Even though we know Rogen as a comedic actor, he can also do serious roles as he showed us in the heart-breaking movie 50/50, starring him and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Of course, there were laughable moments, but overall it was generally a huge leap from the typical stoner flicks that Rogen was known for.
The film was a moderate success, released on Sept. 30, 2011, and grossed $41 million, though critics seemed to love the film more than the fans. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes but was snubbed for the Oscars. Rogen said in an interview that he wasn’t shocked by the lack of nominations.
“I think it must be people who have very, very personal connections to the subject matter and just can’t emotionally disconnect from their own experience,” Rogen told Entertainment Weekly. “I respect that. But what we found, for the most part, is that people like to laugh at tragedy. It makes them feel better.”
Superbad is easily one of the funniest movies of our century and would have ranked higher on this list if Rogen had played a bigger part in the film. The screenplay was written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, but Rogen only had a small cameo.
Some fans might not realize this but Rogen was initially intended to play Seth, but due to age, Jonah Hill was cast instead. Rogen can be seen as Michaels, a police officer.
The film opened at number one, grossing $33,052,411 in the opening weekend. It grossed $18,044,369 the second week, where it was also number one. In total, it grossed $121.5 million in the United States and Canada.