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Seth Rogen on Monsters vs. Aliens

Published March 26, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of DreamWorks Animation
Seth Rogen gets a lot of credit for bringing the funny on his movies, either as the screenwriter or improvising within the scenes. On an animated film like Monsters Vs. Aliens, he gives credit to the filmmakers who make him look even funnier

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"I think it’s actually a lot easier to be funny when you have like hundreds of geniuses who are paid to animate your every facial expression with painstaking thought and minutiae," Rogen said. "I just kind of mosey on set most of the time and spit out the lines and pray something good happened. These guys really put a lot of thought into every second of the movie that winds up in front of you guys, and I think they add a lot of the humor that’s in it. I actually didn’t even know a lot of the stuff that Bob does until I’d seen the movie. I would watch it and say, 'Man, this is hilarious. I wish I was that funny.' But no, it’s them."

Bob is a big blob in the spirit of the 1950s monster movies, though he's a good guy and he talks. "I just enjoyed the whole thing. It’s fun to see yourself kind of thrown into these worlds and hear your voice coming out of these hilarious creatures. It’s a great movie. I just enjoy watching it. There was nothing really that difficult about it. Some of the effort stuff, like trying to verbalize what it might sound like to get stretched out by a monstrous shoe or something like that, it’s not that difficult. It’s not that bad. It’s a lot of fun, I’ve got to say, and I enjoyed every aspect of it."

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Even though it's a technical process, animation lends itself to Rogen's preferred style of working. "I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that acting is reacting. Well, if you remove other actors from that equation, then the art of reacting becomes quite different, I would say, but it just is kind of a different thing. You kind of go in there and you play around and you have a lot of time to experiment and it’s just a lot of fun, I think. It feels much more like playing than acting. There’s not a lot of technical aspect to it. There are no lights or cameras or physicality you have to be aware of, or even other actors that you have to be aware of for the most part. You can just take as much time as you want. You can spend like three hours doing one line if you really, really wanted to, which I would never do on a set with other people whose time I was wasting."

As for reacting, the lovely folks at Dreamworks did hire somebody to perform opposite their marquee voices. "Apparently when the other actors aren’t there to read with you, there’s a delightful man who’s very talented who does kind of impressions of the other actors, and he’ll read the lines with you. Apparently he does a great impression of me. Reese [Witherspoon] actually had the bright idea to ask him to impersonate her for him and he actually does a pretty good [Witherspoon]. My one regret is that I didn’t ever get to hear him do me. I wish I got to hear him do me, but he does [her] fantastically."

Monsters vs. Aliens opens to theatres on March 27th.

For production photos, trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Monsters vs. Aliens Movie Page.
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