Seth Rogen

  • Aired:  09/27/11
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Seth Rogen discusses writing the cancer comedy, "50/50," with his cancer-surviving friend. (6:21)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT, AN

ACTOR WHOSE NEW FILM IS CALLED

"50/50."

>> HOW'S IT GOING?

6-

>> GREAT.

UM... YOU KNOW WHAT I'D DO?

FASTER.

>> FASTER?

>> FASTER.

IT'S YOUR HOOK, MAN.

IT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

>> LIKE HELLO, I HAVE CANCER?

>> THAT'S WHAT MAKES YOU

DIFFERENT AND SETS YOU APART.

>> OKAY, OKAY.

LET'S TRY IT.

>> GREAT SONG.

>> TOTALLY.

>> I HAVE CANCER.

>> I WAS WRONG, I WAS WRONG.

THAT WASN'T COOL.

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW

SETH ROGAN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE.

>> THANK YOU, MAN.

>> Jon: I DID NOT REALIZE YOU

ARE PLAYING THE BEST FRIEND IN A

MOVIE, THIS IS ABOUT YOU AND ONE

OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS THAT THIS

REALLY HAPPENED TO.

>> YEAH, ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS

WILL WHO I MET WRITING FOR THE

ALI G. SHOW.

HE WAS A PRODUCER, HE, LIKE,

BOOKED THE GUESTS.

HE LIED TO JAMES LIPTON ALL DAY.

(LAUGHTER)

WHICH IS STRESSFUL.

SO....

>> Jon: YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH

THAT.

>> WE'VE ALL LIED TO JAMES

LIPTON ONCE OR TWICE.

HE ALWAYS LOOKED REALLY RUN

DOWN, WE ASSUMED FROM THE STRESS

OF LYING TO JAMES LIPTON ALL DAY

AND WE WOULD MAKE FUN OF HIM A

LOT DUE TO HOW RUN DOWN HE

LOOKED AND WE ALL DEALT WITH IT

BETTER, WE THOUGHT, AND WE WERE

OF A TOUGHER CONSTITUTION AND A

FEW MONTHS LATER WE FOUND OUT HE

HAD A MASSIVE TUMOR IN HIS SPINE

WHICH MADE US FEEL LIKE DICKS, A

AND...

(LAUGHTER)

AND ALSO WE FELT TERRIBLE FOR

HIM, OBVIOUSLY.

AND THEN HE GOT BETTER AND WE

REALIZED THAT THERE WAS NO MOVIE

THAT REALLY FELT LIKE WHAT WE

WENT THROUGH BECAUSE, YOU KNOW,

HE DIDN'T LOSE HIS SENSE OF

HUMOR AND HE KEPT TRYING TO GET

WITH GIRLS AND HE KEPT GOING TO

BARS AND HE KEPT WORKING SO,

LIKE, HE WAS JUST KIND OF

TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM WH THE

BUCKET LIST AND OTHER MOVIES

WHERE THEY DO A BUNCH OF FUN

(BLEEP) AND THEN DIE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT

FILM.

>> IT'S A GREAT MOVIE.

NOT TO SAY "THE BUCKET LIST" WAS

BAD.

BUT IT WASN'T WHAT WE

EXPERIENCE.

>> Jon: DID HE TAKE ANY BREAK TO

HAVE THE TUMOR IN HIS SPINE

REMOVED?

WAS THERE ANY SLOWDOWN IN HIS

DATING?

(LAUGHTER)

>> NOT REALLY.

HONESTLY, HE COMPLAINED MORE

ABOUT, LIKE, WOMEN AND

RELATIONSHIPS WHEN HE HAD CANCER

THAN HE DID WHEN HE DIDN'T HAVE

CANCER.

HE WOULD BARELY TALK ABOUT THE

TUMOR AND HE WOULD TALK ABOUT

THE FACT THAT NO WITHIN WANTED

TO, YOU KNOW, SEAL THE DEAL WITH

HIM AT TIMES.

AS MOST YOUNG MEN COMPLAIN

ABOUT.

DOCTORS SAY THEY DID AND I'M

SURE IT GARNERED HIM ATTENTION

FAVORABLY AS WE DEMONSTRATE IN

THE FILM.

>> Jon: HOW DID THIS... SO WILL

WROTE THIS FILM?

>> YES.

