Uptight over subverting stereotypes in the romantic comedy Long Shot

Seth Rogen (left) and Charlize Theron in Long Shot.
Seth Rogen (left) and Charlize Theron in Long Shot.PHOTO: ENCORE FILMS

Long Shot's Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron nettled when asked why films rarely show a plain Jane landing Prince Charming

In the romantic comedy Long Shot, Seth Rogen - Hollywood's go-to Everyman dork - once again plays an average Joe who romances an accomplished and beautiful woman, in this case, a powerful politician played by Charlize Theron.

But when The Straits Times asks the pair why movies so rarely orchestrate those improbable match-ups in reverse - with an average-looking woman matched with a man presumably out of her league - Theron loses her temper and Rogen gets defensive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline 'Uptight over subverting stereotypes'. Print Edition | Subscribe