Meyers looks so Jewish! His name is Jewish! His comedy is Jewish! His wife is Jewish! He named his child after a Holocaust survivor. Seth Meyers, however, is not Jewish. He has a single Jewish grandparent, but has never practiced Judaism or identified as a Jew.

    “Every single Jewish person thinks that I’m Jewish,” Meyers has said. “And they come to that conclusion because of my face, and my name and everything about me. You can’t blame them for that.”

    Bruce Springsteen

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    Neo-Nazi chat boards have made it abundantly clear that the Boss is not a Jew. Sadly, they are correct.

    Madonna

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    Madonna became deeply (shallowly?) interested in Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, starting in the 1990’s, but despite giving her son a bar mitzvah and celebrating Jewish holidays from Purim to Tisha B’av, she never converted to Judaism and does not identify as a Jew. She is, after all, christened “Madonna.”

    Adam Driver

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    Adam Driver

    Adam Driver moodily fondles his Star of David necklace like the best of them in “BlackKklansman,” but he’s not Jewish. He vaulted to fame as Lena Dunham’s wood-working, acting, Brooklynite boyfriend on the TV show “Girls,” but he’s not Jewish. His name is Adam, but, friends — he’s not Jewish.

    People you think are Jewish because of their brown hair and last names:

    Oh boy, let’s do this.

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    Zachary Levi, Jewish doctor on the recent season of “Mrs. Maisel,” is, remarkably, not the least bit Jewish, though he says he has been turned down for parts for looking too Jewish.

    Michelle Wolf of the 2018 White House Correspondence Dinner has a filthy, brilliant mouth, a huge head of hair, and a Yiddish-y last name, but not a single claim to the Jewish religion or people. Weird Al Yankovic is weird in a likable way, ain’t one of ours. Oscar Isaac was raised “very Christian.”Tim Roth’s father was a non-Jewish World War II veteran who apparently changed the family’s last name in solidarity with Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

    And it goes on.

    Penny and Garry Marshall were raised in the same family, but in different branches of Christianity. Jason Bateman, John Krasinski, and Mark Wahlberg aren’t members of the tribe. Neither is John Goodman, and nor was Philip Seymour Hoffman. Meryl Streep is absolutely not Jewish.

    People you think are Jewish because they are nebbishy:

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    Elijah Wood

    Michael Cera, Elijah Wood, and John Oliver have all plied their geekdom as sex appeal, but none of them can write from right to left.

    People you think are Jewish because they’re funny:

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    Nathan Lane.

    David Letterman, Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar, Danny DeVito, Aidy Bryant, Jim Carrey, Lisa Lampanelli, and Kristen Schaal aren’t Jewish. We can’t have everyone, guys!

    People you think are Jewish because they are successful (thank you!) or because they are good with money (shame on you!)

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    Elon Musk

    Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Timothy Geithner, Steve Jobs, Martin Shkreli, the Koch Brothers, and Elon Musk are not Jews. And if they were, what’s it to you?

    People you think are Jewish or Jew-ish because they got really into Kabbalah for a while:

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    Ashton Kutcher

    Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Ariana Grande, Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Mischa Barton, and Rosie O’Donnell dabbled but never dunked in the mikveh. Come on, you would have known if we got Britney.

    Athletes with extraordinarily Jewish-sounding names who aren’t Jewish:

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    The magnificently-named JJ Putz

    Ryan Zimmerman, Tarik Cohen, Eddie Goldman, JJ Putz, Josh Freeman, David Eckstein and, absurdly, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, are just not Jewish.

    People you think are Jewish by force of wishful thinking:

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    Audrey Hepburn with Otto Frank and his second wife.

    Audrey Hepburn and Rami Malek are only Jewish in our hearts.

    People you think are Jewish because they seem like they have Jewish neshamas:

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    Liza Minnelli

    Liza Minelli,Molly Ringwald, and Alan Alda are not Jewish.

    People who seem Jewish because they directed “Fiddler On The Roof” and their last name is “Jewison:”

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    For all his faults, Tevye grows.

    Norman Jewison. Believe it: he’s not a Jew.

    Correction: This article originally noted that Matthew Broderick is not Jewish. He is. We are endlessly excited to have him and appropriately shamed.

    Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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    If you look at Bateman’s career, there is a rather large gap through the entire 1990s. It’s barely filled with forgettable TV movies and forgotten series, where Bateman could’t even get close to top billing. Then, as we get into the 2000s, Bateman came out of nowhere to become a leading man, a handsome-but-not-striking-yet-so-relatable everyman avatar with excellent comedic timing. You know, like Michael J. Fox!

