Since his last film An American pickle, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, Seth Rogen presided over the significant expansion of his business and that of Evan Goldberg. Indoor plant canna-brand in California and quietly wrote a memoir titled Phone book.
It’s a fun read to say the least. I hesitate to compare Rogen Phone book to Woody Allen’s first book Get even, because of the controversy surrounding Allen. But it is comparable. Allen was 36 and had already acted, written and directed some of his best films. Rogen is 39 years old. He too has acted, written and directed a number of successful films.
Both were comedians early in their careers and went on to become actors and directors. Both are Jews.
Rogen likes to be obsessed with his Jewishness.
The opening chapter, “Bubby and Zaida”, is about his grandparents whom he immediately laughs at. “Because they grew up during the Depression, they would steal EVERYTHING,” he reveals. They lifted plates and cutlery in restaurants every time they went out to eat. “They were really my first comic inspiration.”
Growing up in Vancouver, Rogen started stand-up at age 13, the same age he started smoking weed (which he refers to about 100 times in the book). It started blowing innocently with the guys behind the local 7-11. But then Rogen decided to be a fat guy and buy for $ 300 from an older guy who scammed him. Welcome to the war on drugs.
After Rogen got his first role in Freaks and Geeks at 17, his career took off. There isn’t a lot of talk about movies in Phone book, other than referring him to favorites like The Karate Kid and The last star hunter. While two chapters are reserved for the madness around the release of The interview, which really pissed off the North Korean government and almost caused an international incident, he only makes passing references to Pineapple Express, It is the end and Super bad. Rogen makes slag Neighbors 2 however when he writes in chapter 3:
“I understand the pressure to give people more of what they want. That’s how you end up with movies like Neighbors 2. “This one worked! Everyone loved it! They want more! Not NEW anymore! Just MORE! ” I was here.”
“I’m not quite for this world, but the grass makes it okay.”
Three chapters are specially reserved for Rogen’s reflections on the grass, ‘mushrooms and acid. He also talks about MDMA, cocaine and alcohol.
On his beloved herb:
“I used to think a lot about why I smoked weed, but honestly I quit. Because I realized that the only reason I was thinking about it was because of the negative stigma, and the only reason she has a negative stigma is to make it easier for whites to control non-whites, which unfortunately is also the reason for a lot of other things …
“There are things that improve our lives that haven’t been stigmatized, and no one thinks twice. No one wonders why they have a strong desire to wear shoes … that’s why I smokes weed It’s additive to my trip It makes getting around easy and comfortable … Grass is my sunglasses Grass is my shoes I’m not quite made for this world, but the grass allows me to do it. “
Rogen later tells stories of stumble on psilocybin in Amsterdam and LSD at Burning Man. He calls alcohol “much crapper for you” and says, “Cocaine is a crappy drug.”
He even devotes a chapter to negative pot stories, like when his stepdad got too high one night before going out to dinner, although he survived to say, “Holy shit, that was crazy.”
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Some of Rogen’s best stories are his encounters with Hollywood legends like George Lucas, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Kanye west. all did not go well. Lucas spoke about the end of the world in 2012, Cruise introduced Scientology, Cage played a Caribbean white, and West demonstrated new material.
Rogen sheds no tears for Amy Pascal’s downfall at Sony Pictures and has zingers for Eddie Griffin, Dennis Miller, Steve Jobs, Jack Dorsey (an entire chapter is devoted to Twitter), Bryan Singer, Michael Lynton, Burning Man, UB40, Steven Spielberg and Lucas. However, he is mom to James Franco, his co-star in Pineapple Express, who recently settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit.
The final chapter looks back at Rogen’s youth when he and other Jewish campers took a death-defying wilderness hike on Vancouver Island that required emergency rescue.
“When you think about it, it’s always a pretty funny story, isn’t it,” Rogen told a friend who was there that he recently had. contacted.
“No,” the friend replies. “Not at all.”
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