What do you get when you hire a free-spirited (and slightly immature) journalist as the speech writer for one of the most influential female politicians in America? Comedic gold.
Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron
May 3, 2019
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are the unlikely duo we never knew we needed. In Long Shot, Theron brings a powerful edge to her smart and sophisticated role of U.S. secretary of state Charlotte Field, while Rogen (journalist Fred Flarsky, whom Charlotte used to babysit) is his hilarious and unconventional signature self. When she hires him to spruce up her speeches and an unexpected romance blooms, it’s the perfect case of opposites attract.
The two prove that sometimes it’s the most improbable pairings that make for the best couples — both on and off screen.
Seth Rogen: The surprising romantic lead
The Canadian actor and former stand-up comedian cut his teeth on roles like the underachieving burnout and the immature buddy. In films such as Pineapple Express and This Is The End, he’s mixed that awkward comedic timing with a side of cringeworthy physical humour, popularizing him as a fresh, rough-around-the-edges comedic voice. As much as he is known for ridiculous romps in comedies like The Interview, Rogen has also taken swings at more dramatic fare (Funny People) and as the unlikely hero (The Green Hornet). That ability to experiment with tone and dig deep into emotional moments makes him an ideal — albeit unconventional — romantic lead, and his relatability, awkwardness and unassuming charm are the perfect romcom trifecta. Look no further than Knocked Up or Zack and Miri Make a Porno for proof.
Related: Listen to writers Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling talk about their screenplay for Long Shot
Charlize Theron: What can’t she do?
Theron’s 2003 transformation into serial killer Aileen Wuornos for Monster was so haunting it landed her an Oscar. The performance solidified her as one of Hollywood’s top dramatic A-listers, and she continued to wow us with a spectrum of action flicks and deeply flawed, serious characters in films like Atomic Blonde, North Country and Tully. While you may not instantly associate Theron with comedy, a deeper look at her resumé shows she’s flexed her comedic chops many times over. Thanks to stints on TV (Arrested Development and The Orville) and films (A Million Ways to Die in the West and Young Adult), Theron has proven just how many notes she can hit, making us laugh and cry in equal parts. Long Shot is just the latest movie to showcase the impressive actor’s wide-ranging skill set.
The perfect pairing
Rogen’s wild, anti-establishment journalist is the ultimate foil to Theron’s driven, perfectionist presidential candidate. As he teaches her to let go, unwind and throw the rules out the window, she helps him grow in his career and realize the political realities they’re up against. While the two start off trying to change each other, they ultimately help balance one another, accepting their differences as they embark on an improbable working and romantic relationship. Their acting styles heighten every comedic beat, delivering funny, complimentary performances that make for a seriously entertaining watch.
Long Shot is the perfect date movie for comedy lovers.
If you’re looking for laughs with your special someone (or that new person in your life), Long Shot guarantees funny moments you can share. The chemistry between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron will remind you that no matter how different you and your partner may be, love will find a way.