Seth Green tells how he escapes celebrity woes

Seth Green hits the big screen tomorrow in "The Identical." But what's his mind on now? Philly fare.
Seth Green hits the big screen tomorrow in "The Identical." But what's his mind on now? Philly fare.
Posted: September 05, 2014

MY LAST question after every interview I do is a simple one: Is there anything you'd like to add? Seth Green, the actor and Philly native, whimpered: "I miss Philly food."

His voice filled with the sadness of a man who can longer get a cheesesteak made correctly whenever he wants.

Green, who can still do a sick impersonation of a Philly accent, will hit the big screen tomorrow when he stars in "The Identical," about a set of twins separated at birth. One becomes an Elvis Presley-esque rock star, while the other (the focus of the movie) becomes an impersonator of his long-lost brother.

Green plays the best friend and drummer of the namesake identical. Green said he has the luxury of being picky with his onscreen roles ("I've been smart with my savings," he said, a rarity among former child stars), but he felt a kinship with the part, noting that actors and musicians share an intimacy with their audiences that allows their fans to have a familiarity with them.

"I'm really approachable, thank goodness. I've worked with plenty of movie stars. I did a movie ["The Italian Job"] with Mark Wahlberg and we went for drinks once and all these guys were mad-dogging him. They wanted to fight him! He was like, 'I just want to drink,' " Green said.

"I always want to play the funny best friend. The worst thing they want to do is high-five me or drunkenly pick me up. No one is trying to pick fights with me."

Coffee break

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren needs his coffee. His favorite kind? Philly's own La Colombe. The New York Times' T Magazine reports that Lauren asked La Colombe to whip up custom blends of espresso, drip and decaf for Ralph's Coffee, the cafe inside his massive Manhattan Polo flagship spot.

Philly guy gets 'Naked'

Mikey P., a veteran of reality shows like "From G's to Gents" and "American Ninja Warrior," will bare all for VH1's much-buzzed about "Dating Naked," in which two potential lovebirds go on their first date completely in the nude. (What's that I smell? Is it fire and brimstone?) P's episode airs tonight at 9. Mikey will also host a viewing party so people can check out his blurry bits. It's at the Bamboo Bar (927 N. Delaware Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. Reality luminaries, such as Ronnie and Pauly D of "Jersey Shore," among others, will be there.

It's a 'Rewrap'

Rodney Murillo, culinary director of Davio's (111 S. 17th St.), will be a contestant on "Rewrapped," the Food Network show hosted by part-time Philly resident Marc Summers and former 'NSync-er Joey Fatone, where amateur cooks try to re-create classic treats (think Tastykakes) and then are tasked with creating a recipe out of said treats. Murillo's episode is called "Ho Ho You Didn't," so it's safe to assume Ho Hos are the snack of choice. "Rewrapped" airs Monday at 8 p.m.

WURD up

Congrats to Daily News columnist Solomon Jones, who is the new morning man at WURD-900 AM. Jones, who started on Tuesday, replaces Phil Allen, a/k/a Phil from Mount Airy. Jones already scored one coup, asking embattled Rep. Chaka Fattah about his role in an illegal $1 million 2007 campaign loan.

* In other radio news, Mark Razz of 92.5 WXTU was nominated for the Country Music Awards' Broadcast Personality of the Year award. WXTU is the reigning champ in the category. The Doc and Andie Show won last year.

'Weight' for it

Hey, heavy honeys. A new show called "Weight for Love" is looking to cast chubby couples with 100 pounds to lose. I hear NBC is currently eying the series. There's an open casting call in Philly on Sept. 13 at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to weightforlovecasting.com for more info.

Bathroom break

Kennett Square's Longwood Gardens has received quite the honor. The botanical garden's bathroom is a finalist for Cintas' America's Best Restroom contest. To vote, got to bestbathroom.com.

Merlino's joint

Yesterday, I asked you to help name Joey Merlino's rumored Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant. Some of my faves included: The Chef's Table Far from the Window ( Paul Frasier), Crookbinders ( Joey Sweeney), Legitimate Social Club ( Dan McQuade) and Redemption ( Ralph Scholl).


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