The Guilt Trip - Seth Rogen interview
Compiled by Jack Foley
SETH Rogen talks about working with Barbra Streisand on The Guilt Trip and improvising with her while on the road. He also discusses his own attitude towards his mother and some of the themes behind the film.
The Guilt Trip is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Q. What was it like having Barbra Streisand as your mother in The Guilt Trip?
Seth Rogen: She was great. Barbra and I think alike. She has a very good understanding of what the movie should feel like. And she has a great sense of humor. That helped as well.
Q. Wasn’t it strange to talk to one of the biggest stars on this planet as if she annoyed you constantly?
Seth Rogen: The way we talk in real life is not that much different than how we talk to each other in the movie? I try to explain things to her about modern times, and she is trying to feed me stuff I don’t want to eat. So, no, it wasn’t that strange. It felt very natural.
Q. How crazy can your mother drive you, Seth?
Seth Rogen: I have a good relationship with my mom. I get annoyed like any other son. I see myself reverting to the mentality of a 14-year-old boy who doesn’t want to be around his mother. The more your mother is trying the more it bugs you. It’s just like in the movie.
Q. Is it true that you were not going to do this movie unless Barbra Streisand was on board?
Seth Rogen: I was open to Shirley MacLaine. No, it’s not true. I am kidding. I was just waiting for Barbra to say yes. I made two movies in between. One day I got a call, and I was told that she was doing the movie. I said, okay, that’s great.
Q. How did you approach your character Andy?
Seth Rogen: I really thought of him as a real time performance. I thought I should be a natural as possible. He’s not very funny; I wanted him to be a little vulnerable. We talked a lot about him while we were filming. We didn’t want him to be too mean to his mother.
Q. Barbra Streisand calls this film a different kind of love story. What’s your take on this?
Seth Rogen: Well, to me that sounds gross. But that might just be because I might not be thinking the same that Barbra is thinking. It is a mother-son story. It’s about understanding and deeply caring.
Q. Who is your go-to guy when you need to hear the truth?
Seth Rogen: My writing and directing partner Evan [Goldberg]. My wife is just nice to me all the time. But Evan will be very honest to me. He’s a producer on this film, so he has no excuse not to like it.
Q. The movie carries the message for children not to neglect their parents too much. What is your take on this?
Seth Rogen: Well, it’s important to see your parents as individuals. As a son or as a daughter you don’t stop and think that your parents might have their own expectations, dreams or disappointments. I think that’s what important in this film. You have to recognize that your parents have their own personalities, and they are not just like me.
Q. How much fun were those scenes in that little tiny car in the snow with just you and Barbra Streisand?
Seth Rogen: Well, it was fun. It was just us. We improvised a lot in that car. It was cozy in there.
The Guilt Trip is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, July 1, 2013