Seth Rogen refused to get clicked with Paul Ryan: 'No way, man!'
The actor had the run in with the Republican heavyweight at an Alzheimer's summit organized by Mitt Romney
Seth Rogen is not someone who will refuse to take a selfie but things are different when that person is Paul Ryan. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor recalled the awkward run-in with Ryan earlier this month when he was invited to speak on Alzheimer's for a summit organized by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"Almost all of the attendees were Republican people," Seth, who is a Canadian and more or less on the Democrats' side, said.
"I'm OK with that, but I didn't know how I would react, honestly, to every situation."
One such situation arose which put Seth in his own words "into a bit of a pickle."
He told Colbert that he was approached by two teenagers who requested a photo. "And then they said, 'Our dad wants to meet you,' and I turned around and Paul Ryan was walking towards me," Seth told Stephen. "My whole body, puckered, as it were. I tensed up, and I didn't know what to do."
Seth then revealed that Paul came up to him and grabbed his hand and asked if they could click a picture together. "I look over and his kids are standing right there, expectantly," he said. "And I said, 'No way, man!'" However, this was not the end of their awkward encounter. "I couldn't stop," he recalled. "I said, 'Furthermore, I hate what you're doing to the country at this moment and I count the days until you no longer have one iota of the power that you currently have.'"
Unfortunately, Ryan's sons happened to be witness to this. I look over and his kids are still standing right there and I feel very conflicted about this at this moment," he said. "It's not their fault but, at the same time, they should probably learn that if they like a movie or song, the person who made that probably doesn't like their dad that much unless they're watching Roseanne reruns or something like that."
Even though Seth did not have anything nice to say about Paul, he sure did seem to like the kids. "His kids seem lovely," the actor said. Following this, many had criticized the actor for refusing a picture and to this, he tweeted, "Oh man. Now my TL is gonna be filled with virtue signaling snowflakes who are offended by my free speech."
Earlier in the interview, Seth also criticised President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. "This week Trump made prisons for kids, and Canada legalized recreational marijuana, he said.
This is not the first time the actor has spoken out against Trump. In 2017, he brought attention to how Donald Trump Jr. followed him on Twitter by tweeting to the president's son. "Please ask your dad to resign before he destroys the planet," he wrote and added "Thanks dude."