Miss: Seth Rogen as an action star

We appreciate the trend in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="01000000045938" title="Action (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/action-%28genre%29-01000000045938.topic">action</a> films away from the musclebound lunkheads of the 1980s, but perhaps the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. In recent years we've seen Hollywood make action stars out of spindly welterweights <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003507" title="Keanu Reeves" href="/topic/entertainment/keanu-reeves-PECLB003507.topic">Keanu Reeves</a> and Shia LeBeouf, but this winter it attempted the near-impossible: creating an action star out of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005411" title="Seth Rogen" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/seth-rogen-PECLB005411.topic">Seth Rogen</a>. The guy who built his reputation on being an agreeable schlub who loved to smoke weed is light-years away from the ideal version of newspaperman-turned-crime-fighter Britt Reid (aka <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00000817" title="The Green Hornet (movie) " href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-green-hornet-%28movie%29--ENMV00000817.topic">"The Green Hornet"</a>). But filmmakers tried anyway. Though the film grossed $225 million worldwide, it received shoddy critical and audience reviews. Bring back the muscles!

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We appreciate the trend in action films away from the musclebound lunkheads of the 1980s, but perhaps the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. In recent years we've seen Hollywood make action stars out of spindly welterweights Keanu Reeves and Shia LeBeouf, but this winter it attempted the near-impossible: creating an action star out of Seth Rogen. The guy who built his reputation on being an agreeable schlub who loved to smoke weed is light-years away from the ideal version of newspaperman-turned-crime-fighter Britt Reid (aka "The Green Hornet"). But filmmakers tried anyway. Though the film grossed $225 million worldwide, it received shoddy critical and audience reviews. Bring back the muscles!

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