Is Seth Rogen too ‘goofy’ to play Green Hornet?
Writer Michael Venture posed the question on TodayShow.com. If you’ve seen any trailers for Green Hornet, you’re probably wondering the same thing.
I didn’t read the comic books as a kid, but I’ve heard enough anecdotally to know his casting is a serious digression. Seth also co-wrote the film, which appears to take a more lighthearted approach to the source material to better suit his comic persona.
But is ‘goofiness’ really the issue here? I argue it’s more a question of intellect.
Case in point: Jonah Hill, who teamed with Russell Brand in the hilarious Get Him to the Greek, is a Seth Rogen-esque film comedian in looks and stature. Where I believe they differ is their perceived intelligence on screen.
Both can be as silly as all get out, but Jonah’s characters can be funny and smart. When Jonah gets out of whatever fix he’s in, it’s believable that he came up with the solution.
Seth, on the other hand, always seems a bit confused and dull-witted. His humor has a certain charm, but it is defined by his limited mental abilities — a quality which seems to inhabit every character he portrays.
I’m not saying Seth is stupid. I’m saying he plays stupid….every time.
A goofy Green Hornet is one thing. But a Green Hornet who is stupid? Who needs Cato because he can’t figure things out on his own?
Not so super.