IMAGE BREAKER: SETH ROGEN

By Jesse Nash

With his Yogi Bear body and geeky, self-deprecating demeanor, Seth Rogen is the first to admit that he’s not your typical Hollywood leading man. But he was catapulted into that category by playing naively ingratiating stoners in Superbad, Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Knocked Up.
“When you saw my naked butt in Knocked Up, I knew that would get a laugh because it sometimes gets me laughs in real life,” Rogen reveals.
Then, all of a sudden, Rogen landed the coveted superhero role in The Green Hornet, which he and his partner, Evan Goldberg, are writing. They’ve previously collaborated on Superbad, Pineapple Express and six episodes during the last season of Da Ali G Show.
“The Green Hornet is a big, commercial superhero movie,” Rogen says, “But we wouldn’t have hired [director] Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) if we didn’t want to push the envelope.”
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Rogen started doing stand-up at age 13 at the Lotus Club, a lesbian bar. He dropped out of high school and performed in clubs, including the Improv and Comedy Store, where he caught the eye of producer/writer/director Judd Apatow, who cast him as the resident rebel on Freaks and Geeks.
“When I first moved to LA, I went out to meet with agencies and one of them asked me what my goals were. I said, ‘To be in a Kevin Smith movie.’ That goal has not changed,” he maintains.
But Rogen’s eager to disown Internet imposters, telling the New York Post, “That’s not me on Twitter! I’m not on Facebook, I’m not on MySpace…I just think (social networking) is bullsh-t. Go out there and talk to people!”
Seth Rogen is currently starring in Observe and Report and has lent his voice to Monsters vs. Aliens. He also stars in Funny People with Adam Sandler due out this July and with great anticipation for his take on The Greet Hornet in 2010.