Seth Rogen clarifies rumour that Emma Watson ‘stormed off’ the set of This Is the End

Actor disputed claim that on-set experience was ‘terrible ending’ to their working relationship

Adam White
Friday 26 March 2021 10:00
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Seth Rogen has clarified a long-standing rumour that Emma Watson “stormed off” the set of This Is the End.

The 2013 film saw Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride, along with stars including Watson and Rihanna, play heightened versions of themselves who experience the apocalypse while attending a Hollywood party.

During production, a Tumblr user who claimed to be an extra on the film alleged that Watson had walked off the set due to her discomfort over a scene that takes place towards the end of the movie.

The scene featured McBride embracing cannibalism, and a gimp mask-wearing Channing Tatum – playing himself – serving as his prisoner on a leash.

Asked whether the rumour that Watson “stormed off” the set was true, in a new profile for British GQ, Rogen clarified what occurred.

“I mean, I don’t look back on that and think, ‘How dare she do that?’ You know? I think sometimes when you read something, when it comes to life it doesn’t seem to be what you thought it was,” the actor and filmmaker explained.

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He continued: “It was not some terrible ending to our relationship. She came back the next day to say goodbye. She helped promote the film. No hard feelings and I couldn’t be happier with how the film turned out in the end.”

Emma Watson and Seth Rogen at the This Is the End premiere in 2013

Rogen also suggested that Watson’s instincts about the scene were correct, and that the finished cut of the scene was far tamer than what she had glimpsed on set.

“She was probably right,” he said. “It was probably funnier the way we ended up doing it.”

The Independent has reached out to Watson’s representative for comment.

A spokesperson for the former Harry Potter actor recently denied claims that she had retired from acting.

See the full feature in the May issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Thursday 1 April. 

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