“Seth was the tenth actor to attempt to play the part, and nine other actors were fired,” Apatow revealed to MTV. “We would ask an actor to come out and shoot [a] scene, and I would come out and fire them or they quit.”
That revelation was an especially uncomfortable moment, particularly since Apatow was sitting next to Rogen at the time. So thank goodness he was kidding. The notion that rogen was the tenth choice to play the role is the concept for a fake documentary that Apatow will include on the “Knocked Up” DVD as a bonus feature. “[It’s] called ’Finding Ben Stone’ and it’s a search for who will play this character,” said the director who’s quickly becoming a comedy legend. “You see all of the other actors who I fired before I found Ben. So we have James Franco, and David Krumholtz, and Gerry Bednob who is Mooj from the ’40 Year Old Virgin.’ At one point I thought I could be the lead, and Justin Long is in it. It’s very funny, and it makes me look like an ass.”
Is Apatow turning into Christopher Guest? “Finding Ben Stone” isn’t the only fake documentary Apatow is planning for the DVD, he divulged. “There’s another fake documentary about the fact that I’m fighting with the studio so much, that they send [“Capote” director] Bennett Miller to oversee the shoots,” Apatow chuckled. “He’s trying to take control of the movie and it ends up in a big fist fight between me and Bennett. [Very] funny.”
“Knocked Up,” starring Seth rogen, Katherine Heigl and Paul Rudd, arrives in theaters on June 1st.