When Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson run around like idiots on Google’s campus in the upcoming summer comedy The Internship, they’ll have done so with the full cooperation of the real-life search giant. Why? To improve the image of computer geeks everywhere.
Yesterday’s kick-off to the 2013 Google I/O conference has already yielded some innovations to the company’s many products, like conversational search and Spotify-like music streaming. But according to a post on Deadline Hollywood, Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page took the stage to explain that The Internship is part of the company’s hopes to make computer science seem more appealing to the masses.
Here’s what he had to say about the Shawn Levy-direct flick:
“Computer science has a marketing problem. We’re the nerdy curmudgeons. [But] the guy who plays the head of search [in the movie] is by far the coolest guy in the movie, and we’re really excited about that.”
Cooler than Owen Wilson? DOUBTFUL.
In all seriousness, it’s great that the movie will be portraying computer science in a positive light. On the other hand, the fact that it’ll take a movie starring the dudes from Wedding Crashers as two unemployed schmucks who scam their way into working at Google doesn’t bode well for the lasting effect that the company’s portrayal may have. On the other-other hand, it’ll still probably make computer science seem more attractive than Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Mark Zuckerberg, lonely sociopath, in The Social Network.
Will The Internship spawn thousands of more comp-sci majors? Isn’t Tony Stark enough of a science-nerd hero for the future of American students? We may just have to wait until the movie releases on June 7 to find out.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
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