In the comedy Superbad, which was released in 2007, Seth Rogen portrayed a foolish police officer who was intended to serve as a warning about cops rather than a role model for audiences to emulate.
In the movie, which he co-wrote with his best friend Evan Goldberg, Rogen played Officer Michaels, one of the cops who ultimately decides to take McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) on a joyride after he is attacked while trying to buy booze.
When Rogen discovered that several police officers chose their careers after seeing his portrayal of cops in Superbad, he was mortified.
In an interview with Vanity Fair published on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the critically acclaimed teen comedy, the actor, shared a “horrifying” statement that he frequently receives from fans regarding Officer Michaels.
“I get a lot where cops come up to me and say, ‘I became a cop because of Superbad,'” Rogen said.
“That has been said to me on numerous occasions. And when they say that to me, I say, “That is fucked up. You did not understand the movie.'”
He has a point there. Officer Michaels and Officer Slater, who is played by Bill Hader, are incredibly bad police officers.
Officer Michaels’ partner, Officer Slater, is also played by Hader. Seth Rogen played Officer Michaels.
Not only do the two adults knowingly allow an underage Fogell, also known as McLovin to drink alcohol with them, but they also take him on a highly illegal joyride throughout the city in which they perform donuts in a police car while blasting Van Halen’s 1984 hit song “Panama,” flash their sirens to skirt traffic lights, and shoot their guns at a stop sign.
And when it comes to actually carrying out the duties of their jobs, well, let’s just say that they’re shockingly terrible at that as well.
Basically, they are the worst police officers ever and spend most of the film trying to impress a teenager so that he’d think they were “cool.”
During the course of their investigation into a robbery that took place at a nearby liquor store, the two individuals stumble their way through multiple witness testimonies, create a rudimentary police sketch of the offender, and have difficulty distinguishing between the popular M&M candy and the famous rapper Eminem.
They are indeed simply not up to snuff to be cops, as seen when Rogen’s character is unable to catch “the fastest kid alive” Evan (Michael Cera) when attempting to arrest him and his best friend Seth (Jonah Hill).
If watching Superbad was the movie that motivated people to put on a uniform and help others, then those individuals should really reevaluate their life.
The slapstick antics that these guys are performing in the film are fairly far removed from reality.
And Seth Rogen is not happy about it.
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