>> Jon: WAS IT HARD FOR YOU GUYS

TO WORK OUT WHAT... WHERE THERE

THINGS SORT OF UNRESOLVED ISSUES

BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU MAYBE

BASED ON YOU RIDICULING HIS

LOOKING TIRED EARLY ON?

THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS YOU

HAVE TO WORK OUT TOGETHER AS THE

SCRIPT WAS BEING PUT TOGETHER?

>> IT DEFINITELY FORCED US TO

HAVE AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS THAT

WE TRIED TO AVOID FOR YEARS AND

YEARS AND YEARS ABOUT WHAT WE

EXPECTED OF ONE ANOTHER AND HOW

WE KIND OF LET EACH OTHER DOWN

AT TIMES AND HOW WE BELIEVE

MAYBE INSENSITIVE AND

INARTICULATE AND LOUD AND

OBNOXIOUS.

>> Jon: WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO

DO WITH ANYTHING?

>> WE'D KEEP SAYING THAT!

SO WE TRIED TO PUT AS MUCH OF

THAT IN THE MOVIE AS POSSIBLE,

HONESTLY.

>> Jon: AND NOW IS WILL FOR

INTENTS AND PURPOSES...

>> THE HEALTHIEST PERSON I KNOW.

MUCH HEALTHIER THAN ME, I'LL

TELL YOU THAT.

A THOUSAND TIMES OVER.

>> Jon: NOW HE RIDICULES YOU FOR

NOT LOOKING HEALTHY.

>> HE'S LIKE "DIDN'T YOU LEARN

ANYTHING FROM WHAT I WENT

THROUGH?

" AS I'M SMOKING A HAMBURGER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: NICE!

I THINK THAT'S NICE!

>> Jon: JUST FOR THE RECORD,

SMART AND FUNNY KID.

WE TRIED TO HIRE HIM LIKE FOUR

TIMES ON THIS SHOW AND EVERY

TIME HE KEPT BLOWING US OFF AND

ONE TIME HE DID SAY "I CAN'T, I

HAVE CANCER."

AND WE WERE LIKE, LOOK, IF YOU

DON'T WANT TO WORK HERE, JUST

(BLEEP)ING SAY IT.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT LATER WE FOUND OUT THAT THAT

WAS THE CASE.

>> IT WORKS FOR EVERYTHING, THAT

EXCUSE, THOUGH.

IT IS A GOOD EXCUSE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: SPEAKING OF EXCUSES, SO

I'M TAKING SOME QUESTIONS EARLY

ON.

A LADY SAYS TO ME WHAT ARE YOU

DOING FOR ROSH HASHANAH, EARLIER

ON.

(LAUGHTER)

AND I TOLD HER NOTHING AND SHE

REALLY DID SEEM DISAPPOINTED IN

ME.

THIS MOVIE OPENS ON ROSH

HASHANAH.

ARE OTHER PEOPLE'S JEWISH

MOTHERS GIVING YOU A PROBLEM FOR

THAT?

(LAUGHTER)

ARE YOU BUMMED OUT AT HIM FOR

THIS?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I JUST FELT A WAVE OF GUILT

FLOOD OVER ME.

IT'S IN THE EITHER NOW.

YEAH, PROBABLY... I'M NOT DOING

ANYTHING FOR ROSH HASHANAH.

>> Jon: I FELT LIKE SHE WAS A

REPRESENTATIVE OF SOME, LIKE,

WEIRD METAHA DOCTOR-ASSISTED

SUICIDE A CLUB.

>> EXACTLY!

>> IT'S LIKE THAT FOOD RATING

SYSTEM FOR JEWISH PEOPLE.

WE JUST WEAR LETTERS.

>> SHE DID THE THING I SAID "I'M

NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING."

AND SHE DID ONE OF THESE, "HMM."

>> "HMM."

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO

DO WITH THAT?

>> HOW WOULD YOUR ANCESTORS

FEEL?

THE ONES WHO WERE SLAVES?

(LAUGHTER)

>> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS

THING.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Jon: FOR YOU GUYS, THE IN

TOUCHNESS WITH YOUR FEELINGS YOU

LAID OUT ON THE SCREEN, IT'S

JUST TREMENDOUS.

>> I'M GLAD IT WENT WELL BECAUSE

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HUMILIATING

IF WE DID A CANCER COMEDY THAT

REALLY SUCKED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS, I WISH

YOU THE BEST.

>> I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

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