Jon Hamm Versus Seth Rogen

20 04 2009

Jon Hamm Versus Seth Rogen

Welcome to “Jon Hamm Versus,” where we will take a look at possible contenders for the lead role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming film “The First Avenger: Captain America,” slated for release on July 22, 2011. Next up, Jon Hamm takes on funnyman Seth Rogen.

You can’t throw a rock into the crowded streets of Hollywood without hitting some shmuck talking about the new Seth Rogen movie coming out, or one of Seth Rogen’s favorite movies, or potential casting news regarding Seth Rogen. He’s part of the Judd Apatow crew, storming through Hollywood and changing the landscape of entertainment at every turn.

Now, I happen to like Seth Rogen as a writer, and as far as I know, Jon Hamm has not sold a successful screenplay. I like Seth Rogen as a performer, and while Jon has done his fair share of comedy, Rogen is face of comedy today. Rogen has the comedic timing and charm to pull off a leading man role, as his box office receipts have shown us. So as casting news for “The First Avenger: Captain America” heats up, Seth Rogen’s name will inevitably be tossed around.

Can Seth Rogen play Captain America? Should Seth Rogen play Steve Rogers? Do audiences want Seth Rogen behind the shield? No, No, and if they have any sense, No!

Everyone loves a shlubby everyman, but that’s an archetype that does not fit into the superhero mold. Seth Rogen might make a fun sidekick or even a snarky villain, but he’s no Steve Rogers. Captain America is the ultimate soldier, who with fights with heroism, confidence and unabashed patriotism. Captain America is the type of guy people look up to, the one they aspire to be but know they could never be. The bar is raised far higher than what anyone could reach. It’s pretty safe to say that if people wanted to be Seth Rogen, most of them figure they’d have a decent shot if they tried.

Finally, somehow, Seth Rogen already has already laid claim to a corner of the superhero market: The Green Hornet.

Jon Hamm wins!