Saturday, April 20, 2024

Exclusive: Seth Rogen On Listening to Barbra Streisand’s Audio Book: “I Come Off OK” — Plus the Future of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


One of the highlights of the past awards weekend was spending time with the very funny and canny Seth Rogen. I had never really talked with him before, but I always liked his movies, especially Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” with Elizabeth Banks. They made it for Miramax.

Harvey Weinstein drove them crazy on it, Seth said when I talked to him at the swanky BAFTA tea at the Maybourne Hotel on Saturday.

More importantly, I wanted to know if he’d read Barbra Streisand’s 992 page autobiography, “My Name is Barbra.” Rogen played Streisand’s son in the 2012 comedy, “Guilt Trip.” The movie was about a road trip with a mother and son.

Rogen said, “As a matter of fact I’m on the 41st hour of listening to the audio book. I had a good time making that movie so I’m glad I come off pretty well.”

In the book, Streisand writes: “Seth Rogen, who played my son, is as funny off-screen as on, and I liked the way he could insert something a little unexpected into a comic tirade.” She even made him ice cream cones from her favorite ice cream.

Considering the long list of more critical observations of her co-stars, Rogen did get off easy!

The BAFTA tea was on Saturday. On Sunday, I sat with Seth and the other producers of last year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” It was up for Best Animated Feature but lost to “Into the Spider Verse.” Rogen voiced a character and also contributed to the screenplay.

The movie made $180 million around the world.

When I asked all of them if there would be a sequel, the group raised their glasses and toasted each other. “It made enough to make a sequel,” Rogen said.

PS Even though they were often collaborators, Rogen is not in touch with James Franco. Let’s leave it at that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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