Seth Rogen Vents About "Uninformed" Online Criticism of The Green Hornet
01.13.11 by BJSprecher
It's hard to think of another superhero-themed movie in recent memory that has received as much negative press before it comes out as director Michel Gondry's (Be Kind Rewind) The Green Hornet adaptation. Right out of the gate, many fans were vocally opposed to producer and co-writer Seth Rogen playing the lead part of Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet, based upon his, ahem, somewhat less than athletic physique and his goofball comedy-stacked resume. Then, once the production got under way, every little snag, from cast changes to release date delays, was scrutinized and criticized and amplified in fan forums and chat room debates, until all that was heard about the movie was predominantly negative buzz.
However, on the eve of the release of The Green Hornet in theaters, some early reviews have begun to trickle in and so far the general consensus is positive. A reviewer for ComingSoon called it a "surprisingly funny and ingeniously clever take on superheroes," and a review on MovieFone declared that the "cast is great, the action scenes are very cool, and many of the ideas congeal unexpectedly well." In a recent interview with MTV, Rogen vented on how "frustrating" it has been to read some of the "insane and completely uninformed and uneducated" criticism that the movie has received online before it has even opened in theaters, especially from supposedly comic-friendly sites that he used to respect.
It's something that my writing partner, Evan [Goldberg (Pineapple Express)], would constantly have to remind me of throughout the process, in that this is kind of always exactly what we thought would happen. From the second we thought of doing a movie like this, I mean, I literally remember talking about it like, "Everyone's going to think it's going to be insane and terrible and we'll just have to keep our heads down and make it, and then it'll come out and then people will slowly see that we weren't nuts and that it was actually a good idea." And, that's pretty much exactly what's happening.
But, as you get wrapped up in it, as there's two years of time where people are saying how bad it is, without having seen anything, it does get frustrating and, ultimately, just disappointing, more than anything. I mean, you look at these outlets that, as a comic book nerd, I kind of respected at times and thought were interesting voices just say things that are insane and completely uninformed and uneducated and based on no reality whatsoever, and it's kind of like, "Oh, that's disappointing. I thought these guys were cool." But they're not. They're just like everybody else.
It is nice that people actually have to base their assumptions on the movie now and not just what they think the movie is going to be like.
The Green Hornet is based on the classic masked crimefighter created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker that originally debuted in a 1930s radio serial. Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Edward Furlong, Edward James Olmos Tom Wilkinson and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz also star.