In a Thursday interview with the audiovisual clubthe actor — who is known for his massive involvement in comedy with popular movies like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” — said the film shows he has a more introspective side than viewers realize.
“We found a way to make it deeply personal,” he said.. “It’s a teen movie, we put a lot of our own feelings – of awkwardness and insecurity and a desire to belong and be accepted and all that – into the film.”
“And while I sit down with the other people who work there,” he added, “I’m like, ‘We found a way to care about that’, which is great.
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise debuted in comic book form in 1984, which was later adapted into several anime television series and several live-action movies.
The new big-screen reboot will mark the seventh feature film about quirky, pizza-eating heroes Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo.
Rogen announcement in 2020 that he would produce the project. In August, the Canadian-American star made its debut its title, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”, and its release date on Twitter along with a photo of a vibrant mural.
Taking inspiration from the style of one of the most recent television series, the upcoming project will also be computer-animated, according to Variety.
“As a lifelong Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, strangely, the ‘Teenage’ part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always been the part that stuck with me the most,” Rogen said at the time. He added that “the idea of focusing on that element was really exciting” as a “starting point for the film”.
Despite his reputation as a comedian, the Golden Globe nominee recently opened up about another romantic project he’s been involved with this year: “The Fabelmans,” directed by Steven Spielberg.
“It’s very directly based on his life and pretty much everything that happens in the movie is something that happened to him,” the star said of the drama.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” – produced by Point Gray Pictures, Rogen’s production company and Nickelodeon Animation Studio – is slated for release on August 4.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.