Seth Rogen and James Franco are frequent co-stars and collaborators, who have given us films like The Disaster Artist, The Interview, This Is The End and more. While the duo is a hit when working together, Rogen has opened up about his decision of not working with Franco anymore. The decision came as a result of allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour implied on the Spider-Man actor.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Rogen addressed the allegations and said, “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.”
“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,” further added Rogen. He also talked about his 2014 Saturday Night Live opening monologue, where he had quipped about a 17-year-old girl’s accusation that Franco had messaged her on Instagram to meet up.
“I decided to prank James Franco. 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,” Rogen says during the monologue. Talking about the same, Rogen said, “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.”
Seth Rogen also added that the allegations have affected their personal friendship as well. The actor said, “I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”
Back in 2018, several students at James Franco’s former acting school accused him of intimidating them into sexual situations. While Franco denied the allegations, the matter soon turned into a lawsuit, which was settled in February this year.