    For what else happened as the 1990s turned into 2000s? Fox revealed his struggles with Parkinson’s and had to retreat from the limelight… only for Bateman to take over his niche. Heck, as we watch “Ozarc”, where Bateman’s character is called “Marty”, we can’t help but think back to Fox’s breakthrough role.


    And let’s not forget “Teen Wolf Too”!

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    September 17, 2018

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    September 17, 2018

    Comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Jeffrey Tambor, actress Goldie Hawn, Israeli American media mogul Haim Saban and actor George Segal are getting their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Their names were announced recently in the annual list put out by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

    Among the five Jewish honorees, all but Hawn were listed under the television category. Silverman is best known for her standup comedy but created her own Comedy Central series, “The Sarah Silverman Program,” which ran from 2007 to 2010. She also performed on “Saturday Night Live” during the sketch show’s 1993-94 season.

    Tambor has starred in dozens of films and shows since the 1970s but is best known for his recent roles on the shows “Arrested Development” and “Transparent.” In the latter series he plays a transgender patriarch of a Jewish family in Los Angeles.

    Hawn, who got her start as a ditzy go-go dancer on TV’s “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” went on to win an Academy Award for best supporting actress for “Cactus Flower” and appeared in a string of hit films in the 1970s, including “There’s a Girl in My Soup,” “Butterflies Are Free,” “The Sugarland Express” and “Shampoo.”  In “Private Benjamin,” she played a pampered Jewish girl who joins the Army.

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    Saban started the now defunct Saban Entertainment group, which distributed popular children’s action-hero shows such as “Power Rangers” and the American version of “Dragonball Z.” His estimated net worth is over $3 billion.

    Segal is more famous for his film work, having appeared in classics such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Hot Rock.” He has also appeared on dozens of shows, including the current ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs.”

    Others on the list include actors Amy Adams, Jason Bateman and Mark Ruffalo.

    The new stars will be installed next year. — jta

    Jason Bateman is an actor who rose to prominence as an adolescent actor in the 1980s in sitcoms such as Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family. He was on the acclaimed sitcom Arrested Development for which he won many awards. He has appeared in many films, including Juno, Hancock, Horrible Bosses, Zootopia and Bad Words.

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    The Jewish mourning ritual has rarely featured in Hollywood movies, but new comedy-drama ‘This is Where I Leave You’ places it at the heart of events. Writer Jonathan Tropper explains why.

    “Seven days? I don’t know if you’re gonna make it,” one woman says to the four grown Altman children who have come home to sit shiva for their father in “This is Where I Leave You,” the star-studded new film featuring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and Adam Driver, based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 novel of the same name.

    They argue if they can do five, or maybe three. “Seven!” says the good looking, young Reform-style rabbi helping them understand the ritual. “In Hebrew, shiva means seven,” he says.

    “He just wanted his kids under one roof,” adds their mother (Fonda, sporting prosthetic boobs) regarding their father’s last request. “So for the next seven days, you are all grounded.”

    Many families do not weather the intense mourning period well, but throw in four very different siblings – including the morose Judd (Bateman), who just discovered his wife is cheating on him; the man-child Phillip (Driver), who is engaged to his therapist; and the caustic sister Wendy (Fey), whose true love lives across the street – not to mention their oversharer mom intent on publicizing their peccadilloes in her book, and you have a week full of obnoxious jabs and brawling and sneaking around just to get a break from the claustrophobic shiva house, teeming with food, family and community.

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    “This is Where I Leave You” might be the first time the Jewish ritual of mourning has been splayed out so grandly in popular culture. Not that Tropper, the novelist-screenwriter-exec producer behind “Leave,” ever believed a film about this topic would catch Warner Bros.’ interest.

    “Shiva would be a tough sell to any studio,” Tropper, 44, tells Haaretz. “But a quiet novel about a family coming together when they’re all falling apart? It’s not what you think of as studio fare these days.”

    Thrown for a loop

    The novelist, known for his angst-ridden male narrators looking for love and meaning in life, was raised in a Modern Orthodox home, and he infuses his books with a latent type of Judaism that somehow is all-American – a character trait more than a religion.

    “Both the book and film is about a family that hasn’t identified Jewishly and are thrown for a loop when they’re asked to sit shiva,” he says. “There is a universality to it.”

