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Seth Rogen is back as B.O.B. for Monsters vs Aliens Halloween special

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 28th 2009 2:11PM
Seth Rogen from Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer SpaceSeth Rogen has always enjoyed Halloween specials, from the TGIF line-up when he was a kid up to The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. Tonight, he'll be in his own Halloween special, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (NBC, 8 PM), based on the Dreamworks animated feature Monsters vs Aliens.

"I was a nerd and had nothing to do on Friday nights," Rogen says of the TGIF line-up during a conference call with press. "Whenever like the sitcoms would do their Halloween episode, I always enjoyed that for some reason. That always spawned some good comedy."

Rogen reprises his voiceover role as B.O.B., a gelatinous blob, who is now part of a U.S. special ops team along with his compatriots from the original film - the giant Ginormica (Reese Witherspoon), scientist Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), and the fish-ape Missing Link (Will Arnett). Tonight, they fight an invasion of pumpkin like aliens on Halloween night.

Rogen says he was drawn to the role of B.O.B. mainly because it looked fun to be able to improvise in the studio without the pressure of a huge cast and crew looming around every scene. "The character is funny and the directors are cool and the story is funny," he says, "then to me it's like a very fun format to kind of improvise and try to, you own, discover a character in a different way than physically doing it.

"Every time I improvise," he adds, "I'm aware that I could be ruining what it is that we're doing and we'll just have to do it again. But when you're doing like an animated movie it's, you know, there's just like five people in the booth listening to you, you have all day."

Rogen is also busy acting, directing, and producing several other projects. He's starring in and co-wrote an update of The Green Hornet, the story of a crime fighter and his sidekick Kato that started out as a radio serial in the 30s and was later adapted for TV and the big screen. Michael Gondry is directing. He's also lending his voice to Paul, a new film written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (of Shaun of the Dead fame).

Rogen says he's been having fun with Pegg and Frost doing Paul, and accepts the responsibility of taking on a 70-plus year-old franchise in The Green Hornet. That's why he's so involved as an actor, writer, and producer.

"I mean a lot. I will blame Gondry if it sucks though," he says, laughing. "No I'm just joking. No we are all in it, you know. I will say, I take a huge amount of the pressure. I understand that it's my face on it, you know, when it literally comes out. Even if it sucks for another reason, people will blame me and that's why I have to be so involved to, you know, try to make sure that it doesn't suck."

Even being so involved in so many other movies, Rogen can still do things like Monsters vs Aliens because he can make it work around his filming schedule. "I can literally go do it like on a weekend if I'm filming a movie, you know," he says.

His schedule may also prevent him from doing much for Halloween, the one day a year Rogen has been able to indulge his sweet tooth. "I had a lot of allergies when I was a kid," he says, "and I couldn't eat sugar very often so for me Halloween was just a day to gorge myself which is a tradition I carry through to this day."

This year, he says he has a 6 AM call time the morning after Halloween. "That kind of puts a slight damper on my plans," he says. "I have a girlfriend now and I've entered the unfortunate world of paired costuming, which is, it's not fun. I don't recommend it. I always end up being the lamer half of the - it's like she's a dog and I'm a fire hydrant or something like that. It's never fun. So maybe I'm dodging a bullet this year." (Note: Rogen admits one of his favorite costumes was the year he and his girlfriend did dress up as Doc and Marty from Back to the Future).

And if there are any more Monsters vs Aliens specials in the future, Rogen says he'd be up for it. "Anything but Christmas," he says. "I'm Jewish. But Flag Day I'm a devout observer of and would definitely do it. B.O.B. is Jewish. Most people don't know that. He's actually - he's Orthodox."

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