Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are at SXSW to promote their new film “Long Shot”, and during a panel session about the film the Vancouver-born star weighed the pros and cons of streaming vs. theatres.
While admitting he enjoyed Netflix’s “Roma”, Rogen, 36, said that his comedies are meant to be viewed in a theatre.
“Personally, with our comedies, I think a theatre is the best place to see them,” Rogen told the audience, recalling his own moviegoing experiences seeing “There’s Something About Mary” and the “South Park” movie alongside other audience members.
“There is an uproarious communal experience. You all feel like you’re partaking in something together. Last night was a good example of how powerful comedy can be in theatres,” said Rogen, describing the film’s SXSW premiere.
The debate has gathered steam in recent weeks as director Steve Spielberg is reportedly campaigning to make movies made for streaming services ineligible for Oscar competition alongside theatrical releases.
“As someone who never gets nominated for any awards anyway, I don’t give a f**k how to deal with that,” Rogen joked.
Asked for her opinion on the subject, Theron agreed that the theatregoing experience cannot be recreated, but admits there’s a lot to like about streaming.
“I think it’s a good thing we have all different formats… it’s not 20 years ago and there’s only one way you can do it,” said the 43-year-old actress. “That freedom has opened up for more interesting filmmakers, and for people to actually see their movies.”
However, she still believes “there is a magical thing that happens then you’re in a room full of strangers, and you can’t recreate that in your home, or an airplane, or on the subway.”
“Long Shot” hits theatres on May 3.