    But there’s also specificity to it, with the many Jewish references that other films tend to screw up (especially when it comes to religious Jews – such as in “A Price Above Rubies” and “A Stranger Among Us”). There’s the enthusiastic rabbi trying to enthrall his congregation with “Can I get a ‘Shabbat shalom’?” and “What do you say we get this party started?”; the Hebrew school classroom upstairs (where the brothers get stoned and set off the fire alarm) which has a Hebrew vowel lesson on the blackboard; and the low, uncomfortable chairs the Altmans awkwardly sit on – which Tropper added to the set, even though usually only the Orthodox use them during mourning.

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  • “I thought that would be a great detail to drive home the fact that they’re doing something different than sitting on couches all day,” he said, also crediting his director, Shawn Levy (“Night at The Museum,” “Date Night”) – a Canadian Jew “from a pretty strong background” – with paying attention to those particulars.

    Not that they had to worry about too many details, the family being so secular and all. “Because this is an unaffiliated family, we had a free pass. This is not a family that has to get things right,” Tropper notes. (The film’s fun and pathos comes from how many things they get wrong – but still stick together. “You guys are idiots, but you’re my idiots,” Fey’s character says to her brothers.)

    They also had a free pass because only the father is Jewish, Jane Fonda’s mother character is not (in the book, the mother’s religion isn’t spelled out). “Even before we cast Jane [Fonda], it would make sense that they’re half Jewish; it would further their sense of alienation and their sense of surprise,” Tropper says about their mother forcing them to follow the religious ritual. “And obviously once we cast Jane, there’s no way anyone would see her as a Jewish mom.”

    Tropper didn’t change all that much from the book – especially Jewishly. “A lot of people suspect that I’d have gotten pressure from either the studio or the producer, but I think once you buy into the concept that these people are sitting shiva, it’s pretty ridiculous to ask them to tone down the Jewishness,” he explains.

    Although Tropper finds the act of turning his books into screenplays difficult (“It’s like doing surgery on your own child – but you’re not necessarily going to trust anyone else to do it”), he’s already adapted another of his novels – his most Jewish one to date. “One Last Thing Before I Go” (published in 2012) is about a man who declines heart-saving surgery because his life isn’t going as well as he’d hoped, until his father, a rabbi, takes him to all the Jewish life cycle events – bris, bar mitzvah, wedding, etc. – to convince him to change his mind. The film is in development, with names such as JJ Abrams (producing), Mike Nichols (directing), Johnny Depp and Dakota Fanning rumored to be attached.

    But Tropper has that Jewish – or writer’s – nervousness that it’s not good to talk about projects in development, lest they don’t happen. (He just wrapped the third season of his Cinemax show “Banshee,” an American crime-drama, and signed on to write the Steve Carell cancer drama “The Priority List.”) “You never know. None of it’s real until it’s done,” he says.

    Take this movie, for example. “You know there were a lot of points in the five years on working on this where it looked like it was going to fall apart – it actually did fall apart once or twice,” Tropper says, crediting two dogged producers for not letting it die. “I kind of had this ridiculous idea we were still going to get there.”

    “This is Where I Leave You” opens in U.S. theaters on September 19 and in Israel later this fall.

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    Following a blistering reaction on social media, Jason Bateman, one of the stars of “Arrested Development,” apologized on Thursday after an interview with The New York Times during which he defended Jeffrey Tambor, a co-star, and his on-set behavior toward another co-star, Jessica Walter.

    Similarly, what did Jason Bateman star in as a child? As a teen, actor Jason Bateman starred on 1980s sitcoms like ‘The Hogan Family. ‘ He has since starred on ‘Arrested Development’ and appeared in such films as ‘Juno,’ ‘The Change-Up’ and ‘Horrible Bosses.

    Keeping this in view, how much is Jason Bateman worth?

    Jason Bateman net worth: Jason Bateman is an American television and film actor who has a net worth of $30 million. Jason Bateman has been a mainstay on television since his debut in 1981, when he played James Cooper Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974).

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    Is Jason Bateman religious?

    Jason Bateman Religion. Jason is a Christian and has chosen in the last decade to work on primarily Christian-based productions. He married a Lebanese Christian and comes from a family that practiced the religion. His sister is also a public born-again Christian.

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    This really cracked me up for some reason – reading through all these and then seeing how short this one was. lol Also, to the other commenter, Jason Bateman mentioned one time on the Daily show that he isn’t Jewish. It was pretty funny actually, Jon Stewart corrected some Yiddish saying that Bateman was using, and then he apologized later after finding out Bateman was actually using the term correctly after all.


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