Seth Rogen's Unflattering Description of His Green Hornet Character
12.30.10 by BJSprecher
Actor-writer-producer Seth Rogen is known for his self-deprecating humor, but it was his character in the upcoming The Green Hornet adaptation that was the subject of his latest comedic dress down. In the movie, Rogen plays Britt Reid, a rich partyboy who decides to become the costumed crimefighter known as the Green Hornet after he inherits his father's (Tom Wilkinson) publishing empire fortune. But, according to Rogen in a recent interview with ContactMusic, simply choosing crimefighting over partying doesn't make Reid a hero.
No, he's not a hero in any way that you would expect him to be a hero, in any way, shape or form. He's really not that awesome when you meet him, I have to say. He's kind of [a] douchebag. A somewhat entertaining douchebag, but a douchebag all the same.
Rogen, who wrote The Green Hornet with his friend and collaborator, Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express), said that one of the common superhero conventions that he wanted play around with is the notion of a hero having a sidekick.
There are two guys out there, risking their lives, getting shot at—and one of them is the sidekick? Let's be clear about this, Batman and Robin do exactly the same thing.
Though The Green Hornet is often lumped into the generic category of "superhero movies," neither the Green Hornet nor his partner, Kato (Jay Chou), have any powers, per se. But, Rogen went on to say that the duo's friendship is what makes them a powerful team.
In our approach, the relationship is the superpower. Alone these guys are kind of nothing, but together they're able to accomplish things that no mere mortal ever could.
The Green Hornet was directed by Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind). Cameron Diaz, Edward Furlong, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz also star.