Seth Rogen has been a part of my life since my early teenage years. I have a strange love and affection for a man I’ve never met but I feel I’d get along with. His Birthday is today April 15th, and with that said I’d like to take a look back at his wildly successful career.
Without his stint on Judd Apatow’s Freaks & Geeks I’m not sure he would have found success and fame. Freaks & Geeks follows the diverted high school world’s of the Burnout “cool kids” and the studious neurotic geeks. Rogen, only 17 at the time of filming, moved to Los Angeles to become a stand up comic. Since teaming up with Judd Apatow he’s always been near if not in the spotlight with box office hits and comedy classics. The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People allowed Rogen to stay in his effective wheelhouse while playing different characters. He’s very funny in all of the films but he’s given humanity especially in the latter 2 titles.
As much as critics have discredited Rogen’s acting performances as little more than him playing himself, Rogen is a genuine performer. He always approaches the character with respect and human understanding. Yes Rogen plays the Everyman very well and in a competent manner. There might be juvenilia littered throughout the detail of his characters but there is always a balancing towards doing the right thing. Observe and Report found Rogen exploring new ground by taking on the role of mall security officer Ronnie Barnhart. It’s a darkly comic turn for the usual straight funny man. While the film has flaws I found Rogen to be charming and disturbed.
Seth Rogen was one of the actors who’s movies I’d go see every time they came out. He has an uncanny way of connecting to the most cynical of critics and movie goers. He’s not asking for anything, he comes as he is. There’s something refreshing about that in a performance that doesn’t try to control you too much.