'The Green Hornet' Panel: Seth Rogen Brings His Pulp Hero To Comic-Con

The Green HornetBy Ryan Downey

At long last, Seth Rogen has brought "The Green Hornet" to Comic-Con, and he made the arrival official with a panel Friday night. Here's the minute-by-minute report:

5:31

Seth takes the stage. "I'm sorry if you were expecting Ryan Reynolds," he joked. "He's in another kickass comic book movie. And for the record I know he can kick my ass. I'm tired of being asked that."

5:32

Footage begins. The first cheer in the footage was for Christoph Waltz. The footage is not in 3D.

5:38

Michel Gondry, Waltz, Evan Goldberg, and producer Neil Moritz join Seth on stage. Seth begins by saying he and Evan always wanted to make a hero / sidekick movie. "The challenge was to make [all of the references to prior incarnations] feel organic," he said.

5:41

Gondry said the relationship between Britt and Kato attracted him to the movie. "We wanted to explore that relationship," Rogen agreed.

5:42

"I was asked to play this very subtle character," Waltz joked. "I was asked to join this extraordinary group of men."

5:44

Neil said they all hate bad 3D and pushed the release date back in order to allow time to get it right.

5:45

Rogen introduces an unfinished 3D sequence where the pair bond over their mutual hatred for Britt's father. The clip includes "Kato vision" during a very cool and sort of trippy (in Gondry fashion) fight sequence.

5:49

Seth said he did some of his own stunts, but "I'm no hero kids!" He said Jay does a lot of stunts and his own music.

5:50

"As long as there are guys like Louis CK you don't need me doing standup comedy," Seth said in answer to a question about returning to standup.

5:52

Waltz said he wanted to work with Seth and Gondry. "He hadn't won the Oscar yet when we got him. That's how we tricked him," Seth joked.

5:54

"Writing is fun because you don't have to shave and lose weight," Seth said about writing vs acting.

5:55

Loud cheers for a fan dressed as Kato stepping up to the mic. "I was sweating under mine but it was worth it," Seth said in answer to a question about doing stunts in masks.

5:56

Why use the original costumes? "We figured if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Seth said.

5:57

Gondry felt it was important to respect the character and the legacy of Bruce Lee.

5:58

Seth told a girl she seemed "super baked right now." She admitted he was right. "Save me some," he said.

6:04

Seth said his character becomes more heroic and responsible than any other character he's ever played.

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