Justin Long reclaims his acting mojo in "Distance"

Wed Sep 1, 2010 6:25pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nobody ever said Hollywood relationships were easy, and the on-again off-again affair of Justin Long and Drew Barrymore certainly proves that out.

Are they still on? Are the off? This Friday, as the pair's romantic comedy "Going the Distance" debuts in theaters, it looks as if they are on, although one never truly knows.

But if there is something Long is certain about, he told Reuters earlier this month, he has reclaimed his love of acting -- his "mojo," as he put it.

Long, 32, worked on television as a teenager and broke into movies in geeky roles on comedies such as 2004's "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."

Despite the fact that he has starred in some big-budget flicks like "Live Free or Die Hard," he is perhaps best known as the Mac guy from the "Mac vs. PC" commercials for Apple computers.

The ads' success helped make for an easy life and career, and it was only when he returned to a small theater in Massachusetts in July that he reclaimed his soul as an actor.

"Doing the play woke me up and revitalized my level of passion and love for acting," said Long. "I feel like I kinda got my acting mojo back this summer."

If only he would have said the same about Barrymore, which is what all the tabloids want to know, anyway. The pair have been locked in up-and-down relationship in recent years when they were often apart shooting different movies, which closely follows the plot of "Going the Distance."   Continued...

<p>Cast members Drew Barrymore and Justin Long pose at the premiere of "Going the Distance" in Hollywood, California August 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>