How Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made Superbad a phenomenon
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have shared how they made Superbad a phenomenon, 15 years after it was first released.
In an interview with Vanity Fair spilled all on how they came to write the iconic teen comedy which was released in 2007.
Rogen and Goldberg first began writing their own movie more than a decade before it hit the silver screen.
The pair did not feel they could connect with 90s teen comedies that were opening in theatres and decided to write their own comedy about two kids searching for alcohol and hoping to have sex with their high school crushes before they would leave for college.
After watching a movie that they do not remember the name of, Rogen and Goldberg began writing their own movie, believing they 'could make a better movie than this'.
"We went upstairs, into my sister’s bedroom, where the computer was, and we opened Word—because we didn’t know there were other options—and we started writing an awful first draft of Superbad," Goldberg told Vanity Fair.
The first draft may have been different, but according to Rogen, the idea for the movie remained the same.
Rogen said: "It was fundamentally about the same idea. Essentially there was a party and the guys were trying to buy beer."
Explaining the inspiration behind the movie he added: "It was inspired largely just by our desire to buy alcohol at the time. That was very true. We liked going to house parties. We had a tonne of house parties at our high school for whatever reason. And it always was a challenge to get booze."
Goldberg then went onto reveal that the ending for the movie was different during the early draft.
He said: "Our original draft ended with them leaving the party, walking down the alleyway, and then Seth’s character makes fun of Michael Cera’s mother having nice breasts, and then he says, “F*** you.” That was the end."
Despite writing the script at the age of 13, Superbad did not receive the green light for a number of years.
Producer Judd Apatow who worked with Rogen on Freaks and Geeks, worked closely with Rogen and Goldberg and encouraged them to keep working on their script.
Apatow said: "I kept encouraging Seth and Evan to continue developing the script. Over time, emotional elements were added which made it much deeper. It became about friendship, and the panic of starting a new phase of your life without your best friend."
Much of Superbad was based on Rogen and Goldberg's own lives. Many of the people mentioned in the movie such as Dan Remick and Mike Snider, are people they actually knew.
The pair also knew a girl who got her period while dancing and they really did wind up at an adult party where they saw people doing cocaine.
Superbad instantly went down as a hit when it finally opened in theatres in 2007.
The movie kickstarted the careers of many of the cast including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Bill Hader and Martha MacIsaac.
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