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SUPERBAD

About The Production
Columbia Pictures' hilarious new comedy Superbad began in the most unlikely of places: the brains of the then-teenage neophyte screenwriters, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. After watching movies that they felt weren't accurate (or even funny) portrayals of high school life, Rogen and Goldberg decided to give it a try themselves. Rogen explains, "We tapped into the mind of a desperate high schooler in a way that very few films do.” And why not? After all, the first piece of advice many young writers receive is "write what you know.”

Rogen and Goldberg had written a screenplay with characters inspired by themselves and the people around them—and they went so far as to name the main characters Seth and Evan. The movie focuses on a shared experience, "that one night in which everything that can go wrong goes wrong,” says Jonah Hill, who plays Seth in the film. "Everything in the movie is just like high school in real life,” says Christopher Mintz- Plasse, the first-time actor plucked from his Los Angeles high school to play a role in Superbad. "I mean, I never got arrested and hung out with the cops, but the parties and guys trying to get with girls -- that's just like everyone's high school experience. That's how Seth and Evan wrote it; they wanted it to be realistic.”

"Superbad doesn't have the traditional high school hierarchy that you see in movies,” adds Michael Cera, best-known for his role as George-Michael Bluth on the television series "Arrested Development,” who plays Evan. "Jonah had a good point -- high school isn't divided into the jocks and the losers. You might not be hanging out with the popular girls, but you know them, say hi to them, and are passing friends with them. You slip under the radar.”

Producer Shauna Robertson notes that even though the film represents the universal high school experience, it is also inspired by the experiences of its two writers. "It's fun to watch Seth and Evan -- they wrote this when they were so young, and now, they argue about how things really went down. They have two very distinct images of how their pasts played out, and it's fun to watch them argue about it.”

A few years after beginning the screenplay, Rogen made his way from Canada to Los Angeles, where—almost immediately—he came under the wing of producer Judd Apatow. "It became clear I wasn't going to graduate high school, so I needed some kind of avenue of making money for myself,” the writer-actor relates. "I was doing stand-up and decided to try acting when I auditioned for ‘Freaks and Geeks.'” Rogen was cast on that show, and when it ended, he transitioned to both the cast and writing team of Apatow's next show, "Undeclared.”

It was then that Rogen gave the screenplay to producer Judd Apatow. "At some point during ‘Undeclared,' Seth said to me, ‘I wrote a script with my friend Evan from Canada. It's called Superbad. Will you read it?' I thought it was hilarious, but there weren't any other movies like it out there.”

Apatow took the opportunity to guide the screenwriters, pumping up the emotion at the center of the outrageous story. "At its heart, Superbad is a movie about being terrified to move on,” he notes. "The characters are terrified to go to different colleges and be apart for the first time. There's nothing more painful than separating from your high school friends. That's how you know you're growing up; you don't have those people to depend on anymore. That fear and pain turns into an obsession of accomplishing this goal -- getting with these girls. To me, that makes this a sweet movie, despite the fact that all of the comedy is really far out.”

Once the movie was on the fast track, finding the director was the first issue of business. Apatow relates, "Greg directed five episodes of ‘Undeclared' -- he was always one of our favorite people to work with. Ove

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