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Rogen taps childhood dream in 'Green Hornet'

January 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
It seemed like every bit of green material in Hollywood was used up Monday night to welcome the stars of the new action-filled, comic book-based movie, "The Green Hornet."Actor Seth Rogen met fans before he walked along the green carpet outside Grauman's Chinese Theater.

He shared the spotlight with the film's other stars, leading lady Cameron Diaz, plus the super tricked-out car named the "Black Beauty."

Rogen not only plays the title character, he also co-wrote and executive produced the film.

"The Green Hornet" has its roots in comic books, 1930s radio and one season of TV in the 1960s.

The producers of the new movie say they did their best to try and please old fans, while not alienating Green Hornet novices.

"If you're a big fan, we wanted to include references and things to the previous incarnations of it, but not in a way that you'd feel like you were missing out if you'd never heard of it," Rogen said.

Rogen is a fan of the character and loved that this role allowed him to channel the inner superhero he's been hiding since childhood.

"I think so many kids when they are young want to be a superhero," Rogen said. "We wanted to tap into that, the feeling kids have, how it can be beaten out of you by cynicism if it's powerful enough. I definitely related to that."

Rogen is typically known for his comedy work. And while there are plenty of laughs mixed into "The Green Hornet," the film also allowed him to take on a new action hero role.

However, Rogen says it is not part of any master career plan.

"I have no plan whatsoever," he said. "I should, but honestly, I just kind of take things as they come. I have no idea what I'm doing next. We see what interesting thing comes our way and that's it."

"The Green Hornet" also stars Taiwanese star Jay Chou, who makes his U.S. film debut as Kato.

The film is rated PG-13 and is in theaters Friday.