Seth Rogen talks to Variety at Paramount rally

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Seth Rogen joined the Paramount picket line on Tuesday for the first time and made the same discovery that many picketers have made while marching in the sun.

“This sign gives me just enough shade if I hold it the right way,” said Rogen, whose writing credits include “Superbad” and the upcoming “Green Hornet.”

Rogen’s been out of town recently — mostly in Florida visiting his girlfriend’s family — but professed eagerness to demonstrate solidarity.

“We Jews are really union people,” he said. “As an actor, it’s fine not work for a few months, but it’s really a sacrifice to not write every day. But it’s the only way we can show the studios that we’re serious.”

More than two dozen pickets were on each of three lines at Paramount at mid-morning Tuesday as negotiations re-launched and temperatures began to soar.

“I drink water and Gatorade all day long,” said Bob Zeschin. “I’m not a kid anymore, so doing this for four hours really takes it out of me.”

Zeschin said the trial of picketing has been eased by the sense of community it’s provided, noting that he’s particularly enjoyed the red “Raleigh Fine Picketing” baseball caps supplied by Jhoni Marchinko (“Will & Grace”) and the morning coffee and pastries brought in by Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond). 

-D. McNary

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