JASON Bateman owes his career to his Juno costar Jennifer Garner.
According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, Bateman nearly walked away from showbiz after poor ratings doomed his critically acclaimed TV series Arrested Development.
But, sources say, Jennifer begged Jason to play her hubby in the 2007 indie comedy Juno, and his big-screen career exploded.
“Jason was ready to throw in the towel and move to Italy and open a coffee shop,” a source said.
“He’d have worked in a factory or at a garage – anything to get out of Hollywood.
“Jason felt that he had hit a wall in Hollywood and he would never make it to the A-list. After all these years, he wanted top billing.
“He seriously considered leaving L.A., until Jennifer called and begged him to play her husband in Juno.
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