During the press conference for Zack and Miri Make A Porno, a very enthusiastic cast made it clear that this is a film to run out and see on opening weekend. The talent piled in and told their views on Zack and Miri, past and future projects and Kevin Smith.

We sat with Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Katie Morgan and Ricky Mabe. Everyone seemed pretty enthusastic about being there, Katie Morgan joked about this being her first mainstream press event and Traci Lords was videotaping us interviewing the cast. If she thinks she can turn the tables like that, well she can think again. I digress. Questions were fielded cleanly by the talent and replies were quick to the punch, possibly giving an indication of what to expect on screen from the newest Kevin Smith film.

Seriousness was at a minimum, as questions like “what is your favorite porn genre” were fielded by Rogen and company. Rogen laughed and said “what a weird question,” then followed up after the laughter with “…Gonzo POV.” The cast was open about their thoughts, and didn’t hesitate at making jokes about their beloved director Kevin Smith. Rogen joked about the film’s script and Smith’s obvious grasp on the porn genre by saying that he thought Smith might have written the script with one hand. Another bit of candor came when Jason Mewes, more famous for his role of Jay opposite Silent Bob, was asked if it was different being directed by Smith and not playing Jay, “No, it wasn’t different at all.”

It was really refreshing to talk with Rogen, because I like many people are becoming pretty burnt out on seeing or hearing him in so many films in such a short period of time. So to find out that Rogen is actually a naturally funny guy and quick witted, gave me a reason to want to see him in more projects. Rogen himself addressed his repeated appearance in recent films by saying “I’ve tried to not set up anything more…I try and do good stuff.” I was more curious about how polarizing his roles have become, starring in raunchy R-rated comedies like Zack and Miri, Superbad, Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin but then taking voice roles in family films like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Horton Hears a Who and Kung Fu Panda. When asked about doing the voice work in family films he said “I actually do it in the nude…it’s not much different. Think about that the next time you watch The Spiderwick Chronicles!” I’d rather not, and now Rogen has officially ruined that film for me.

I love when you can talk to a cast or director and you can really feel their enthusiasm. It is infectious, their excitement makes you want to see the film even more. Personally I could have never pictured someone like Elizabeth Banks in a Kevin Smith film, she just seemed too sensible. What i found however, is that a director like Smith can embrace his cast and show them why they were chosen to be a part of the film. With a cast as fun as this, I am even more looking forward to Zach and Miri Make a Porno due out in October.

Stay tuned all this week as we bring you coverage from Comic-Con International. Not only will we be roaming the floor in search of love, but we will have the latest news Live from Hall H, great interviews with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars and random convention shenanigans, courtesy of our Comic-Con Attack Squad! To keep tabs on all of the happenings, just head over to our Comic-Con 2008 Homepage.


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