Seth Rogen and friend and co-writer Evan Goldberg began writing the script for “Superbad” at age 13. Of course, after so many years thinking about the project, Rogen just had to make an appearance in the raunchy-but-heartfelt coming of age story about two best buds. As Officer Michaels, Rogen is a quasi-spiritual guide for 25-year-old Hawaiian organ donor McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who, along with his fellow officer (Bill Hader), gives the Aladdin vest-wearing teen a night to remember.
‘Steve Jobs’ (2015)
Rarely does Rogen do drama, but in 2015’s “Steve Jobs”, he held his own on screen against acting heavyweights Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Rogen dropped the jokes and stunned audiences with his serious turn in a relatively small – but important – part of director Danny Boyle’s biopic.
‘Freaks & Geeks’ (1999 – 2000)
Rogen made his acting debut as one of the “freaks” on Paul Feig’s beloved short-lived series “Freaks And Geeks”. The actor established his stoner persona, delivering cutting remarks. It’s easy to see why his role in the cult fave led him to Judd Apatow’s “Undeclared” with Jay Baruchel.
‘This Is The End’ (2013)
The uproarious apocalyptic comedy has Rogen and his best buds – James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill – facing the end of the world as friendships are put to the test. A-list celeb cameos aside (we’re looking at you, Rihanna), at the heart of the movie is a touching story about the evolving friendship of two Canadian pals in the spotlight.
‘Knocked Up’ (2007)
Re-teaming with his “Undeclared” director Judd Apatow, “Knocked Up” launched Rogen into the spotlight in his first leading role as Ben, the likeable stoner baby daddy to Katherine Heigl’s high-strung Allison in the modern rom-com.
“50/50” shows that sometimes humour can be found in the darkest of situations. A sensitive and at times heartbreaking look at a friendship between two 20-somethings - Kyle played by Seth Rogen and Adam by Joseph Gordon-Levitt - that gets turned upside-down when Adam is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Rogen shines in the film. The movie is based on the real-life events surrounding writer Will Reiser and Rogen, who was by his side through his illness.
‘The Interview’ (2014)
It’s the movie that nearly started a war with North Korea, led to the infamous hacking of Sony, the studio behind the film, and as a result, never did make it to theatres. Was it worth all the fuss? Probably not, but it doesn’t make it any less funny seeing Rogen and James Franco run amok in North Korea.
‘Take This Waltz’ (2011)
Rogen isn’t playing the stoner or the funnyman in Sarah Polley’s relationship drama “Take This Waltz”. In a movie about consequences and relationships, the actor showcases some intense range and feelings opposite Michelle Williams as characters in the story about a marriage slowly falling apart.
‘Pineapple Express’ (2008)
Sure, we’re used to James Franco and Seth Rogen’s stoner bud routine by now. But in 2008, it was a window into the future, letting the actors show-off how their comic timing and bro chemistry on screen had grown since their “Freaks And Geeks” days.
‘The Disaster Artist’ (2017)
As script supervisor Sandy Schklair, Rogen is the straight man to James Franco’s Tommy Wiseau in the fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at the notoriously bad cult favourite “The Room”. Trying to keep Tommy on track for the production, Rogen’s exasperated Sandy is all of us – amazed that not only are these events actually happening, but that Wiseau manages to have the last laugh.