I have a lot of goofball ideas, but I think this one's got something.
I don't know if it's just me, but Seth Rogen seems insanely familiar, and I mean that in a way pertaining to his sense of humor and the projects he's been lucky enough to have hooked into. But I also mean in a Jewish way. I feel like he looks like eight people I know and possibly went to camp with. He grew up in Canada and is a few years younger than I am, so it's not likely. But that doesn't stop it from seeming true.
And there was that "Munich" scene within "Knocked Up," that I wrote about before (more than once, actually), which landed a discussion of Jewish identity and pride in Israel's reaction to terrorists in the middle of a movie about a one-night stand. And now there's this throwaway line in a New York Times interview with Rogen and co-writer of Superbad Evan Goldberg:
"They say going to Israel is crazy because everyone has a machine gun. It’s really not that different from here when every security guard has a large weapon in the parking lot of the grocery store."
Seth Rogen is 25. That means there's one more year for him to go on birthright israel. Come on...the guy is totally begging for it. Maybe it's time for a young Hollywood trip to the Holy Land. Most of them can already afford to pay their way, but might not be inclined to plan the trip. That's where birthright comes in...
Can you imagine? Everyone from that "Munich" scene should be on that tour bus, going to meet with former Mossad members, visiting the Knesset, climbing Masada, and putting notes in the Kotel.
Sure, Zach Braff is way too old. (Sorry, Zach...me too.) Natalie Portman was born there and is likely ineligible (if not because of her experiences there then because she's almost too old), but I've got a solution. Natalie can be a madrichah (counselor). And Zach can go along as designated videographer--he'll direct "Hollywood birthright: the Movie", and be the musical supervisor for the soundtrack.
Tell me this is not the best idea ever.
What? You want me to go along, so I can blog the whole thing? Oh man, if I have to...