Do you remember ‘Spree to the end’? The 2013 film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg was their attempt to give apocalyptic movies their trademark stamp. For this they surrounded themselves with some of their best friends, such as James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera or Danny McBride playing themselves. The film was packed with stellar appearances and cameos, from Rihanna and Channing Tatum to Emma Watson. About the latter it was always said that something happened on the set and that she and Rogen did not end very well.
Seth Rogen has revealed in an interview with GQ that, indeed, there was a run-in with the ‘Harry Potter’ actress for a scene she had to record with Danny McBride as a cannibal and Channing Tatum as a submissive in leather dress. Watson refused to shoot the scene and left. Rogen tries to take iron out of the matter: “I don’t look back thinking ‘how dare he?’ You know, I think sometimes when you read something, when it comes to life it doesn’t look like what you thought it would be. But it was not a terrible end to our relationship. He came back the next day to say goodbye. He helped promote the movie. There are no grudges and I couldn’t be happier with how the movie ended up coming out.“. Emma Watson suggested changes to that scene and Rogen and Goldberg agreed: “She was probably right. It was probably funnier how we ended up doing it.”.
In the same interview, Seth Rogen remembers when he asked Snoop Dogg to compose a song for the film and in the process, with Rogen leading the way, “He lowered his head and stopped to think. Then he looked at one of his guys and said ‘Get the girls'”. Suddenly a group of scantily clad women entered and began to dance around the rapper as he wrote the song on his Blackberry.. All Seth Rogen was thinking about was where all those women were and are they always available to dance around Snoop Dogg whenever he needed inspiration.
The ‘The Interview’ incident, years later
With less humor he remembers the whole incident from ‘The Interview’. In the report, Seth Rogen claims that it was Sony who imposed that the film had to show Kim Jong-un and not a fictional dictator. When the film was already shot, in a meeting with Michael Lynton, president of the studio, and an expert who admitted that when North Korea issued a statement condemning the film and threatening the United States, the country would have already hacked into Sony’s network and they would have already seen the film. What came next was widely covered by the SonyHack that ended up with loads of emails and private information posted online. ‘The Interview’ was released directly on DVD and digital platforms. Rogen remembers everything still with a feeling of surrealism: “Many comedians have the feeling that they are involved in some kind of ‘controversy’ but nothing is controversial. They have experienced hypothetical controversy by people getting angry with them on Twitter. The president did not hold a press conference on their controversy. There were no books, no documentaries, no university classes about it “. He believes that the former Sony president regrets not having released it in theaters.
What he is grateful for is that Donald Trump was not yet president when the entire crisis of ‘The Interview’ occurred: “He would have sent us to North Korea! Men would have appeared, they would have thrown me in a van, they would have put me in the hold of an airplane and parachuted me to Pyongyang to be executed. I can’t even imagine “.