Monday, August 6, marked the 10-year anniversary of the release of the stoner comedy classic Pineapple Express, and to commemorate the film’s 10th birthday, Seth Rogen — the star and writer of the movie — tweeted out a bunch of little-known fun facts about the film’s production.
In an epic 20-or-so Tweet thread, Rogen revealed all sorts of juicy behind-the-scenes details, including but not limited to:
- “Me and my co-writer Evan had to roll all the cross joints needed to film (about 100) ourselves because nobody else on the crew could roll them properly.”
- “There was NO strain of weed called Pineapple Express when we made the movie. We said ‘if one day, people are out there selling weed called Pineapple Express, it worked’. “
- “Throughout the fight scene in Red’s house in Pineapple Express, I broke my finger and Danny McBride got his head cracked open when Franco hit him with the bong.”
- “Originally, Red killed Matheson with a Ford Fiesta, but Ford didn’t want their car involved in a movie murder so we had to change it to a Daewoo Lanos, which is ultimately much funnier I think.”
- Red was originally supposed to die the first time he was shot when he was tied up in his apartment, but we thought Danny Mcbride was so funny that we just kept bringing him back to life.
Not wanting to let Rogen have all the fun, Judd Apatow, the 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up director who produced Pineapple Express, dropped in from the clouds to provide arguably the most interesting tidbit of all: that Bryan Cranston — Walter White himself — auditioned for the role of the drug dealer Ted Jones.
“I’ve got one. Bryan Cranston auditioned. He may have even read at a table read and I said “I don’t think he seems scary enough to seem like a real drug dealer.” If he did PE maybe the Breaking Bad people would have said, “not him, he always plays drug dealers.”
And based on his reaction, it appears that the near-Cranston-casting was news to Seth Rogen, too: