Q and A With Seth Rogen
The actor and producer talks to us about his new film 50/50, cancer, and who he'd choose for a roommate if he were stuck in the hospital for six months.
This movie also earns itself a five-hankie rating. Are you closet fan of "weepies"?
Not really. I like a movie that's both very funny and has a lot of emotional resonance to it. There aren't a lot of movies that make you laugh really hard, and make you cry.
WebMD has a cameo in the film! Did Reiser really look up his symptoms -- and odds for survival, from which the film gets its name -- on WebMD.com?
Will is definitely the type to search online, looking up all sorts of potential problems.
Is there a history of cancer in your own family? If so, what types, and do you take any specific health precautions now?
Not a huge history. Some. I try to eat healthy. And I ingest as few horrible chemicals as possible. And I wear sunscreen!
If you were to receive a scary diagnosis, what in life would you want to do first before facing life-or-death treatment?
I've done a lot of the things that I want to do. I think I'd just keep going.
Your fiancé, Lauren Miller, makes a brief appearance in 50/50, and you were interviewed together on Larry King's special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic. [Miller's mother, age 59, currently has the disease.] What message would you like to relay about this degenerative condition?
I think a lot of young people don't realize Alzheimer's is not something that just affects our grandparents' generation. It will soon affect our parents' generation and eventually our generation. I don't expect people my age to spend a lot of time thinking about charities, but I want to get them to start thinking about what type of organization they'll want to dedicate more of their time, money, and energy to. Now that I've seen [Alzheimer's] firsthand, I think it's something that can use a lot of support.
For a comedian you've dipped your toes into some pretty serious waters. (In 2009's Funny People, a lead character also faces down a fatal disease.) Is there a dramatic actor buried deep within you trying to get out?