Six years ago, screenwriter Will Rieser was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 and shortly after a major surgery, his best friend, actor Seth Rogen took him to the movies.
“I went up to the ticket guy and said, ‘My friend just got cancer. He just had surgery and he can’t wait in this huge line-up for Batman Begins,’ ” Rogen recalled at a press conference for the film.
“We got in for free and we skipped the line. That was more of the tone of the way we would deal with it …we never really got emotional. I never sat Will down and tried to delve into what he was feeling or thinking. It was always the joking side of it.”
Rieser took the “joking side” of his experiences and wrote 50/50, a comedy which stars Seth Rogen alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a 27-year-old nice guy who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The film, which screens at the Toronto International Film Festival, is directed by Jonathan Levine and also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as an unsympathetic girlfriend and Anna Kendrick as a novice therapist.
Gordon-Levitt was not present at the event — he’s on his way in a car, the journalists were told. Here are some highlights from the press conference:
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