Seth Rogen Talks About Superbad's Conventional Comedic Stars
by Alex Billington
August 13, 2007
This upcoming weekend's best new movie, Superbad, needs all of YOU to go see it, so listen up! I saw it at a special screening at Comic-Con and absolutely loved it, even more than Knocked Up. It's just completely honest and yet over-the-top with an insanely hilarious story. If my glowing compliments haven't convinced you enough, then maybe this interview will. The interesting bit of this interview comes via SlashFilm where comedic powerhouse actor Seth Rogen commented on how mainstream press won't acknowledge that the stars of Superbad aren't actually unconventional.
Whereas some will argue that the cast of Superbad (and even the Seth Rogen half of Knocked Up) aren't exactly the best looking, they are quickly becoming some of the most recognized comedic faces and are certainly some of the funniest in all of Hollywood.
This transcript comes from the Hollywood Elsewhere blog, so thanks to them for doing the dirty work. It's quite interesting to hear how mainstream press considers this cast.
Seth Rogen: I'm noticing when you do a lot of interviews, often the reporters go in with something they want you to say and they'll keep asking questions until you say it. And the two things that people seem to want us to say more than anything is that audience's tastes have changed and that we are all unconventional guys to be in comedies -- both of which I very strongly disagree with.
Judd Apatow: Don't they remember Jack Klugman?
Apatow: I always talk about Jack Klugman. In fact, when I was trying to get ”unconventional” kids on Freaks and Geeks…that's a code word I use….
Rogen: …for Jewish. [Laughs] ”There are too many goddamn unconventionals at this country club!”
Apatow: ”I've got to go to temple with my unconventional friends.” But I always talked about Jack Klugman. Like, if you looked at all the great old television comedy, it was always Jack Klugman and Tony Randall and Phil Silvers.
Rogen: We're the new Phil Silvers, Jack Klugman, and Tony Randall!
Apatow: I don't know when it became that people thought funny people were all so handsome. That's just an idea that I've always rejected. But what happens is that when people become popular, then people think they're sexy also for some reason.
Jonah Hill: Thank God. Well, I think it's funny because every interview they say, ”You guys are leading men now and you're so unconventional,” or whatever the hell the word is…
Michael Cera: Untraditional.
Hill: And I go, like, ”Do you guys think Will Ferrell and Jack Black look different from us? Those guys are big movie stars!”
Rogen: If every comedy star is unconventional, doesn't that then become conventional? Apatow: Do you guys get insulted by that?
Rogen: No, I honestly just think they're crazy. It makes me feel like they've never heard of Albert Brooks or Woody Allen or W.C. Fields or the Marx Brothers or any other comedian.
Hill: They're acting like we're making movies like Bourne Ultimatum. It's not like we're in like f---ing Ocean's 11 or something like that. We're making comedies!
Rogen: It's a weird stance to take.
Hill: And it's everybody's stance.
It's an interesting consideration and quite funny to look at how mainstream media views these actors. Superbad hits theaters this weekend on August 17th and is truly worth seeing. If these guys and their statements above haven't convinced you to go see it, then I don't know what else will.
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