‘Good Boys’ stars share what Seth Rogen taught them about comedy

Twelve years after coming-of-age comedy “Superbad” shot Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to superstardom, the creative duo introduced the new generation of comedic talent with the debut of “Good Boys” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., on Wednesday night.

“Working with people who aren’t jaded yet by years in Hollywood is always a good time,” Goldberg told Vaiety. “It’s nice to think we might be the ones who jade them,” Rogen chimed in, before producer James Weaver added, “We’re not going to have to deal with the jading, unless there’s a sequel, which I hope happens.”

Rogen and Goldberg produced the film, which follows three innocent tweens (Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon) as they go on an adventure to escape punishment and make a name for themselves among the popular crowd in the sixth grade — while armed with their parents’ sex toys. The friends, who call themselves “The Bean Bag Boys,” navigate the film as naively as any youngster could — with tons of cursing and ignorance toward the affairs of the opposite sex.

Though raunchy, the adults behind the R-rated film considered the innocence of their young stars when deciding just how far they could push the boundaries.

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TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the screening of 'Wonder' at The Hospital for Sick Children on November 20, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends 2017 Media Access Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lucianna Faraone Coccia/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the premiere of Lionsgates's' 'Wonder' at Regency Village Theatre on November 14, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the screening of 'Wonder' at The Hospital for Sick Children on November 20, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Jacob Tremblay arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Wonder' at Regency Village Theatre on November 14, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actors Jacob Tremblay (L) and Owen Wilson attend the Premiere of Liongate's 'Wonder' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 14, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Presenter Jacob Tremblay speaks onstage to announce the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy during the 2017 NHL Awards & Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 31: Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay attends the Premiere of Odysseo by Cavalia on January 31, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 'Burn Your Maps' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 15, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 'Burn Your Maps' press conference during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 15, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 07: Actor Jacob Tremblay arrives at WE Day California at The Forum on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 07: Jacob Tremblay walks the WE Carpet at WE Day California 2016 at The Forum on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Actor Jacob Tremblay poses in the press room at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Actor Jacob Tremblay poses at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards Portrait Studio at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Jacob Tremblay poses in the press room at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Jacob Tremblay arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Jacob Tremblay arrives at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay arrives at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: 73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor Jacob Tremblay arrives to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Every scene, we would look at and ask, ‘Oh, is this making us laugh?’ because we didn’t want to have swearing for swearing’s sake. They’re kids,” writer and producer Lee Eisenberg explained to Variety. “Even as we edited the movie…we had some of that where it just felt kind of unnecessary. It didn’t feel like that was the best version of it. We really wanted the kids to feel really sweet and innocent while we were throwing them into these adult situations.” 

And the movie reflects the time that we’re in,” Goldberg added. “And in this time, don’t call girls skanks. It’s not cool. It never was, it turns out.”

Tremblay (who stars as Max), Williams and Noon absolutely proved themselves to be just as sweet as their “Good Boys” characters while strolling down the red carpet, beaming with excitement. “This is one of those movies where I love to go and see the audiences’ reactions to all the jokes. They’ll be laughing so so hard and that just brings me such joy,” 12-year-old Tremblay told Variety.  

Noon (Thor) credited Rogen with helping the trio take their acting to the next level and bring the laughs, teaching them a thing or two about improvisation.

Seth is such a top-tier actor. Everyone knows who Seth Rogen is,” he said. “I feel like [improv] is a very important skill in different genres, not just comedy; drama, romance, everything, action.” Williams (who plays Lucas) added, “I love improving now. I would say 90% of the movie is improv.”

On being named as a mentor for the kids, Rogen responded, “Woah. That’s truly a horrifying thing to hear. I specifically did not try to teach them anything but I would say that’s very nice, very flattering, and maybe a failure on their parents’ part.”

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FREAKS AND GEEKS -- Season 1 Gallery -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Rogen as Ken Miller, Jason Segel as Nick Andopolis, Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, and James Franco as Daniel Desario -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) David Krumholtz, Will Reiser and Seth Rogen (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: Actor Seth Rogen arrives at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Seth Rogen poses at 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' photocall during the 31st American Deauville Film Festival. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: Actress Jane Lynch (L) and actor Seth Rogen arrive at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Seth Rogen attends The Universal Pictures Premiere of Forgetting Sarah Marshall at Graumans Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2008 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actor Seth Rogen and date Lauren at the world premiere of 'You, Me and Dupree' in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Seth Rogen arrives at GQ Celebrates 2007 'Men Of The Year' at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on December 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 02: Actor Seth Rogen poses at the photocall for the film 'Knocked up'during the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival on september 02, 2007 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 13: Writer/Producer Seth Rogen and Producer Judd Apatow attend the premiere of Superbad at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 13: Producer Shauna Robertson, actors Emma Stone, Martha Macisaac, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, director Greg Motola, actors Michael Cera, Aviva, executive producer Seth Rogen and producer Judd Apatow arrive to the premiere of 'Superbad' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO - JULY 28: (L-R) Director/actor/producer Seth Rogen, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill arrives at the San Diego Comic Con 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 28, 2007 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3378 -- Pictured: Actress Jessica Alba and actor Seth Rogen during an interview on June 4, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Seth Rogen on location filming 'Funny People' on November 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Seth Rogen appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'How Do You Know' at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2010 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
US actor, screenwriter and producer Seth Rogen poses for photographers during a photo-call for the movie 'Green Hornet' by French director Michel Gondry, in Berlin on December 3, 2010. The movie will be released in Germany on January 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actors Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler attend The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco after party at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Jonah Hill (L) and roast master Seth Rogen onstage during The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Actor Seth Rogen enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Writers/directors Evan Goldberg (L) and Seth Rogen introduce the screening of Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' at Cinefamily on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Seth Rogen attends the premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Cast members Seth Rogen (L) and Paul Rudd pose at the premiere for the movie "Sausage Party" in Los Angeles, California U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Seth Rogen poses at the premiere for the movie "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" in Los Angeles, U.S., May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Executive producer Seth Rogen at Hulu's 'Future Man' Press Line duirng Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Executive Producer Seth Rogen attends Film Independent at LACMA's special screening of 'Preacher' at Bing Theatre At LACMA on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Before heading into the theater, Rogen made a quick statement regarding Universal’s recent cancellation of “The Hunt” release amid controversy surrounding the film, including a critical tweet from President Donald Trump. Rogen can relate; in December 2014, Sony effectively canceled the theatrical release of his film “The Interview” following threats from hackers linked to North Korea (the film went on to be released digitally).

“It sucks when an evil world leader gets your movie canceled,” the actor said.

“Good Boys” is in theaters on Aug. 16.

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