It shocks me that "90210" and "Superbad" are technically considered part of the same genre. It was as much TV shows as movies that made us feel under-represented. No part of me watched "90210" and thought, 'Yeah! that's what my life is like!' It seemed like a different planet. I mean, I like shitty movies as much as the next guy, I'm not a snob, but things like that had no guys like us in it - that was the point.
My mom's a social worker and my dad works in non-profit organizations. But they seem very radical in American terms, embracing a form of socialism that really doesn't even exist here. I mean, where I come from, communism is not a terrible word.
I guess what Judd Apatow is to me, is what Terrence Malick is to David Gordon Green. They're just good friends.
I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.
I couldn't say enough great things about him. He's the reason I'm not a homeless crack-head right now. - on Judd Apatow.
On writing and starring in "The Green Hornet": Nerds love complaining. You go to Ain't It Cool News, and everybody complains about everything. They could find out Jesus Christ was making a movie with Frank Miller, and they'd say, 'That's a terrible combination!
When I first moved to LA, I went out to meet with agencies, and one of them asked me what my goals were. I said "to be in a Kevin Smith movie". That goal has not changed.
[on appearing in "Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express"] You know, I never had a girlfriend before and I thought it would masculinize me. But it's actually done the opposite. Now I know about accent walls and the whole world of throw pillows.
Afterwards, Paul McCartney was in the room with us. There was a point where he was three feet away from me and all I kept thinking was, "If I run up and kick him in the crotch right now, I'll be the most famous man alive".
[on his appearance in "The Green Hornet"] The whole story of the movie is that Britt is an irresponsible idiot who's trying to get his life together to do something worthwhile. As an irresponsible idiot, I'm quite good.
I think Canadian comedy is a little darker in general. To me, 'Kids in the Hall' is just the benchmark, and it's very twisted and absurd.
[on performing comedy] Reality and honesty is the most important thing. As soon as it feels like we're making a joke where there wouldn't be one, then we don't do it.
[appearing with co-presenter Kate Beckinsale on the 2012 Golden Globes Awards] I am currently trying to conceal a massive erection.
[on working with Barbra Streisand] We both understand where the cameras are and how editing works, and I think that makes improvising a lot easier. We've both been on the other side of the camera in various ways, and that makes you a totally different actor. Once you've produced a movie, directed a movie, it makes you understand that a lot of things that actors do are obnoxious.
I think one of the biggest things [Barbra and I] have in common is that we both take our work seriously - and we both want to go home. A lot of people are more than happy to keep working and shooting, and you get no sense that they like it at home. I love working, and I want it to be as good as it can possibly be. But then I want to go home and spend time with my dog and my wife and watch television.
I don't preconceive. I've worked with a lot of people who people have told me are super-difficult, and I haven't found them to be difficult at all. I've also worked with people that people have said are easy, and I've hated them.
[on 'This is the End'] We made a list of our dream team, and called them all individually before we even wrote the script and told them about it. None of them were against being terrible versions of themselves.
Comedies get so much scrutiny [by studios] because everybody is an expert. But there was no scrutiny with the visual effects side of it, so they never asked to see how big the demon's dick was.
"The Green Hornet" was such a fucking nightmare when we were making it that it would have been a miracle if it turned into something that was in any way even presentable.
I think a very Canadian mentality is one of self-consciousness. Kind of apologising for yourself and not fully embracing what it is that you are.
In the best-case scenario and the worse-case scenario, a drama plays to a theatre of silent people. In a comedy, you can really tell when it's not working - it's not a mystery. You don't have to talk to your friends in the parking lot after.
[on "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"] It's a really filthy movie. I hear they are having some problems getting an R rating from an NC-17 rating, which is never good... They [fight against] sex stuff. Isn't that weird? It's really crazy to me that "Hostel" is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that, but you can't show two people having sex - that's too much.