For several years Seth Rogen has been shopping around a movie to producers about a politician who smokes crack. Producers felt that the concept would be too farfetched resulting in more of a slapstick comedy than a believable comedic romp. But now thanks to the now famous crack smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, the idea is not so farfetched anymore and Seth Rogen will get the opportunity to make his crack smoking movie.
He will be partnered on the project with Evan Goldberg, who together with Seth Rogen, created such comedic gems as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is The End. Seth Rogen credits Rob Ford for making this project a distinct possibility, which is commonplace for comedy. Saturday Night Live turns the mistakes of public figures into comedy on a weekly basis when in season, and it is something American society really seems to get behind.
The difficulty in filming this project will probably lie in just how far to take the main character, which is claimed to be a politician that smokes crack by Seth Rogen. That could have many layers to it, because in the case of Rob Ford, he has allegedly just tried crack and it was a bad decision. He never admitted to regularly abusing the substance nor has it been uncovered that he has had any sort of addiction to it. His addiction to alcohol on the other hand has been reported on quite heavily, and even to the most casual of onlookers, recordings of his behavior certainly seem to indicate immense instability.
In the case of the Seth Rogen crack smoking movie, it probably would not be prudent to have the protagonist acting in the violent manner of Rob Ford. Rob Ford is comedic primarily because he is actually the mayor of Toronto and not a common citizen. People can turn on the television any day of the week and see people acting in a way that is extremely similar to Rob Ford on an episode of “Cops.” Individual non-famous people acting drunk and disorderly is still considered funny by the masses, but not funny enough to carry news headlines for several weeks at a time.
Seth Rogen will most likely want to portray his crack smoking movie character as a jubilant party animal. The ranting of an angry drunk seldom plays well in the comedy arena, and no one would watch a movie that continuously builds to a crack smoking climax at the end. It will be interesting to see how the finished project was this idea does differ from the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis film The Campaign, because it certainly seemed evident that Will Ferrell character seemed quite capable of any possible level of partying, included and not limited to smoking crack. I’m sure film critics will be going into the premieres of the film with the very same comparisons in mind. Nevertheless, Rob Ford has paved the way for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to take this project way over the top and chances are it has a very good chance at being a hit.
Editorial by Michael Blain