First Look At Seth Rogen’s Dual Roles In ‘An American Pickle’

The global pandemic has forced a few studios to make hard choices about some of the movies they planned to open in theaters. In the case of Sony, they decided to unload Seth Rogen comedy An American Pickle on HBO Max, with the content-starved streamer now revealing the first images of the actor in dual roles.

An American Pickle‘s odd name comes from one of the characters Rogen plays in the film, immigrant Herschel Greenbaum, who in the 1920s falls into a vat of pickles and remains brined for 100 years. Released into the present, Herschel connects with his great-grandson, an app developer.

In the images released via USA Today, we see Rogen looking a lot like the lovable goog we’re accustomed to on one hand…and a lot like himself with a beard and some old-timey clothes as the other. But as far as the character goes, Rogen says it’s a chance for him to stretch out as an actor…

“I’m actually not incredibly incapable physically, but every character I’ve ever played is a disaster,” said Rogen. “Herschel might be the first time I played someone who runs normally and beats the (expletive) out of people.”

An American Pickle is directed by Brandon Trost and co-stars Sarah Snook, Jorma Toccone, and Maya Erskine. HBO Max will debut the film on August 6th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.