‘I am McLovin.’ The line is one of the most iconic to come from the comedy Superbad. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays Fogell in the film and hilariously presents his 25-year-old Hawaiian fake ID with one name to his friends, who patiently waited for his return. In the scene, Jonah Hill’s character is furious with Mintz-Plasse, and according to reports from Vanity Fairtheir relationship in Superbad isn’t far off from their real-world counterpart when the two first met.
Seth Rogen, who co-wrote and co-starred in Superbad, says Hill ‘hated’ Mintz-Plasse at first, saying, ‘I couldn’t perform with that guy.’
Hill: Chris was really, really amazing off the bat. And I think he was really annoying to me at that time.
Mottola [Director]: He played it like he was clearly the coolest guy in the room and everyone else was a nerd and a loser. He was Dean Martin instead of Jerry Lewis.
Mintz-Plasse: I was just, like, a scrawny kid. I was super stoked to be there. I had Seth and everyone sign my script because I didn’t think I was going to get the part.
Rogen: Jonah immediately hated him. He was like, ‘That was f*****g with my rhythm. I couldn’t perform with that guy.’
Apatow: Jonah said, ‘I don’t like that guy. I don’t want him doing it.’ And I said, ‘That’s exactly why we’re hiring him. It couldn’t be more perfect. The fact that it bothers you is exactly what we want.’
Jonah Hill and Mintz-Plasse’s dynamic in Superbad is arguably one of, if not the film’s highlight. Their chemistry, or lack thereof, perfectly encapsulates the tension between Hill’s character and his best friend, Evan, played by Michael Cera. It’s been 15 years since Superbad hit the big screen, and the film is still just as funny and relevant as it was in 2007.
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen Decided to Write Superbad at 13 Years Old
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen were relatively young when the idea for Superbad popped in their head, and it largely came from other films that were so bad that the duo decided they could make something better. Goldberg tells Vanity Fair ‘One day we saw a movie that we genuinely do not know the name of, that was so bad we were like “We could make a better movie than this!'” the writer says. ‘And then we went upstairs, into my sister’s bedroom, where the computer was, and we opened Word — because we didn’t know there were other options — and we started writing an awful first draft of Superbad.’
Seth Rogen says the film was inspired by their ‘desire to buy alcohol at the time,’ and the initial draft was close to the final product.
“It was fundamentally about the same idea. Essentially there was a party and the guys were trying to buy beer. It was inspired largely just by our desire to buy alcohol at the time. That was very true. We liked going to house parties. We had a ton of house parties at our high school for whatever reason. And it always was a challenge to get booze.”