In The Fabelmans, Seth Rogen plays Bennie Loewy, a colleague of Burt’s who acts like a cool uncle to the Fabelman kids while secretly having an affair with Mitzi. This is the first time Rogen has starred in a Steven Spielberg-directed film, but it won’t be the first time the two have crossed paths. In fact, Rogen credits Spielberg with indirect responsibility for launching his career.
Speaking to ‘Entertainment Tonight’, Rogen said: “In a way my career is entirely due to Steven Spielberg because DreamWorks produced ‘Freaks and Geeks’ which was the first thing I ever did.” Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks in 1994 with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg – who spun off DreamWorks Animation into their own company in 2004.
The Fabelmans is certainly a departure from the stoner comedies that Rogen is known for. Spielberg, who doesn’t use drugs, offered a unique take on Rogen’s filmography – most notably “Superbad” – at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. “Since I’ve never been stoned, I don’t see them as stoner movies,” Spielberg said. “I see them as films about a police officer who gives solid, informed advice to an impressionable person” (via Variety).