In more than two decades, Seth Rogen has established himself as one of Hollywood’s best minds in comedy. As an actor, screenwriter, and director, he has done it all when it comes to the comedy genre. But while he has a steadfast reputation as a comedy actor, Seth Rogen’s filmography is filled with some movie roles where he showed that he’s capable of more than the weed and genitalia jokes.
Over the course of his career, he has explored some heavy themes, some of which have gone under the radar. We take a look at five roles of Rogen that prove he can do more than comedy.
Five Roles That Prove Seth Rogen Can Do More Than Comedy
1. Kyle in 50/50 (2011)
About a decade after Seth Rogen made his debut on-screen on the show, Freaks and Geeks, he starred in the indie drama/romantic comedy, 50/50.
50/50 stands out for many reasons on the long list that is Seth’s filmography. It was one of his first departures from the laugh out loud comedy that he was known for. It was also one of the first set of films he produced.
Starring alongside actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen plays the best friend of a man who’s battling cancer.
The film is one of the projects where he showcased his ability to balance heavy themes with his comedy.
2. Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs (2015)
In a short period, two movies about Apple Founder, Steve Jobs, were released. This one, Steve Jobs, debuted to critical acclaim. While most of the praise went to Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen’s role in the movie as an underappreciated co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is worthy of plenty of praise.
Dropping his act as a pot-smoking man-child, Seth Rogen delivered a perfect portrayal as the neglected right-hand man of the iconic tech founder.
The film may not have become the box office hit it was hoped to be but, Seth’s performance will forever serve as proof that he is capable of being more than a comedic actor.
3. Ira Wright in Funny People (2009)
So far, Seth Rogen tends to leave his more nuanced, drama-heavy performance when he is playing a supporting role. His role as Ira Wright, an aspiring comedian that was taken under the wings of successful comedian, George Simmons, played by Adam Sandler, is one of them.
He played the mentee of a man who is dying from leukemia. He serves as both a man who is trying to make it in his chosen profession and a comforter to a superstar regretting his past actions.
Funny People is a dramedy in every term of the word and Seth Rogen delivered a performance that was not only convincing but reflective of his career status at the time of release.
4. Seth Rogen in This Is The End (2013)
Playing yourself in a film can either turn out to be a great idea or a terrible one.
In This Is The End, the 2013 comedy exploring friendships and mortality in the face of the apocalypse, Seth Rogen’s role is a version of himself. In the film, his level of self-awareness and the nuances to his emotional and physical acting tricks show that he is more than just about genitalia jokes and marijuana praise.
Although the film is inherently a comedy, Seth Rogen was able to show how good he was at altering the real-life version of himself while playing himself. A skill you least expect to find in a comedic actor.
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5. Ben Stone in Knocked Up (2007)
The idea of Seth Rogen getting a woman pregnant was a terrifying one, especially back when he was known to be nothing more than an actor adept at playing a weed-smoking man-child. But in the movie, Knocked Up, where Seth Rogen plays the role of Ben Stone, he pairs his default man-child persona with an exploration of the reality of what happens when you are not ready to be a parent.
Playing alongside Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen delivers his performance with a sense of vulnerability and fear expected of someone in that situation.
It is no wonder that it was one of his breakout films and one that made Seth not just one of the best comedic actors in Hollywood, but one of the best actors, period.