Seth Rogen is making headlines for his poor opinion of Justin Bieber, but when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio on Tuesday, he had nothing but nice things to say about his Neighbors co-star Zac Efron. Asked by EW Morning Live co-hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw if he had any reservations about working with Efron in the comedy, Rogen explained what it takes to do well in one of his movies: “He’s very self-aware, and that’s almost honestly one of the most important things about doing comedies, is understanding how the audience is receiving you, which he does very well,” Rogen says. “And he was very excited to do it, which meant he would trust us, which is also kinda the most important thing — just to go with the flow, to not second guess every line we throw out there, and to just kinda believe that we know how to make the movies funny at this point and to kinda relinquish some control of your performance into our hands.” Listen to a clip below.
Rogen also talks about his affinity for working with the Franco family — Dave co-stars in Neighbors, while James re-teams with Seth for the journalists-turned-assassins comedy The Interview and the R-rated animated film Sausage Party. Of course, that conversation led Ross to ask (again) about the possibility of a Freaks and Geeks reunion. Rogen gives a thoughtful answer, explaining that while he’d never be the one to stop it from happening if everyone else is game, he doesn’t consider it likely: “I think people want it, and that’s a dangerous game: doing too much and just giving people what they want, or really examining whether or not creatively it’s truly something that’s valid and warranted. And I think that would probably fall into the first category of, like, yes, people want it, but if people didn’t want it, is it something you would still do? And if the answer’s no, then you probably shouldn’t do it.” Hear him expound on that in the second clip.
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