Seth Green wouldn't recommend seeing 'Purple Rain' with your mom
Seth Green wants you to know that his new movie, The Identical, isn’t about Elvis Presley. It just uses the fact that Elvis had a stillborn twin brother as inspiration for a nature vs. nurture story revolving around musically gifted twins (both played by Blake Rayne) who are unknowingly separated at birth. “It’s a story about what you’re told your life is meant to be versus what you feel in your heart you want to be,” Green says. “It’s about the identity that you choose, not the one that’s projected on you from the teachings of your parents or their learned trauma from their parents, which I think is such an important message.”
When we invited Green, who plays a best friend/drummer, to take our EW Pop Culture Personality Test, we learned of his childhood trauma—seeing Purple Rain with his mother and being frightened by the Don Knotts comedy Hot Lead and Cold Feet. Watch the video and read the transcript below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s your pop culture blind spot?
SETH GREEN: I haven’t seen The Wire, but I hear it’s phenomenal. And what’s worse is I’ve met all of the actors on it and they’re all awesome people who I’ve seen in other roles since, and then everybody’s like, “You never saw them in the f—ing Wire?” I’m like, “I haven’t. It’s a huge investment, and I hear everyone dies. So that’s hard to psych yourself up for.” (Laughs)
Have you ever walked out of a movie?
Oh yeah, I walked out of a bunch of movies. I walked out of that movie The Bear, and it was because I was a teenager, and when that bear ate a bunch of mushrooms and started, like, tripping on mushrooms, I was like, “Dude, I’m not watching this movie, guys. I’m going to go do something that teenagers do with their time in the evening, I’m not gonna watch this bear trip in mushrooms right now. I’m out, guys, I’m out.”
What movie scared you that shouldn’t have?
I think it was this Western, and I believe it was called Hot Lead and Cold Feet. I can’t say for sure, because I haven’t found anybody to authenticate that. But I saw a little bit of it. My parents brought me in, and I must have been three, I don’t know, so the only thing I remember is these guys in a wagon going on a cliff and thinking, “Oh, they’re gonna die, for sure.” And then when we went to the Grand Canyon, all I could think about was those guys in the chuck wagon going over the clff. I’m Like, “Eww, I don’t even want to even get close to that.”
What was the first album that you bought with your own money?
I think it was Purple Rain….My mom took me to see that movie. (Laughs) Again, “Oh, surprise boobs, thanks mom. This is not uncomfortable at all.” And I found out that that was something that you could do, was buy a tape that had the music from the movie and then put it in the player and like listen to it by yourself. And I was like, “Ah, this is the greatest experience I’ve ever had.” Yeah, my parents were weird. They took me to Yentl, too. Like, why are you bringing a 5-year-old to that?
Final Score: Cool Mom Award