Speaking to GQ for a new cover feature, the actor, comedian, screenwriter and director expressed regret over offensive humour in big screen outings like Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin – and spoke about evolving with the times.
“I think if you actually care, then it’s easy. We do not want people to feel bad when they’re watching our movies,” he said. “I’ve had people come up to me and be like, ‘That made me feel like shit when I was in the movie theatre and everyone was laughing about that.’
“Like the ‘How I know you’re gay’ thing [from The 40-Year-Old Virgin], it’s something people have been like, ‘It’s not fun to be in the theatre when people are laughing at that, knowing what they’re probably actually laughing at.’
“And I don’t want anyone to have that experience watching our movies.”
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 21, 2019
Back in 2016, Seth admitted that his 2007 comedy film Superbad was filled with homophobic jokes that he regrets writing.
“There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times,” he said.
“They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that. But I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamorising that type of language in a lot of ways.”