Seth Rogen talks Kanye West relationship, shrooms trip, oddball fame in new book ‘Yearbook’

In need of oddball anecdotes and lots of F bombs? Seth Rogen has you covered.

The actor, producer, writer and comedian’s first book “Yearbook” (out Tuesday) features a hilarious collection of real-life stories and personal essays that delve into his adolescence and career. Rogen documents the parties, drugs and teenage antics that inspired 2007’s “Superbad,” along with his memorable celebrity encounters with Tom Cruise, Sacha Baron Cohen and others. 

Not surprisingly, “Yearbook” includes Rogen’s wit, charisma and sarcasm. He documents his transition from stand-up comedy to the big screen, and offers a glimpses into the eccentricities of fame (including a vivid retelling of what it’s like at the AVN Awards, which recognize achievements in the adult film industry). Rogen also shares self-reflection into the more serious moments of his life, including his battles with anti-Semitism in Hollywood.

So what are some of the most entertaining takeaways from “Yearbook?” Here are five of Rogen’s most intriguing moments. 

Seth Rogen's book "Yearbook" features a collection of hilarious personal essays about his childhood, comedy career, Jewish summer camp and celebrity encounters. (Photo: Ellen Folan/Penguin Random House)

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Nicolas Cage allegedly demanded ‘prosthetic lips’ for ‘Green Hornet’ role

You may know that Christoph Waltz played antagonist Benjamin Chudnofsky in the 2011 superhero film “Green Hornet.” But you probably didn’t know that Nicolas Cage was interested in the part.

Rogen, who co-wrote the film with Evan Goldberg (who was the basis of Michael Cera’s character, Evan, in “Superbad”), says he started having phone calls with Cage to play the film’s crime boss villain, but was unable to meet his eccentric demands.

“I want to play a bald guy but have hair tattooed on my head and big prosthetic lips,” Cage requested, according to Rogen. Cage’s other demands included portraying “a white Bahamian” with a thick Caribbean accent and dumping pig’s blood on the Green Hornet like a “creepy, voodoo ritual.”

Rogen says that Cage eventually decided he wasn’t the “right guy” for the part once he sensed Rogen’s lack of enthusiasm, but the two reunited three years later to discuss another movie, in which Cage accused Rogen of stealing his idea.

After seeing “Spring Breakers,” which stars James Franco as a drug dealer, Cage allegedly confronted Rogen about telling Franco about his “white Bahamian” character and putting it in the film, which Rogen denies. 

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Rogen wanted Twitter CEO to ban Trump years ago

Twitter permanently banned former President Donald Trump in January, citing the risk that he could incite further violence. But Rogen claims he called for this change years before.

The actor, who recalled being attacking by verified “white supremacists” who spread “Nazi propaganda,” said he personally DM’d Dorsey to express his disappointment and urge him to ban Trump’s account in 2018.

Seth Rogen attends the Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "Motherless Brooklyn" on October 28, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Leon Bennett, Getty Images)

“You’re aware that, almost weekly, the president is in blatant violation of your terms of service with regard to abusive behavior, threats, and harassment, and that kinda tells everyone that you don’t care about your own terms of service. It seems like you’re choosing what to enforce and not enforce, and right now you’re not enforcing very much regarding white supremacy,” Rogen says he told Dorsey over the phone.

However, the CEO’s response was disappointing for Rogen.

“We’re working on that,” Dorsey allegedly responded.

Though Trump is now banned from the platform, Rogen continues to remind readers that “The idea that it’s up to the threatened classes to protect themselves from bigots rather than up to the bigots not to spread hatred and act on their terrible instincts is as stupid as, well, Trump.”

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Kanye West provided him and his wife a ‘private performance’ — along with a sexy cat drawing

Rogen writes of all his celebrity encounters, his relationship with Kanye West was “probably the longest and weirdest.” It started in 2004 as a matter of geography: Rogen lived near West’s personal trainer. It solidified years later in 2013 after Rogen and Franco parodied West’s music video for “Bound 2.” (And yes, Rogen spoofs a naked Kim Kardashian). 

To Rogen’s surprise, West enjoyed the video and even invited him and his wife, actress Lauren Miller, to listen to some of his unreleased songs in his van. And together, they listened to around 20 songs over the course of about two and a half hours. Ironically, not one of those songs was featured in his album that came out a year later.

Music wasn’t the only thing West showed the two. Rogen says the encounter somehow got “weirder” when West showed them an idea for a movie: A drawing of a voluptuous tiger lady.

“Like if Kim Kardashian was cast in the movie Cats,” Rogen described the drawing. 

Rogen pooped his pants (literally) while dating his now-wife

In “Yearbook,” Rogen has nothing but kind words for his wife, actress Lauren Miller. He documents the day he met her and wooed her as well as the anxiety of their first date. However, there’s one memory he doesn’t remember fondly: When he pooped his pants in front of her. 

Co-Founders of HFC Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen attended the 3rd Annual Hilarity For Charity Variety Show on June 8, 2017 in New York. (Photo: Steve Zak Photography, FilmMagic)

Rogen blames his incontinence on carrots and lettuce from a bachelor partyin Mexico the night before. Lucky for him, however, Lauren didn’t seem to notice.

“I’m gonna have to throw these underpants, pants, and at this point maybe my shoes and socks in the garbage,” he recalls.

Despite the traumatizing experience, Rogen says there was a silver lining of the experience: “I also thought, I love her, and I hope I get to spend the rest of my life with her and that one day I can tell her about this, because if anyone would appreciate this story, it’s her.”

Mushrooms and a spontaneous trip to France

From his first marijuana high to his experience with acid, Rogen doesn’t hold back when discussing drugs. One of the most notable under-the-influence stories involved mushrooms in Amsterdam when he was 19.

Though he expected a calming, hallucinogenic experience, Rogen instead found himself projectile vomiting on nearby pedestrians’ shoes, while his friend Ben was laying face down, motionless on a picnic blanket in the middle of a public park.

To make matters even more absurd, the two spontaneously decided to travel to France that same evening, with no place to stay or no plan in mind.

“We did so many shrooms we didn’t just freak out, or throw up on the street, or litter a whole picnic’s worth of food in one of the most beautiful parks in Holland. We did so many shrooms we wound up in a completely different country,” Rogen writes. 

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