The actors, joints, and bongs that go into movies like ''Pineapple Express'' and ''Knocked Up''

Just in time for the release of stoner flick Pineapple Express, we dig into the fruits of the writer-director-producer’s labor.

Circle of Buds
Here, a sampling of Team Judd’s MVPs.

Seth Rogen: 8
Ben Stiller: 6
Martin Starr: 6
Leslie Mann: 5
Paul Rudd: 5
Will Ferrell: 5
David Krumholtz: 4
Craig Robinson: 3
Kristen Wiig: 2
Busy Philipps: 2

Reefer Madness

Just how many joints and bongs go into Apatow’s most buzz-worthy movies? Well, Cheech and Chong got nothin’ on the Judd.

Pineapple Express: 20…or more…we lost count — things got a little fuzzy…
Knocked Up: 10
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: 5
The 40 Year-Old Virgin: 4
Superbad: 1


Red band trailer

A preview clip approved for ”restricted audiences only,” so named for the color of the title card that precedes it. Apatow has used its illicit allure online to drum up laughs — and buzz — for movies (see Superbad, Pineapple). Kissing cousin of viral marketing.

Slacker Salaries

Apatow gets knocked for celebrating shlubs. But when we estimated the annual salaries of his iconic characters, we found some do bring home the bacon.

Drillbit Taylor
Budget bodyguard: $4,316
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Electronics salesman: $24,530
Pineapple Express
Court process server: $35,000
1970s news anchor: $40,000
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Music composer: $71,000
Walk Hard
Legendary rock star: $5 MILLION

Average run time of an Apatow film: 1 hour and 44 minutes (which some critics say is 20 minutes too many)

Knocked Up
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