Despite reviews which ranged from pleasantly amused to fuming accusations of being one of the worst movies of all time, GREEN HORNET managed to lead at the box office with $40.5 million over the four-day holiday. That was doubtless inflated by the 3D conversion, so, sadly, studios will keep doing it and keep making movies less watchable.
Meanwhile, star Seth Rogen has been flying his comic book flag high and proud including telling USA Today of the crown jewels of the collection:
Over the years, most of his geek items have congregated to his home office, which is rife with comics and memorabilia. “I have elaborate porcelain statues of Nightcrawler teleporting, and lots of that stuff that I would not encourage young men who are trying to attract a woman to obtain.”
The holy grail of the bunch: An original drawn page from the 1990s Vertigo comic Preacher— with notes scribbled on it from writer Garth Ennis to artist Steve Dillon — that Smith gave him as a gift.
Rogen admits that he tends to follow writers more than titles — his favorites are Ennis, Mark Millar and Ed Brubaker. “Anything guys like that are writing, I’ll follow,” Rogen says. He’s also a new fan of the graphic novel Blacksad, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. “It’s awesome.”
He says finding the time to read comics has been hit-or-miss lately, but he looks forward to being able to hit his local store every Wednesday again. “I haven’t been for a couple of months, actually, this is how busy we’ve been,” Rogen says. “Once Green Hornet comes out, I’ll return to my normal life. It’ll be fantastic.”
Also of interest, perhaps, director Michel Gondry talks about his creative differences with Rogen, such as not initially getting the whole Gangsta’s Paradie thing:
It was not the only time Gondry had his authority superceded by his star — and he didn’t have final cut on the film. ”Seth was as important, if not more important than the studio,” Gondry said when I talked to him for a Calendar cover story on this career moment. “So I felt, ‘Well, it’s not really my movie.’ I accepted that. But I realized there was still tons I could infiltrate or infuse my personality through discussion all the time.” But in the end Gondry feels the scene’s inclusion was all for the best. “There are some jokes I hated when we shot them. ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ – it’s not really me at all. But when I saw it, I really liked it.”