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This story first appeared in the May 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
“I had a cameo, and it got cut,” said Google chairman Eric Schmidt with a laugh, referring to the new Owen Wilson–Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, which is set at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Schmidt talked about the movie during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter regarding his just-published book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, which he co-wrote with Jared Cohen, who heads the company’s in-house think tank, Google Ideas, and is a former State Department advisor to Hilary Clinton.
When asked whether he had any fears that the Shawn Levy-directed Fox film (out June 7) — about two middle-aged salesmen looking to rejuvenate their careers by landing internships at the company — would make the tech giant look bad, Schmidt was nonchalant.
“The people who read it before filming started said, ‘This is hilarious, and if it’s a little embarrassing, it’ll be fine.’ One of the rules at Google is, you can be serious without wearing a suit. From my perspective, if you want to do a silly movie about Google, let’s talk about it.”
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