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Seth Rogen on Pineapple Express

Published August 7, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Columbia Pictures
Seth Rogen is branching out from straight comedy into action-comedy. Perhaps it is the natural transition for his upcoming role as The Green Hornet. For Pineapple Express, he co-wrote a script about stoners on the run, getting into action way out of their depth.

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"Some of the action we way overwrote," said Rogen. "Basically, all of it we way overwrote and we learned that we didn’t need to do that. It's good in some ways like the fight at Red's house, the fact that we overwrote it made it that it's basically punch for punch how it was in the script. But the big shootout at the end of the movie, we could have just wrote, 'Then a giant shootout happens.' [We said,] 'Three guys descend from the ceiling, four come from the left with machine guns unloading rounds, three more come in from the right side as another man comes down from the top.' None of that was necessary so we've kind of learned where you need to be specific and where you don't need to be so specific."

Though he is known for comedy, action is actually where Rogen's heart lies. "We really wanted it to be an action movie. Those are the movies that we love and we're big fans of like Shane Black movies, when we were younger, me and Evan [Goldberg]. Die Hard and Paul Verhoven movies, sh*t like that. So those are the movies that we always wanted to make, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, the kind of movies where violence and comedy and characters kind of work together really well and it was a great time."

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One such comedic action scene is a fight between Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride that goes on forever. "The fight in the house was a lot of fun. It's always fun to do something that you really think is funny and that fight, as we were doing it, we thought could actually really be funny. It goes on and on and we just destroyed that house. It's probably around four and a half, five minutes, something like that, which is a lot of time to spend on a fight, but we just do it. Deer Hunter has a two hour wedding so what the f*ck?"

To pay even more homage to the '80s action movies of his youth, Rogen sought Huey Lewis to sing the Pineapple Express title song. "We thought, 'What’s the one thing that every great '80's movie has?' which is a song by Huey Lewis that says the title of the movie. I had actually been singing it in my head as we were editing the movie. I just kind of wrote a version of it. As I was driving to the editing room I would be singing, 'Pineapple Express…' and then I ran it by these guys one day, I remember. I was like, 'You know what would be crazy, if we could get Huey Lewis to do a song for this.' For some reason I thought that would be like unattainable, but it was way easier than you'd think. Two days later we had a song from Huey Lewis. I didn't realize you could just call him up and he'd be like, 'Okay.'"

Pineapple Express is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, posters, stills, review and more movie info, go to the Pineapple Express Movie Page.

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