If you enjoy loud, bombastic laughs and down-to-earth honesty, then you absolutely must check out the Seth Rogen interview on You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. Both guys guffaw like hyenas on nitrous oxide. But their ridiculous cackles only provide one side of the entertainment. As a result of Holmes's expert interviewing skills, you learn a great deal of Seth Rogen fun facts in this episode; though they never get around to talking about sex, they do cover comedy and religion, as always on Holmes's podcast. Oh, and of course they tackle Rogen's known drug usage, because for a Seth Rogen interview on You Made It Weird that's what the people want to know.
While Rogen says little about religion other than being raised Jewish, he goes deep into his comedic background and the childhood which shaped his voice and style. Anyone who started stand-up at age 14 has a few stories to tell, and more than a few include mushrooms. Take a look at what you learned about Seth Rogen on You Made it Weird.
He And Evan Take Forever To Conceptualize MoviesPhoto: AMC
Rogen says the actual writing of a movie script takes up 5% of their creative process. He and writing partner Evan Goldberg discuss an idea for years before ever putting it down on paper. He used to think the duo wrote movies quickly, until he realized he and Goldberg wrote the movies so quickly because they conceptualized them for years. That's at least true for the good movies, not so much with the crappy ones.287Is this surprising?
His Mom's Favorite Movie Is 'Die Hard'Photo: 20th Century Fox
Her second favorite movie is Total Recall. Basically, his mom sounds awesome. Even more importantly, Rogen says his parents' love of film it allowed him watch and enjoy cinema with them, though it came with some drawbacks:
"It was awkward... watching a three-boobed alien with your parents."219Is this surprising?
James Franco Once Stole A Line From HimPhoto: Columbia Pictures
During the filming of Pineapple Express, Rogen thought of a funny line, but decided against using it. Chuckling to himself between takes, he told a curious Franco the line. On the very next take, Franco used the line as he sniffed some ganja and said, "It smells like God's vagina." The line itself appears in the final cut for the film. This seminal moment taught Seth the value of being fearless as an actor. And to not trust Franco with anything.2616Is this surprising?
He's Having A (Small) Identity CrisisPhoto: Universal Pictures
For a long time Rogen identified as a person "who doesn't do things." He's starting to come to the realization that he likes doing things, and he has to accept that now. It sounds like a rather painful transformation.2920Is this surprising?