- Jonah Hill was approached to star in a “Transformers” sequel.
- Seth Rogen said he told Hill to turn down the project and focus on producing his own films.
- “You want to make a movie about fightin’ robots? Make your own movie about fightin’ robots,” he said.
Jonah Hill famously turned down a role in the “Transformers” franchise in 2008, and in a recent interview with The New York Times, Seth Rogen revealed that he encouraged Hill to reject the film and to instead focus on producing his own projects.
At the time, Hill was emerging from the huge success of “Superbad,” which was co-written by Seth Rogen, and he was approached by Steven Spielberg who was producing the “Transformers” series to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in the sequel with Michael Bay directing.
The Times reports that Hill turned to Rogen for advice on whether to accept the role to which Rogen replied: “I can see if Steven Spielberg’s calling you, asking you to do something, how that’s hard to turn down,” but Rogen ultimately concluded: “You want to make a movie about fightin’ robots? Make your own movie about fightin’ robots. You can do that. That’s on the table now.”
Rogen’s “Yearbook” is to be published on May 11th by Random House.