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Trivia / An American Pickle

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  • Acting for Two: Seth Rogen plays both Herschel and Ben.
  • Channel Hop: HBO Max acquired distribution rights to the film from Sony Pictures in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic preventing a US theatrical release. It thus became the first Max Original film. It was still theatrically released in some countries such as the UK.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Rogen not being a fan of fake beards, grew a real one. He shaved it to shoot Ben’s scenes but he came up with a new 15 second scene, requiring Rogen to spend another 10 months to regrow it to shoot it.
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  • Fake Nationality: Seth Rogen is Canadian-American and plays the Eastern European Herschel. He also plays his fully American great-grandson Ben.
  • What Could Have Been: Rogen had doubts about playing two parts so he brought in Ike Barinholtz to read for Herschel and considered having him play the role.


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