Jonah Hill Almost Refused To Work With One Of His ‘Superbad’ Co-Stars
The American teen comedy Superbad was brilliant and helped launch several actors into the A-list categories of stardom. Despite Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Emma Stone having incredible and comedic on-screen chemistry, the filming process wasn't exactly easy for two actors.
Hill and Mintz-Plasse's characters, Seth and Fogell/McLovin, were frenemies in the movie, and it seems as though that was exacerbated by their relationship off screen. After they had been cast in the film, Cera tells The Ringer: "Jonah could not blow him over at all, and that really frustrated Jonah. When [Chris] left, I remember Jonah being shaken up."
Jonah adds: "Chris just immediately shut me down," says Hill. "So combative. I was really annoyed because this guy wouldn't let me say anything. And I told Seth and Evan that and they were like, 'He's perfect'."
But writers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg loved Mintz-Plasse even more because Jonah was upset. Rogan says: "Jonah fucking hated him. He was all over Jonah's lines, completely disrespectful of the process, probably due to a lack of experience.
"I remember he walked out of the room and Jonah was like, 'Not that guy'. And we were just like, 'Oh my god, you don't understand how much more that makes us want him'."
It's unsettling to know that Superbad came out a little more than 10 years ago, but the project had been going on for much longer.
Rogan and Goldberg had been reportedly working on the script since they were 13-years-old because they felt like no one had made a decent TV show or movie about what it's actually like to go through high school.
Goldberg also tells The Ringer: "It was some dog-shit movie and we were just like, 'We could fucking write a better fucking movie than this'. And 30 minutes later, we were pretty bored, and said, 'We should write a better movie than this'.
"So we went upstairs to my parents' desk area and just started writing a script."
But Rogan and Goldberg are lucky that they stuck with the crew they picked as the film, which was made with $20 million (£15.4 million), ended up earning nearly $170 million (£131.2 million) at the box office. Jonah Hill has since been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Moneyball, Emma Stone won an Oscar and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Michael Cera have gone on to appear in other successful movies.
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