Seth Rogen joined the cast of the upcoming Hulu series Pam & Tommy as Rand Gauthier, but who is the real-life figure Rogen plays? Seth Rogen recently went viral after posting a nearly unrecognizable picture of himself with no beard, no glasses, and a curly mullet in costume for his role in Pam & Tommy. Not only is Rogen starring in a main role, but he was also instrumental in developing the series and getting it to Hulu.
Rogen began his career as a television actor in the short-lived ‘90s series Freaks & Geeks. Since then, Seth Rogen has produced and starred in a variety of successful comedy movies like Pineapple Express, Superbad, and Neighbors. He and frequent collaborator James Franco got into international hot water after the release of their controversial comedy The Interview, where the duo’s characters are sent to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. More recently, Rogen produced and voiced a character in the Amazon Original comic-book series Invincible.
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Pam & Tommy will star Lily James and Sebastian Stan in the series documenting the turbulent marriage between model Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The series is set in 1995, right at the time Anderson and Lee’s infamous sex tape was released. Seth Rogen will play Rand Gauthier, the former porn actor who became an electrician, and, after installing a studio and security system for Lee, stole and released the tape. Taylor Schilling will also star opposite Rogen in Pam & Tommy in the role of Rand Gauthier’s wife and pornographic actress Erica Gauthier.
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s marriage was a well-known cultural phenomenon in the ‘90s and only became more bizarre when Lee’s electrician, the aforementioned Rand Gauthier, decided to humiliate the rocker and make some fast cash after Lee fired him and never paid for his services. Gauthier designed a heist where, under the guise of returning to collect his tools, he stole Lee’s refrigerator-sized safe holding the couple’s jewels and guns, later discovering it also contained their sex tape.
Gauthier then used his contacts from the porn industry to make several copies of the sex tape and, with help from friend Milton Ingley, devised to sell them online at about $60 apiece. Gauthier never actually made any money from the distribution, however, and the story only got weirder from there. Since he never found a proper distributor for the sex tape, he ended up owing money to the mob instead.
Seth Rogen’s comedic talents will likely be tapped into to enact Gauthier’s failed heist. Rogen has played some diverse roles in the past, but a former porn-star-turned-electrician-turned-blackmailer for Pam & Tommy will be arguably the strangest one to add to his portfolio. While Rogen’s character won’t be the focus of Pam & Tommy, his instigation of their tumultuous media scandal and personal troubles will make for an exciting plotline.
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