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SETH ROGEN ON SACHA BARON COHEN"He's the only guy I've worked with [Rogen was a...
SETH ROGEN ON SACHA BARON COHEN
"He's the only guy I've worked with [Rogen was a writer on Da Ali G Show and also did uncredited work on Borat] who really invented a new kind of comedy. He thought of something no-one else was doing, and he's the only guy that can do it. It's amazing because when you're writing this stuff, you forget that he also does it. He's such a good writer that you forget that he's also able to pull all this shit off. Sacha creates the characters, definitely. But he's not stupid, and anyone who is confident and collaborative knows that if you have ten funny guys in a room, you'll probably get better stuff than if you have one funny guy in a room. Da Ali G Show used mostly British writers, but us Canadians are pretty similar. It's almost like the best of both worlds because Canadians know all of America's culture but we view it as outsiders in the same way that British people do. But we just grow up with all-American TV shows, all-American movies and all-American news. But instead of watching it and thinking "˜Man, I can't believe our country's so fucked up' we watch it as "˜I can't believe their country's so fucked up.' I just really got along with Sacha. We're still friends, and I marvel at how normal he is in real life. Like whenever I'm at a party, and he's there, we end up just talking to each other because we're just like, "˜Who are all these famous people here?' He's incredibly easy-going and cool, and I'm honoured that I'm one of the guys he calls to help him work on things."
JUDD APATOW ON JIM CARREY
"Jim is the funniest of them all. He's covered a lot of ground and he's always looking for a way to do something new and not repeat himself. But when you've made some of the funniest movies of all time, and he's also done some of the great dramas of all time between The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, I just think that he wants to do other things. He'll probably wind up doing other successful comedies but he's not going to settle and he'd rather wait for something great than to just do anything. This is a guy who could have made funny broad comedies like Ace Ventura forever, but he took gigantic chances to say, "˜I want to work with Peter Weir. I want to work with Milos Forman.' It's hard because the industry doesn't want you to take chances, so I admire him for following his own artistic heart. And you always wind up taking hits for that because if you provide something that people like, with a certain flavour, but you want to keep pushing the boundaries of what you do, then you're denying them something that they already like. Which on some level, people find selfish. But I don't think you get The Truman Show unless you made a choice to do The Cable Guy, and to lay down the gauntlet and try new things. People go through different phases for different reasons. It's all self-exploration, so it's fun to check out the dark side and the light side. But you're taking a risk, and I notice now more than ever that it takes courage to toss aside much of what you've learned to try something new. And that's the moment I'm in right now with my next few projects. It's exciting but you have to be willing to fail every time out."
Superbad is released in cinemas on September 20. To read an interview with Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and the cast of Superbad, pick up the latest issue of FILMINK Magazine, which is available now.