Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow’s writer/producer sidekick who brought us Superbad, Knocked Up, and The 40 Year Old Virgin, is getting slim to play the Green Hornet in his new movie, co-written with Superbad collaborator Evan Goldberg.
He gives MTV News some inside tidbits about the film:
"Just a few weeks ago, [co-writer Evan Goldberg and I] laid out our outline for the movie to the studio, and before the phone call, Evan and I were like, ‘This is not like any superhero movie — they might just hate that,’ " Rogen recalled. " ‘It’s not using any of the normal superhero movie formats. It’s not an origin story. It’s more like a regular action movie.’ [But] they really liked it and told us to go for it."
So hold onto your green fedoras, Hornet fans! The comedian told MTV News that he’s getting buff for his starring role as the flick’s titular character. Well, sort of.
"You should believe that I can do some physical activity," Rogen laughed. "You have to believe I can do something."
Getting slim is just one of the ways Rogen is staying true to the action aspects of the character, he asserted. And fans worried about just how well the ferocious talent behind "Superbad" and "Knocked Up" writes action? They should hold off judgment until his next movie hits theaters, Rogen said.
The news broke this summer that the beefy, bearded Mr. Rogen would be writing and likely starring as Brit Reid, millionaire publisher-turned-Batman-like crime fighter in the new film adaption of the radio series-turned-comic book-turned-tv show. The movie project has been in the works since the 1980s, with Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal have all been in the works to adorn the Green Hornet cape.
We can’t really picture how Mr. Rogen is going to look about 30 pounds thinner and in Spandex. But after all, we can’t see him as anything other than the pot-smoking, wise-ass freak who dated the tuba girl in Freaks and Geeks.