Like everyone who saw the premiere of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Seth Rogen was in awe. Unlike the rest of us, the very next morning he took that inspiration and began filming a shot-for-shot parody of the video with pal James Franco.
The spoof was a viral hit. We all had a good laugh — even West, much to the surprise of everyone (Jimmy Kimmel in particular). And then West invited Rogen and Franco to his upcoming wedding to Kim Kardashian.
It was a strange chain of events, to say the least. So naturally, Rogen talked about how it all went down when he stopped by Ellen to promote his new movie, Neighbors, on Wednesday.
Rogen says that once he and Franco realized the best way to parody “Bound 2” was to re-create it shot-for-shot, they “became obsessed with getting it, like, perfect…even the lighting. I would try to nuzzle the same way [Kim] nuzzled….I got razor burn from Franco.”
As for that invitation, Rogen and Franco aren’t actually attending The Wedding of the Century. (Guess that means no Franco selfies from the garter toss.) Rogen explained why: “Me and Franco got a call [from Kanye]. He said that he was thinking it may be funny if he performed [‘Bound 2’] at the wedding and we came out on a motorcycle. And then we were like, ‘And then what do we do?’ And then we were all like, ‘I don’t know!’ And then we were like, ‘That’s probably not gonna be very funny,’ because he’s like, ‘Then I’m just rapping with you and James Franco on a motorcycle for five minutes.’ And thank God I think it was kind of realized that it might not be the best idea.”
Rogen says that if West had wanted him at the celebration in any other capacity he “would have been there naked, with a shirt off, however he wanted me, on a motorcycle, doing whatever he needed. ‘Cause I’m a fan,” Rogen insists.
Watch the actor’s full interview on Ellen here: