Seth Rogen Watched ‘Cats’ for the First Time While High in Isolation
The current pandemic is without a doubt taking it's toll on everyone, with people turning to daytime tv and endless cups of coffee to try and get through self-isolation and remain sane. Netflix is starting to get less and less enticing after hacking away through box set after box set every day this week. But Seth Rogen has done something a little different, taking to twitter to document something hilarious while getting high, and people can't cope. Keep scrolling to find out more...
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
The deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
And in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Over 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
204,732, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 8,270 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
And many have been asking the same thing – Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
On December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
Many different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
The virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
Which was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
Because, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
Leaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
Our first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
Since the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 6,535 more confirmed cases across the country and 116 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
And, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
FYI… A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
Which prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.
And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it. But some people are doing what they can to feel normal during this pandemic.
Seth Rogen has treated his fans to something out of the ordinary.
While in isolation and high, he decided to live stream the Cats movie to all his followers.
Everyone knows how bizarre the movie is.
Whether you’ve watched it or not… you know.
It's based on the musical.
But one subtle difference is that the stage actors wore costumes, while the movie made actors into some sort of human-cat hybrid using CGI.
Now I'm all for testing the limits of modern cinema...
But it can get a little weird. Some cats have human-like curves and remain naked throughout the film, while others wear clothes.
Let's not even mention when they break out into song and dance.
Rogen aptly described the film as “truly trippy” and says even the most sober of viewers would agree, even though he admits to being “pretty stoned” at the time.
He decided to watch the film to keep himself entertained.
Although he feels that if anything the film just left him stressed and confused.
He began the Twitter thread by asking a pretty relatable question.
He wrote: “I’m pretty stoned and watching Cats. I’ve never seen the broadway show. It is truly trippy. Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is? They’ve said it 200,000 times but I don’t know what’s happening haha.”
To be fair if anyone says they know what one is... they're lying.
Apparently T.S. Elliot created the term when he noticed his niece call her “dear little cat” something that sounded like “Jellicle.”
I don't even think the creators knew what one was.
In the song The Jellicle Ball, it describes Jellicle cats as “black and white,” “rather small,” and “merry and bright.” But are later described as “moderately sized,” so who knows.
Rogen decided to add a little maths puzzle into the thread.
He pointed out that the scale of the set 2.5 times normal, which means the cats would be “like 60 pounds in real life.” I’m already baffled by the maths, so that’s pretty impressive coming from someone who’s stoned.
“These cats are like two feet tall in this world. That’s a huge f*cking cat.”
Rogen kept his followers up to date with his incredible thoughts throughout.
Writing: “Some cats in pants. Some no pants.” “Let’s make 35 nonsense songs introducing cats!” – The makers of cats.” “Jason Derulo’s feet don’t look like they’re touching the ground.” “Judi Dench is in a cat fur coat which I can only assume is socially APPALLING in this world.”
He soon turned his attention to more pressing matters.
Writing in clear frustration: “WHAT IS JELLICLE?!,!?” Followed by him pointing out the cats were wearing “white chuck taylors,” and asked if the characters “commissioned little chucks from the cat shoemaker.”
“How many times they say the word “cat” in this?” “Is the milk bar for humans??! For cats? Is this in Clockwork Orange world? Huh?” “Is magic cat a thing?” “Like why even make these actors show up on set? They’re playing cats.”
Eventually, the confusion got too much for Rogen.
He decided it was time to turn it off, and opted for 90 day Fiancé instead.
Although he made a quick jump back to the movie after discovering something important.
A Twitter user responded to someone else’s plea for information, writing: “A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats.”
This should never have been a thing.
Rogen took interest in the alternative version, sharing the tweet with his comment: “Release the Butthole Cut of Cats!!” I mean it would at least offer some distraction from what the hell a Jellicle cat really is. If you want to know about any other celebs that are self-isolating keep scrolling…