Recently, we conducted the first interview with the incomparable Seth Rogen following his announcement that visionary director Michel Gondry would be directing him in the soon-to-shoot movie reimagining of “The Green Hornet.” But we were really intrigued when he revealed that the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director had already filmed a key action scene on his own dime.
“To convince the studio to let him do it, he filmed a fight scene on his own," Rogen told us. "He just hired stunt men and did it by himself! Just to show some of the stuff he could do, some of the weird filming techniques he has and some of the stuff he can pull off. I mean, this is something he did in two days and it was instantly unlike anything you've ever seen before.”
Naturally, I had to press him for more details, but the “Pineapple Express” star struggled for words. “I can’t describe it man,” he laughed.
And true, it may be impossible for any of us to try explaining the visuals in something like “Science of Sleep” or “Be Kind Rewind,” but nevertheless Rogen’s struggle to describe the fight scene gives us a peek at his unorthodox plan to marry his own films with those of Gondry.
“I mean, he’s able to do things with frame rates and…I mean in shots, just ways you’ve never quite seem them work before,” he explained of Gondry’s top-secret audition footage, which we can only pray ends up on the eventual DVD in 2010. “I’m sure it was all done very simply, but it’s weird. I’ve tried to describe it to people, and I literally just have a hard time. It’s hard to do without acting it out, so over the phone it’d be impossible.”
Maybe if we’re lucky, next time we interview Seth on camera we can get him to do a full-on “Green Hornet” fight scene demonstration for us. But until then, we‘ll just contemplate Rogen, Gondry, frame rate manipulation and all the coolness it will yield when the movie starts shooting in a few weeks.
Are you as excited for “Green Hornet” as we are? Or has “Mystery Men” and similar films convinced you that funny superhero films just don’t work?