Seth Rogen is speaking out about the problems he had making movies like “The Interview” and “This is the End.” The world’s possibly most famous pot head did so while giving some insight into his day to day life in an interview with GQ UK Magazine.
About himself, Seth Rogen admitted to smoking as many as nine joints a day. His smoking starts at the same time every day at around 7:15 in the morning. But before that first joint he has some coffee to get going. It is doubtful, however, that any amount of coffee will counter the effects of all of that marijuana which he smokes.
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Rogen told the story about how British actress Emma Watson once walked off the set of one of his movies. In the 2013 film “This is the End,” Seth Rogen and his closest pals like James Franco, Jonah Hill and Jay Baruchel all played themselves experiencing the apocalypse. The movie also featured Michael Cera, Danny McBride and Rihana all playing themselves.
Apparently the Harry Potter muse took issue with a scene which involved cannibalism. So she simply left rather than be a part of filming it. But Seth Rogen bears no grudges towards her.
“I mean, I don’t look back on that and think, ‘How dare she do that?’ You know?,” Rogen said. “I think sometimes when you read something, when it comes to life it doesn’t seem to be what you thought it was.”
Watson’s scenes remained in the picture, however. And Seth Rogen and Emma Watson also parted on good terms. “But it was not some terrible ending to our relationship. She came back the next day to say goodbye,” explains Rogen. “She helped promote the film. No hard feelings and I couldn’t be happier with how the film turned out in the end.”
This may be because Watson’s criticism also helped Rogen make a better movie in the end. He changed the controversial scene because of Watson’s objections. On that point he said, “She was probably right. It was probably funnier the way we ended up doing it.”
But Rogen does have hard feelings towards one person in particular: Michael Lynton. Lynton was the head of Sony Pictures at the time of the making of his film “The Interview.” Rogen calls him “Beelzebub.” Specifically, “He was a dude in his early sixties, relatively fit, red skin, large horns, a tail, hooves and a legion of screaming demons flanking him at all times.”
“I assume he won’t like that [description]. Or maybe he will look down from his bony throne to the screaming minions below him and he will think, ‘You know, it’s probably a pretty fair description.’”
So what is the cause of this animosity? Well Rogen says that it was Lynton who insisted that the movie be about the real North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and not a fictitious character. This may have lead to the North Korean hack of Sony systems in which its private e mails were released. Then Rogen says that he was pressured to make all sorts of changes to the movie. In the end, “The Interview” was pulled from theaters entirely for fear of violence on the part of North Korean agents.
“Well, mainly that a lot of comedians have the sense they are embroiled in some sort of, quote-unquote, controversy, but none of that was controversial,” explained Rogen. “They’ve experienced hypothetical controversy of people getting mad at them on Twitter. The president didn’t hold a press conference about their controversy. There weren’t books and documentaries and classes in universities dedicated to the fallout.”