Seth Rogen Based ‘Hornet’ Character on Paris Hilton
The lovable star of The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen, revealed to MTV that his character Britt Reid, the hotel room trashing son of a Los Angeles media mogul who becomes the Green Hornet superhero, was inspired by Paris Hilton and her heiress antics.
“We kind of based him off a male Paris Hilton, as embarrassing as that is to say,” Rogen said. “That is what we looked at — those people who are the sons or daughters of people who have accomplished great things. We probably give them a little more credit than they’ve gotten in the past, and we explore why they’re such jerks and why they act out. Maybe it’s because they didn’t get the attention they wanted.”
In the film, Reid’s constant, public shenanigans bring on the disapproval of his successful father, who, more than anything, is embarrassed by his son all over town. Ultimately, it’s his desire to please his father that causes his transformation into a do-gooder.
“We wanted to start out with a guy who was the last guy you would ever expect to be a superhero and slowly make that guy a hero instead of starting with a guy who’s already pretty morally centered, just doesn’t quite have the idea yet.”
Could this movie be a blueprint for Paris Hilton’s own metamorphosis into a masked crime fighter?
“She’s going to become a superhero,” Rogen joked. “I hope so.”
Check out the interview below: