Don't feel bad if you don't remember Michel Gondry's 2011 film, The Green Hornet—with its 44% Rotten Tomatoes rating and scathing reviews calling it an "facetious industrial product," there are many who would thoroughly enjoy forgetting it ever happened. Like its star, Seth Rogen, for example, who admitted on Marc Maron's WTF podcast that the failed film "was a fucking nightmare."
"We got excited about the prospect of having that opportunity [to make a big, mainstream film] that we did it, being completely naive as to exactly how much of what makes us good would be basically stifled and evaporated, merely by signing on to do a movie of that budget and that rating," Rogen explained. "While we were making it, it was a fucking nightmare." Clearly, he had a lot of pent-up feelings about this.
Rogen's full recollection of what went wrong with the film:
Gondry, the director, is wonderful at smaller scale stuff but I think he did not mesh well with [a blockbuster film]. It was his first movie with more than a $20 million dollar budget and this was $120 million dollar budget. And we had never made an action movie, he had never made an action movie. And if there is one thing I look back on like, 'What was the problem there?' It was just the budget. We can't make a really edgy fun movie for our types of people for that amount of money. There's just too much skepticism that it draws. 'Mo money, 'mo problems. You can't take risks, [the studio] wouldn't let us take risks anyway. And that makes it very hard to make a movie that's exciting.
It's weird what risks they're willing to take. The script is under great scrutiny, the lines, the characters, the dialogue, he should have a father, it should be this, it should be that. We just wanted to get it made and not waste all this time. And then things like the action sequences, which is really where all the money's getting spent, go under no scrutiny whatsoever. No one looks at it. No one looks at the pre-vis. No one looks at the storyboards. What we spent like literally $50 million dollars on, no one checks out. And that's whats crazy. The way the money was spent and the way the money is spent on a lot of these movies is crazy.
When you look back on it, the things we spent the most money on were under the least amount of scrutiny of all the things in the movie. But overall, when you look back at the movies we've enjoyed making -- 'Superbad,' 'Pineapple Express,' 'Knocked Up,' this one 'This Is The End,' '50/50' was a lot of fun -- and it's the ones where they leave us alone and we can do whatever we want, we're in charge or our friends are in charge, and we are free to do whatever we want [that turn out the best]. There were so many times on 'Green Hornet' where we were like, 'It'd be funny if this happens,' and they'd be like, 'Yeah, well we can't do that cause it's R-rated.' I think we hoped we could be the guys who made the edgy PG-13 movie but we just couldn't really do it.
This isn't the only time Rogen has spoken about harboring some regrets about the film. On the Doug Loves Movies podcast last week, he pretty much said a sequel will only happen if hell freezes over: "No, that'd be a nightmare...I would rather just not work for a year." Zing!
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