So, a couple of months ago Iâ€™m visiting my parents for the High Holidays and Iâ€™m watching Letterman, and Dave asks actor/screenwriter Seth Rogen about the rumors that heâ€™s going to be writing and starring in a Green Hornet movie. Letterman infers that Rogen is an odd choice to play the dashing radio and TV hero (basically a high-tech Lone Ranger). To which Rogen shrugs and says, â€œJews hate crime too! Why canâ€™t Jews fight crime?â€?
This strikes me as interesting for any number of reasons. For one thing, Seth Rogen isnâ€™t your fatherâ€™s Jewish comedian. Heâ€™s a member of the new pantheon of hip, urban, modern celebra-Jews, like Sarah Silverman and Sasha Baron Cohen. I find that refreshing. I mean, I was getting a little sick of the whole stoop-shouldered, â€œCan I do your taxes?â€? type of Jew that so many people are familiar with.
And I think itâ€™s interesting that Seth Rogen usually plays Jewish characters, but itâ€™s not like you know heâ€™s Jewish because heâ€™ll pause in the middle of a scene and say, â€œOy, my prostate is killing me!â€? You know heâ€™s Jewish because heâ€™ll make a raunchy reference to touching a Hebrew school classmateâ€™s junk (as in The Forty Year Old Virgin), or heâ€™ll wax rhapsodically about the bad-ass Jewish action heroes in the film Munich (as he did in Knocked Up). See, this is a Jewish character I can relate to.
Itâ€™s also interesting that Seth Rogen is primed to play The Green Hornet. Because that would make him the second plus-size hipster Jewish comedian IN A ROW who was developing a comic book movie project with the word â€œGreenâ€? in the title. See, not too long ago, it was announced that comedian (and fellow Red Sea Pedestrian) Jack Black was going to star in a movie based on the DC comics property Green Lantern, about an interplanetary cop in emerald tights.
Supposedly, the script wouldâ€™ve been an action comedy. Too bad the project was put into turnaround, because it wouldâ€™ve been a really interesting choice. Some comics fans balked at the idea of Jack Black being Green Lantern, because that would have automatically made the film a comedy. But those comics fans need to really start taking their Ritalin and stop taking this stuff so damn seriously.