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'Entourage' vs. Seth Rogen Feud Heats Up!

Turns out that Seth Rogen can't take a joke.

In response to the Sunday, July 19th episode of HBO's Entourage titled "Amongst Friends" where Turtle calls Rogen's "ugliness...oddly fascinating" among other things, Rogen went on the attack. He lashed out at Entourage creator Doug Ellin by calling him an "*sshole" and a "moron." And the feud is on!!!

For those who did not see last weeks episode . . .

The episode had a running gag with Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) obsessing over how a guy that looks like Seth Rogen could get such a hot woman like Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up to marry him. The show opened with a very funny debate in which he talked about how Rogen is ugly and disgusting. He went to ask everyone he could if they thought Rogen was good looking. At the end of the show the joke was brought up again as he asked all the women in the room including his character's (and real life) girlfriend Jamie-Lynn Sigler if they would actually sleep with him. All the women showed utter disgust except Drama's date who said she slept with him when she was drunk. I thought it was pretty funny but apparently Rogen didn't.

It seems like creator Doug Ellin and producer Mark Wahlberg don't like Rogen very much with Wahlberg recently calling him misogynistic. Now this episode drops which could very well be the most personal and direct attack in the history of the show and the feud intensifies.

According to MovieLine, Rogen responded in an interview this week by telling E!'s Daily 10 show the following:

"Yeah, those guys are *ssholes. I actually ran into Matt...Kevin Dillon in a Starbucks. And he's like 'you know, I've got to kind of apologize because apparently the guy who created our show doesn't like you so much.' And I said 'well I have reason to believe because I think [showrunner] Doug Ellin is a moron from all I can understand so it makes sense he doesn't like me.' And I've kind of said some disparaging things about the show. Although in our defense, [producer] Mark Wahlberg called us misogynistic in an interview, so I think they kind of started that...It's on. Luckily I never have and never plan on watching Entourage."

Now, I don't like the fact that he dissed multiple Emmy nominated Kevin Dillon especially after Dillon went up to him and apologized for the shows content. That's just classless.

While I don't claim to have an insider's view into the real reason Seth Rogen was the butt of several jokes, here are my thoughts.

As I wrote in my episode review . . . at initial glance the Seth Rogen gag may appear to be a dated reference but in reality it's a brilliant plot device. Turtle's character is very insecure with women (and his looks) especially after been totally ignored (except by hookers) his entire life. He is now dating a beautiful Hollywood actress in the show, so of course he's is looking for any evidence that he can find to pull this off even if it's from a stupid movie like Knocked Up. In a case of life imitating art, Jerry Ferrara is in fact in a very serious relationship with Jamie-Lynn in real life and I'm sure he's faced those same insecurities (and jokes) as well. This will be explored more in depth in next weeks episode.

I defy any man in America to tell me that when Knocked Up came out they didn't think (or scream out loud) that there was absolutely no way that a hottie like Heigl would marry a guy like Rogen. He should be happy that there is a thing in movies called "Suspension of Disbelief". Only in Hollywood could a schlub like Rogen ever score with a girl like that. End of story. Turtle identifies himself with Rogen plain and simple and is waiting for the other shoe to drop in his what he believes is a "too good to be true" relationship with the former Meadow Soprano.

But wait there may be more to this escalating feud. Our friends at Cinematical uncovered an old interview Rogen gave to E! Online in which he claims he pitched an Entourage "like" show to HBO years ago and was ignored:

"I just remember feeling really bitter. We thought the stuff we were writing was funny... and it just seemed crazy that no one else liked it. You start to question your own sanity. Like, 'Our HBO pilot isn't funny, but Entourage is?'"

I don't know what he's been smoking but everyone knows that Entourage is based on Mark Wahlberg and his real life entourage as he was climbing his way to the Hollywood "A" list. This is a well documented fact.

So far there hasn't been any response from either Doug Ellin or Mark Wahlberg on Rogen's latest comments. But I would pay real money to see Rogen say any of the above to Wahlberg's face. Let's just say that would be a real bad day in the life of Seth Rogen.

Here's a quote from Turtle:
Turtle: His ugliness is oddly fascinating. Especially in Blu-ray. It just pisses me off.
Drama: Why would you be pissed off? I'm the one who was too good-looking to even get an audition for the role.

Do any of the readers of Entourage Fodder have any thoughts about this? Is Doug Ellin a moron? Is Seth Rogen bitter? Was he justified? Were the jokes funny?

