Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents A little less than two years ago,
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg s
North Korea comedy, The Interview,
spawned the hack of Sony Pictures
and a crisis unlike any previous in
Hollywood. The experience hasn t
done much to tame them.
In the crudely funny but not crudely
animated R-rated comedy Sausage
Party, Rogen and Goldberg are again
pushing the limits of today s risk-
adverse Hollywood---and Sony is still
"That experience in no way made
us more timid, I don t think. If any-
thing, it showed how this (expletive)
can really hit the mark in ways that
you never imagined it would," says a
"But I would probably think twice
before killing a living dictator in one
of my films."
No foreign country has lambasted
Sausage Party, ("Not yet," notes
But the comedy s extreme profanity
in a medium most associated with
Disney makes Sausage Party an auda-
cious release for any studio, let alone
one brought to its knees by a previous
film from the duo.
Rogen and Goldberg (co-writers and
producers) have been working for
nearly a decade on Sausage Party, their
own warped version of a Pixar movie,
complete with a song by Beauty and
the Beast composer Alan Menken.
It s set in a supermarket where food
and grocery items believe their sal-
vation lies in being purchased and
taken "to the great beyond."
There s some of the existentialism
of their apocalyptic comedy This Is
the End and even hints of the political
satire of The Interview. But there s
mostly a staggering amount of double
entendre (Rogen stars as a hot dog
who dreams of uniting with Kristen
Wiig s bun), a prolonged orgy scene
and even a villainous douche.
"The real problem getting it made
was not the talking douche or the
graphic sexual stuff or the specific
statements that it made," says Gold-
"The real thing was: Rated-R CG
film. That was the phrase that stopped
the studios from making it. There s
The pair---childhood friends from
Vancouver turned creative collabora-
tors---spoke separately in recent inter-
views, Goldberg on the phone from
Los Angeles and Rogen over coffee in
the East Village, with his dog, Zelda,
quietly perched next to him.
In some ways, the fiasco of The
Interview is long behind them. They
released their holiday comedy The
Night Before last November with Sony
and have dived into their AMC series
Preacher, among other projects.
But both acknowledge the experi-
ence of The Interview remains
omnipresent. Their office is still on
the Sony lot and they ve continued
to work closely with the studio that,
under former head Amy Pascal, fos-
tered their early films.
"I overall remember it sucked. It
was just a massive bummer," says
Rogen of the hack. "It took a long
time to emotionally recover from it.
"We all talk about it all the time
and we will forever," says Goldberg.
"Seth and I don t agree on what hap-
pened, even. He s less sure that it was
North Koreans. I m more sure. But
it s not clear. We also have a running
theory that someone started it and
someone else picked it up."
They say there were many frustra-
tions in the hack---how the media
reported it, how the studio handled
some aspects of it, how the theaters
refused to screen the film.
One upside was that the leaked
emails spawned a large debate over
gender equality and pay in Hollywood,
but Rogen doesn t see it that way.
"Is that news, that the world is sex-
ist? That women get paid less than
men, especially in Hollywood?" he
"I guess it s nice when it s written.
But you would hope what would come
from it is some equality for women
and Amy Pascal is, like, the only one
who lost her job as a result of it---and
was replaced with a man."
Given the trauma of the experience,
Goldberg and Rogen wondered what
would happen to the long-in-devel-
opment Sausage Party, for which the
US$30 million budget was bankrolled
by financier Megan Ellison.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 12, 2016
Continues on Page A35
Seth Rogen, left, and Evan Goldberg,
co-writers and co-producers of Sausage
Party, pose together for a portrait in
Beverly Hills, California. (AP PHOTO)
Undaunted by hack---
throw Sausage Party
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