Seth Rogen on playing a bald man in The Fabelmans

The actor was reluctant to shave his hairline for the role, but couldn’t say no to Steven Spielberg.

Seth Rogen landed one of Hollywood’s most coveted roles when he was cast in The Fabelmans as Bennie, a fictionalized version of Steven Spielberg’s father’s best friend. It’s a pivotal role in the director’s most personal film, but that doesn’t mean the entire experience was glamorous.

In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Rogen revealed that the honor of starring in Spielberg’s autobiographical film came with an embarrassing foster request.

Rogen recalled that before his first day of shooting, Spielberg asked him to change his appearance. “I want you to trim your hairline back to make it appear like you’re going to be a lot balder than you actually are,” Rogen recalled the director’s words.

Rogen was understandably unenthusiastic about the request, but he wouldn’t argue with the man who directed Jaws.

“I was like, ‘Okay, that’s a big deal for me, but how do you say no to Steven Spielberg?’ So of course I go back and do it, and for me it’s very drastic,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s all everyone’s going to be talking about.’ I’ll see everyone and they’ll be like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Unfortunately for the comedian, he ended up receiving the opposite reaction. People didn’t seem to notice the makeover, which made him realize everyone just thought he was losing his hair.

“Instead, I kept bumping into people I know and seeing them. And nobody said anything and that made me realize: I’m going bald for them!” he said. “I was already bald! It wasn’t a shift.”

Rogen was finally able to put up with the reaction of his friends and family. He explained that given all the famous actors who have actually lost their hair, being falsely perceived as bald is a relatively small problem.

“I work with a lot of actors who have more hair now in their career than they did when they started,” he said. “It’s a stressful double life that they lead as a bald actor pretending not to be bald.”

The Fabelmans is now in select theaters. It expands nationwide on Thanksgiving.

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Lindsay Lowe

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