Feel free to leave comments and tell me what you think. I will keep you up to date on any further developments and regardless of what happens this could turn out to be one blazing hot summer!!

-- Janaki Cedanna

Posted by Janaki Cedanna on July 22, 2009 8:40 PM
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I love both Entourage and Seth Rogan.

Okay, now that being said, yes, it was a little disparaging watching that scene in Entourage, but seriously, it's a comedy television show. It's not that big of a deal. Rogan and the Entourage people should just get over it. Lets be honest, Rogan is a rising star, and the guys on Entourage might need him in the future to make them look lovable and more famous.

Rogan should really stay away from tiffs like this because it really makes him look like a Hollywood deuchebag for caring about something someone said on a cable show. Everyone that watches Entourage probably LOVES Rogan and he's pretty much tarnishing his own humorous disposition by getting mixed up in this silly feud.



-- Posted by: Roheeni at July 31, 2009 1:21 AM

I love Seth Rogan, and I've always found him attractive. I've never like pretty boys and while he's not pretty, he sure isn't ugly.

I think it was a low blow on the part of the Entourage folks... But it’s just a TV show, and if Wahlberg and Ellin have nothing better to do, then sad for them.

I don't find Entourage very entertaining anyway and I don't watch it, so I'm sure my opinion isn't very educated. But it’s my opinion.

-- Posted by: Sami at July 31, 2009 4:33 AM

Rogan needs to grow some thicker skin in a hurry. His response to the Entourage episode, and his comments yesterday about Katherine Heigl, are overly sensitive at best -- and he is actually starting to come off like an arrogant, jerk. Disappointing.

-- Posted by: MB Geb at July 31, 2009 11:28 AM

Great insights everyone. For a guy like Seth Rogen who has ripped apart many people, celebs or not in his movies he is showing a real lack of humor.

This is the classic example of once someone makes it in Hollywood they become arrogant jerks. He's got his buddy Apatow putting him in every movie he makes and now he's writing the Green Hornet? Cameron Diaz signed on to this film. Wow.

In retrospect the guys of Entourage should have been talking about Pineapple Express. His girlfriend in that was even more unrealistic then Heigl in Knocked Up.

Now Judd Apatow is getting into the act by saying to Howard Stern: "It's funny because it's a bunch of incredibly ugly guys debating whether or not Seth is ugly."

At least Judd watches Entourage.

Thanks for reading and keep those posts coming!

-- Posted by: Janaki at July 31, 2009 5:59 PM

Even as a broke, overweight, non-famous, non-George Clooney look-a-like, I've banged a few hot chicks in my time, so obviously that part of the Knocked Up premise I did not have a problem believing.

What did surprise me was that a generation of commitment-phobic, abortion-willing folks would buy the premise that a successful and ambitious career woman as Heigl's character would have a child out of wedlock by a one-night stand who has the ambition and drive of a slug. That was believable, right? Meanwhile, that some schlubby dude could get lucky one night and bag a drunken hot chick, well that was preposterous. Please.

-- Posted by: Kiko Jones at December 30, 2009 3:54 PM

ummm... Well seeing as i actually believe Seth Rogen is rediculously cute. I have to disagree with almost everything. He's already lost weight for funny people. This has gotten him even more appealing to the public. I think the reason why alot of people are like WTF is because i seriously believe alot of people dont actually fine Seth Rogen ugly. You have to find something almost everyone can agree on... like Flavor Flave. His uglieness is rediculous but he still manages to have a house full of girls. I think Entourage is stupid, and everytime it comes on after True Blood i change it. Its like Hung will come on, then HBO will be like up next Entourage... and im like fuck no click.

Knocked up is hilarious and proves to show its whats inside that counts. I mean seriously she gave him a chance, and thats what really happened. And also like i said previously Seth Rogen is cute, and girls like a funny man.
Entourage is stupid and the creator isnt even attractive... i mean really. Its dumb to even light the flame.

-- Posted by: Laetitia M at January 9, 2010 6:00 AM

whoever wrote this is gay.

-- Posted by: Anonymous at January 30, 2011 3:20 PM

I think Rogen is just bitter. Entourage is a great show. Rogen needs to grow up.

-- Posted by: jimmy at May 18, 2011 9:40 PM

Anyone who is anyone in sports or Hollywood is dying to be on entourage, a few years have passed and seth rogan is still stupid and entourage is great a little deep but still great

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