9 years Knocked Up was released and was an instant hit. It catapulted the careers of Judd Apatow and Seth Rogan. It helped Katherine Heigl successfully move from the small screen to the silver screen. Heigl was set until she bit the hand the fed her.
[Knocked up] is a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.
Heigl’s comments were not the best things to say about a movie that started your movie career but why does she need to backpedal or apologize? Robert Pattinson criticized Twilight the whole run of the franchise. Bill Murray said that he starred in Garfield by accident. David Cross said that Chipwrecked was the worst time of his life. Why does Heigl have to apologize for a comment made 9 years ago?
Seth Rogan went on Howard Sterns SiriusXM radio show on Monday and Katherine Heigl was brought up. Rogan was sweet with his answers and says that initially he saw the two of them the “sh– version of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.” He thought they had great chemistry together and he would have done dozens of movies with her.
“Then we just heard she didn’t like it and that it seemed like she didn’t have a good experience making it and that she didn’t feel the product was reflective of how she thought she should be portrayed. And when that happens, as someone who’s an egomaniac, I just get hurt by that.”
Rogan says he felt betrayed about her comments saying that he was hurt. Heigl wasn’t necessarily talking about Rogan but he was personally hurt. Many were offended for him as well. Rogan made sure to add that he never received an an apology from her.
Heigl’s comments came about before gender discrimination was a real talking point in Hollywood and she got painted as ungrateful and difficult. Knocked Up is a funny movie but it is sexist. After her initial comments, she says that she only meant how she took the character wasn’t the best place and the filming experience was one of the best she had. Even though she takes most of the blame, Rogan and Hollywood feels that they need an official apology.
It is another example of weird Hollywood. One comment can end the career of a woman. Where as someone else can say the same comment and get forgiven again and again. Is it a gender issue? Is it because she spoke ill of Shonda Rhimes when leaving Grey’s Anatomy? It is most likely a mixture of all of the above.