When it comes to passing gas, This Is the End star James Franco takes a covert approach: “I don’t do it in public, but when I’m at home in bed, I’ll fart! And on a plane, I’ll let it go,” he enthuses to Rolling Stone in the magazine’s latest cover story featuring the apocalyptic comedy’s cast. After all, adds Franco, “on a plane, nobody can hear you fart.” (Remind us never to travel with James Franco.)
Franco’s costar Seth Rogen is even more open about his habits. “I will say I’m a pretty bad farter from time to time,” he confesses. “I have a Japanese toilet at home that cleans my ass for me — it’s great. I only like to sh– at home, so I get some pretty bad farts during the day.”
But one This Is the End cast member is too reserved — or maybe just too self-important — to discuss his farting habits: Jonah Hill, whose eyes “nearly jumped out of their sockets” when Rolling Stone asked how often he lets ’em rip. “I’m not answering that dumb question!” Hill complained to the magazine. “I’m not that kind of person! Being in a funny movie doesn’t make me have to answer dumb questions. It has nothing to do with who I am.”
Okay, fair enough. But according to the interview, Hill also shut down conversation of his workout routine (it’s “of little relevance,” he says) refused to play along when asked what survival skills he’d bring to a crisis, and insisted more than once that he’s a bona fide grown-ass man who doesn’t have time for childish things or interviews — a strange move for somebody appearing in a big, raunchy summer comedy.
But evidently, Hill believes his comedy days are in the past — or at least that he’s no longer primarily a funnyman. “I’ve done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I’m really prideful of that,” he told Rolling Stone. “I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn’t, in order to form a whole other life for myself. Now I have fulfillment doing both.”
That may be true. Here’s the counterpoint, though: Like Hill, Franco also has an Oscar nomination. Unlike Hill, he answered the dumb fart question. Wanting to be taken seriously as an actor is one thing; being completely humorless is quite another. No wonder writer Erik Hedegaard ends that portion of the interview by declaring, “It’s time to get the hell out of here.”