Green Hornet: Interview with Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen stars in and is the writer of "The Green Hornet," the feature adaptation of the popular comic book series, directed by Michel Gondry. The film, which also stars Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz, is being released by Columbia Pictures on January 14. “The whole story of the movie is that Britt is an irresponsible idiot who’s trying to get his life together to do something worthwhile,” says Rogen.  “As an irresponsible idiot, I’m quite good.”

His Character

“Britt Reid is famous for being the son of someone who did something great, but he’s just a dude who parties,” says Seth Rogen, describing his character.  

On director Michel Gondry

Rogen puts it succinctly: “When I go to see a movie, I want to see something I’ve never seen before – and if there’s a dude who’s come up with a lot of stuff I’ve never seen before, it’s Gondry.”

Writing the film

For their part, Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg “were looking for a new movie to write,” explains Rogen.  “We had always been comic book fans, superhero fans.  For a long time we had been trying to write a movie about a hero and his sidekick.  But nothing was quite right for us until we looked at the Green Hornet.  Here was this famous character with a real legacy, but still a property that would allow us to put our own interpretation into the characters.  It was like this project was tailor made for what Evan and I wanted to do – we could explore the relationship between Britt and Kato around the framework of this kickass action-comedy.  It was perfect.”

Perfect, Rogen says, because from their point of view, over time, the characters have become true equals.  “Kato started out as a sidekick role, and like a lot of sidekicks, he was just a sidekick.  But then came the TV show, with Bruce Lee as Kato.  He became an icon, and because of that, there’s a great love out there for the sidekick as well as the Green Hornet himself.  People who come to see the movie want to see what happens to Kato, not just ‘the hero’ the Green Hornet.”