Seth Rogen has spoken out about his personal and professional relationship with frequent co-star and collaborator James Franco. Rogen’s statement comes in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations weighted against Franco.
Despite the duo having starred in successful comedies such as Pineapple Express, The Interview, This is the End and The Disaster Artist, Rogen has admitted he has no plans to work with Franco in future.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Rogen has addressed the Franco allegations. He has also admitted his regret at his 2014 Saturday Night Live monologue. In the skit, Rogen joked about a young woman’s allegation that Franco had messaged her on social media to meet up.
“I decided to prank James Franco,” Rogen said in the monologue, before adding: “I posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young. He seemed unfazed. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel.”
However, Rogen has rethought his 2014 sketch, and the situation with Franco altogether. He told the Times: “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that.”
Adding: “However, I do look back at a joke I made on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly.”
Allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against Franco arose again in 2018. This time, students of his short-lived New York acting school Studio 4 accused the 127 Hours star of intimidating them into sexual situations. Franco has vehemently denied the allegations. This particular set turned into a lawsuit which was settled in February.
Rogen had claimed in past interviews that he would continue to work with Franco, until now. “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”
Rogen has said that it is “not a coincidence” that his successful partnership with Franco has come to an end. It has also strained their friendship.
“I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview,” Rogen said of their friendship. “I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”
The Times commented that it “must have been painful” for Rogen. However, the Canadian star replied: “Yeah. But not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved. I have no pity for myself in this situation.”