In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Superbad, the cast and crew took part in an oral history interview with Vanity Fairduring which I learned an interesting fact about John Hill, namely, that he No was originally a fan of co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
“Jonah immediately hated him. He said, “It was fucking with my rhythm. I couldn’t perform with this guy,” Seth Rogan said. Judd Apatow added: “Jonah said, ‘I don’t like this guy. I don’t want him to do it.” And I said, “That’s why we hired him. It couldn’t be better. The fact that it bothers you is exactly what we want.” So when viewers see Seth getting mad at Fogell in “Superbad” – especially when his fake ID says he’s a 25-year-old organ donor named McLovin – it’s entirely possible that the annoyance comes from a real place.
Casting partner Dorian Frankel spoke about the choice of Mintz-Plasse. insider that she liked his non-stereotypical view of a silly teenager. Instead of playing the role of awkward, he was the center of attention. “Chris knew he had confidence, but he was also smug,” Frankel said. “He didn’t have any insecurities. I think it came naturally to him.”
Although Hill disagreed with Mintz-Plasse’s casting, it should be noted that Hill almost didn’t get the role of Seth. Since he was in his early 20s, he was nearly overtaken in favor of a younger actor. According to co-writer Evan Goldberg, despite being turned down roughly 100 times, it was eventually decided that Hill was best suited for the job.