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“You want to make a movie about fightin’ robots?”: Seth Rogen Stopped Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street Co-Star from Joining Mark Wahlberg’s Transformers Franchise

Seth Rogen Stopped Leonardo DiCaprio's Wolf of Wall Street Co-Star from Joining Mark Wahlberg's Transformers Franchise

The Transformers series is a standout success in cinema. Originally a children’s cartoon from the 1980s, it has been transformed into a massive franchise by the powerhouse duo of Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay.


However, beneath the layers of CGI robots and epic battles lies a complex network of potential casting choices that could change the course of an actor’s entire career. One actor who almost got cast was Jonah Hill. However, Seth Rogen greatly influenced Hill’s decision to join the franchise.

The Unexpected Choice For The Transformers Franchise


Transformers originated as a line of innovative toys in the early 1980s. They quickly grew in popularity, becoming cultural icons and beloved animated characters in the ongoing battle between good and evil.

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Hollywood took notice, and in 2007, Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay brought the transforming machines to the big screen, creating a global sensation. This move ignited a global billion-dollar franchise and proved that these films were not just high-octane entertainment.

As the series progressed, it started pulling in some of the most significant names from the glittering lanes of Hollywood. Notable mentions include the hunky Mark Wahlberg, the indomitable Frances McDormand, and the iconic John Malkovich.

In the earlier days of the Transformers franchise, the focus was on everyday heroes rather than big-name actors like Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Shia LaBeouf’s sincere performance epitomized this era.


At that time, Jonah Hill, who was riding high on the success of Superbad, was considered for a role in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This opportunity had the potential to alter Hill’s career path completely.

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Seth Rogen’s Game-Changing Advice

Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen

Many people know Seth Rogen’s close friendship with Jonah Hill and their collaborations on various comedic films. However, few know Rogen was vital in advising Hill behind the scenes.  When rumors began circulating about Hill’s potential involvement in the Transformers sequel, as revealed in an interview with The New York Times, Seth Rogen provided wise counsel to his best pal.


“You want to make a movie about fightin’ robots? Make your own movie about fightin’ robots,”

Seth Rogen’s words carried significant weight. He suggested that Hill had reached a point in his career where he didn’t need to accept the first blockbuster project that came his way, even if it was from someone as prominent as Steven Spielberg.

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Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill

Despite being drawn to such an offer, Hill openly acknowledged the difficulty of turning down a request from Spielberg. Ramon Rodriguez replaced Hill in a role that Hill was being considered for. At the same time, Hill accepted a role in Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum sequel, which his fans got to see.


The question is whether this was a missed opportunity or a lucky escape. However, Hill’s subsequent career shows that Seth Rogen’s advice was sound. Hill took on various roles and received praise for his performances in movies like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. The actor’s ability to switch between comedic and dramatic roles established him as one of the most desirable actors of his generation.

Source: The New York Times

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Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.