Comic Pairing: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

At a special preview screening of the apocalyptic comedy, \'This Is The End\', Shane A. Bassett caught up with co-writers and directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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In Australia to promote their outrageous new comedy, co-writers and directors of This Is The End, Seth Rogen (also starring) and Evan Goldberg, are great guys, so friendly and upbeat. The pair, who have been writing together since they were teens, have collaborated on a string of projects, co-writing Superbad, Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet and they now make their directorial debut with This Is The End.

Bassett: Observe & Report is one of your most underrated movies.
Rogen: I couldn\'t agree more, I was actually going through a box recently and found the badge I wore.
Goldberg: It is one of my favourite movies of his and I had nothing to do with it.

Bassett: You have made one of the funniest movies I\'ve seen since Porky\'s.
Rogen: Oh nice, also a Canadian production. [Laughs] A classic.
Goldberg: You just made me want to watch Porky\'s again.

Bassett: It\'s one of the greats and let’s just hope nobody remakes it and ruins it.
Goldberg: Oh they will.
Rogen: If anyone does it will be us! I\'m surprised we haven\'t been offered that.
 
Bassett: At any point with This Is The End, did you think you were going too far?
Goldberg: Lots of times. It felt good to go too far, we were encouraged by that.
Rogen: Yeah, that feeling is almost what we pursue the most, that we could be doing something possible horrible and people might hate it. That to us is the sweet spot to where you want to be. Keeping audiences guessing.
Goldberg: It\'s like a cookie, you can experiment or have taste tests and that\'s what we did with the film, test with an audience.
Rogen: It\'s like completing a higher degree of difficulty to be different, so if we fail we die. Kind of like Russian roulette.
 
Bassett: Did Sony Pictures actually read your full script before green-lighting the film?
Goldberg: Yes, some of the craziest ideas were some of their suggestions. Never has a studio for us taken a movie dirtier than they did on this one. They were into it and not afraid of what you might think they would be afraid of filming.
 
Bassett: Channing Tatum is seen briefly towards the end of the film but is mentioned near the start. Were any of his scenes cut?
Goldberg: You’re like the first person ever to notice this.
Rogen: We just wanted to lay the idea that Channing Tatum exists in the world of this movie [laughing] and make it subtle, just drop his name in your head to kind of subconsciously set him up a little bit.
Goldberg: We were always wondering if anyone got that, you did, well done.
 
Bassett: The houses in the film are both unique. Do either of you live in modern houses or are you interested in architecture, or was it simply a way to ham it up from an actor’s perspective?
Goldberg: He\'s big into architecture, I enjoy it, but I’m not into it.
Rogen: I like architecture. I have a lot of subscriptions to architectural magazines whatever that means. I don\'t live in a fancy modern house, I live in a Spanish style house.
Bassett: Was James Franco\'s house based on a real building?
Rogen: No, just based on a bunch of houses we drew from in a ton of magazines and books.
 
Bassett: A large array of stars appear in the film. Did you approach anyone to be involved but couldn\'t participate for whatever reason?
Rogen: Morgan Freeman refused to take part in the role of God. Others such as Edward Norton couldn\'t do it for scheduling reasons, Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks and Cameron Diaz were the same. Everyone was into it, which was kind of shocking.
 
Bassett: Your friends are all playing obnoxious versions of themselves. Do you think fans or audiences may perceive them a little bit differently now?

Rogen: Probably.........not. [Laughing]
Goldberg: Either the same or worse for sure.
Rogen: Jonah Hill acts nothing like that in real life, it was a real variable character he was doing.
 
Bassett: As directors, did you direct or just let them go for it?
Goldberg: We had to direct a little.
 
Bassett: Will the DVD have many deleted scenes?
Goldberg: Tons, there is a lot of Channing Tatum.
Rogen: All of his cut footage is disgusting [laughing].
 
Bassett: Early in the film, a paparazzi was following you at an airport. Does that kind of thing happen to you at all?
Rogen: Yes sometimes, but not that often. It\'s like that scene though, just one guy following me for a bit.
 
Bassett: Last but not least Seth, what are your memories of being on the set of Donnie Darko?
Rogen: You’re good. Oh man, I remember being really uncomfortable and not knowing what I was doing and remember not getting what the movie was about. There were a lot of young people there I got along with. Especially Jake [Gyllenhaal] and that guy, Alex Greenwald, who played my partner in the movie, he was a really nice guy, I run into him every once and a while.
To be in it was a fun experience.

This Is The End is released in cinemas July 18.

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