How does one comprehend the incomprehensible? Taking a best friend’s cancer, subsequent battle and then full healing and making it into a movie to inspire millions is one way. Seth Rogen stars and Will Reiser writes the screenplay in 50/50, the true story of Reiser’s battle for his life.
Reiser, Rogen and his co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt gathered and had an intimate and very personal chat about the struggle that lies at the heart of Reiser’s true life and the story of 50/50.
50/50 is an astounding film and it is a must-see when it arrives in theaters September 30. The story is told with such sensitivity, seriousness and silliness, reflective of life itself.
Rogen found making the movie a must for him and his best friend Reiser to not only chronicle what they went through with Reiser’s cancer, but also to take a terrible situation, make sense of it and simultaneously share it with the world in hopes of inspiring.
“We worked with Will on Da Ali G Show, and it was shortly after that we learned he was sick. As shocking, sad, confusing and generally screwed up as it was; we couldn’t ignore that because we were so ill-equipped to deal with the situation, funny things kept happening,” Rogen said. “Will got better, and when he did, we thought the best way to pull something good out of the situation was to get him to write a screenplay. Ideally we wanted to make a film that would be as funny, sad, and hopefully as honest as the experience we went through. As soon as the script was completed, it quickly became a passion project for all of us. It helped us come to terms with Will’s struggle as well as our own experiences.”
50/50 stars Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as best friends whose life suddenly grinds to a halt when Gordon-Levitt receives a cancer diagnosis that comes with a survival rate of 50/50, thus the impeccable title.
Sit back and enjoy the inspiring discussion of Reiser and Rogan as well as Gordon-Levitt as they take Movie Fanatic readers inside 50/50. Warning, the vid is a little NSFW with a few adult words!