Seth Rogen on 'Superbad': Some jokes were 'blatantly homophobic'
Nearly nine years after Superbad‘s premiere, star Seth Rogen is reflecting on some of the film’s more controversial jokes. In an interview with The Guardian, the 34-year-old actor joined Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising costar Chloë Grace Moretz to re-examine some of his earlier work under a modern scope.
“It’s funny looking at some movies we’ve made in the last 10 years under the lense of new eras, new social consciousness,” he said. “There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies — and even in our more recent movies — where even like a year later you’re like, ‘Eh, maybe that wasn’t the greatest idea.’ There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times. They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that, [but] I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamorizing that type of language in a lot of ways.”
Still, Superbad was both a box office and critical smash, grossing nearly $170 million worldwide during its heydey. Rogen has since bolstered his career with similarly successful titles, including the 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express. With Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the upcoming sequel to his hit 2014 entry, Neighbors, Rogen says he took a more prudent approach.
“The Greek system seems a little sexist. The sheer fact that the women and the men don’t have equal rights and opportunities I think by definition makes it sexist, so that’s something we talked a lot about while we were making the movie,” he explained.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is set for theatrical release May 20. Watch Rogen and Moretz’s full interview below.