Seth Rogen, star of Knocked Up, sent a tremor of fear throughout the fan community when it was announced that he would be getting behind the wheel of the Black Beauty in the upcoming The Green Hornet. In an interview with MTV, Rogen discussed his vision for the film.
Rogen insists that The Green Hornet will be unlike anything seen before. "Just a few weeks ago, [co-writer Evan Goldberg and I] laid out our outline for the movie to the studio, and before the phone call, Evan and I were like, 'This is not like any superhero movie - they might just hate that,' " Rogen recalled. " 'It's not using any of the normal superhero movie formats. It's not an origin story. It's more like a regular action movie.' [But] they really liked it and told us to go for it."
Since the Green Hornet needs to be able to do battle with the forces of evil and corruption, Rogen has said that he will be hitting the gym before filming starts. "You should believe that I can do some physical activity," Rogen laughed. "You have to believe I can do something."
Rogen also wants fans to hold off judgment about his ability to write action sequences until his next film hits theaters. "I think when people see The Pineapple Express it will make more sense to them," Rogen teased of his next project, a high-octane action/comedy co-starring James Franco.
However, despite being committed to bringing action to the film, Rogen does warn that when writing the outline for The Green Hornet, he and partner Evan Goldberg had two versions prepared. "There's a more comedic version and a less comedic version, and we don't know what will feel right until we're actually writing it. We were about to start writing the script, and then the [writers'] strike hit. It's really hard to wrap our head around what the movie will be until we've written the script."
Rogen also has one of two actors in mind for the role of Kato, the Green Hornet's servant and partner. "I think what's most important about the Kato part is it's someone that you believe can kick the sh-- out of a lot of people," Rogen says of the role played by Bruce Lee in the late-'60s television version of The Green Hornet. "[Kung Fu Hustle star] Steven Chow is incredible. That was someone we had talked about. I'm a big Tony Jaa fan also."
Rogen was less clear about a director, however, although he does say that they're always trying to think of people who wouldn't normally be considered for directing a film like The Green Hornet. "[In the end] we want someone who will make it better than we could have made it."
The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher who operates by night as the crime-fighting Green Hornet. He is aided by his servant, Kato, and drives a tricked-out car named the Black Beauty. In a twist from most crime-fighters, most people believe that the Green Hornet is actually a crime boss. Reid uses this to get access to criminals in ways that most crime-fighters would not be able to. The character was originally created for radio, making his way to film serials, television and comic books.