Seth Rogen Talks Green Hornet and Kevin Smith's Porno

Unlike yesterday's first half of my interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco to preview their flick Pineapple Express, today's half takes a more adult turn -- which could only be expected when Rogen, famous now for his foul-mouthed characters, starts answering questions about his onscreen love of the ganja weed (in other words, read at your own peril). Is it possible this guy is going to turn even the Green Hornet, one of television's most beloved superheroes, into a pot-smoking slacker, too?

Cole Haddon: Seth, your characters in Knocked Up and Pineapple Express share chronic habits.

Seth Rogen: [smirks] Yes.

CH: And so is this, uh, method acting for you?

SR: [laughs] I guess so. I mean, no. I don't smoke weed on set all day. I just want to say that, you know, not all day. After lunch, you get tired. What can you do? To me, the fact that a character smokes weed isn't really what I hang my hat on necessarily. To me, [Dudley Moore's] Arthur and James Bond aren't the same because they both drink. So I would kind of equate it to that. They're different guys who both have a similar habit. To me, they're very different guys, though.

CH: What are you guys actually smoking during all those scenes?

SR: It's this shit called "Wizard Smoke." I didn't like it. Franco didn't have that hard of a time with it. Franco will smoke anything.

CH: I take it that there's no pot smoking in The Green Hornet script?

SR: [laughs] We put the green in The Green Hornet. No. There isn't any at all actually.

CH: A superhero actioner like that is a very different kind of writing. What have you learned as a screenwriter to help you tackle the project and what's the status of that script?

SR: We're done with the script. We got a release date, [too]. June 25th, 2010. [And] it was actually helpful having made this movie, in the writing of another kind of action movie. We learned exactly how specific you can or can't be.

CH: Do you have to be more disciplined as a writer, writing something like The Green Hornet as compared to Pineapple Express?

SR: No, not necessarily. Luckily the MPAA decided that violence is fine. When you're doing an action movie, you can really have as much violence as you want. In writing The Green Hornet, we haven't hit many situations where we were like, "You know what would make this scene better? If Kato said 'cocksucker.'" That hasn't come up that many times. I mean, I'd say that action-wise we've been able to do anything that we could've ever wanted.

CH: So you're going to play the Green Hornet?

SR: Don't say it like that. [laughs] We want to do a Green Hornet/Green Goblin crossover movie in 2012. Green to the 2!

CH: What do you like so much about the Green Hornet character?

SR: To us it was just kind of this funny notion that when you say "The Green Hornet" to people, the first thing anyone says is, "Hey, Bruce Lee played Kato in that show." We've always wanted to make this hero sidekick movie. That was always an unexplored area to us, and for years we've actually been trying to write a movie that was about a hero and his sidekick. Then when we heard that The Green Hornet movie was up for grabs. We thought that could be the most perfect way to do this story because he is the only hero whose sidekick is actually more known than he is.

CH: You and Kevin Smith are, in your own ways, kings of the vulgar comedy. How dirty is the movie you've cooked up with him?

SR: What movie? Zack and Miri Make a Porno? I would say that it's pretty dirty language-wise. To me, it literally doesn't even register in my brain anymore. It doesn't seem that dirty to me. I actually just saw it at a test screening about a week ago, and it was really like a romantic comedy to me. Yes, it is dirty, but more than anything it's like a romantic relationship movie with a lot of porn and balls.

CH: Your balls?

SR: No, my balls are not in it.

CH: Is it true that you guys are having trouble scoring it an R rating?

SR: It is true. That's all there is to it really. We live in a world where you can disembowel someone in a youth hostel in Romania, but you can't show people having sex. I think it's weird. I don't know what to do about it. I'm taking suggestions, but I mean, when I watched the movie, part of me felt like, "Yeah, let's go for an NC-17 rating." But when I watched it, I honestly don't think it deserves it. We've done some dirty stuff and this isn't anything outside of what we've done before. I just feel like since the word "porno" is in the title ... that kind of freaks people out, even though it is like the number one industry in the universe.

Editor's Note: Happy Ending, Zack and Miri got an R rating!