What Seth Rogen learned from his wife
We have Seth Rogen's wife, actress and writer Lauren Miller, to thank for the matrimonial camaraderie displayed in the new movie Bad Neighbours, after she pointed out that early drafts of the script were unrealistic.
The movie stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as a husband and wife duo who become embroiled in a prank war with a next-door fraternity, headed by Zac Efron's character Teddy.
Miller took to task the way Byrne's character had originally been portrayed, saying she was boring and one-dimensional - painted as another humourless, nagging wife, while her husband scored all the action and one-liners.
What if, she suggested, the married couple in the film actually banded together like a real-life couple would do?
Speaking with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, Rogen explained that Miller's suggestions changed the course of the film.
"My wife read the script," he said. "She's a writer. She's one of the people who was like 'this isn't how it would be. We get along I want to have fun too...'
"And then as we started talking about it, that actually became the most exciting idea of the movie to us," Rogen continued. "That we could portray a couple where the wife is just as fun-loving and irresponsible as the guy, and they get along really well. In a comedy, that's almost non-existent. An actual healthy couple that really likes each other."
Rogen went on to give some insight into his fun, happy marriage:
"Again, in movies they like to portray marriage like 'oh the wife and husband are always arguing and bickering,'" he said. "For me and my wife...the easiest part of my life is my marriage. Like if everything was as smooth and easy and fun as my relationship with my wife then I would have a much easier time getting through the day. We really get along and we like the same stuff."
Tune in to hear the full exchange below, starting at 2:10.