Changeland director and star Seth Green explains the unique process behind the creation of each episode of his long-running series Robot Chicken, now in its tenth season, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Green joked that he’d always wanted to appear on his show and Colbert (a confirmed nerd) said that he was a huge fan of Robot Chicken. Green explained how he and best friend Macaulay Culkin, who also stars in Changeland, met on the set of 2003’s Party Monsters. Monsters tells the story of rise and fall of the infamous New York City party promoter Michael Alig.
Changeland is Green’s directorial debut, a new comedy-drama that’s far more contemplative than one might expect from Green.
In the movie, Brandon (played by Green), is facing an existential crisis: whether to fight for his marriage or to end it. After planning a surprise second honeymoon to Thailand, he discovers on the eve of their getaway that his wife is cheating on him.
Changeland which Green also wrote, is a small film in which everyone is nice, not many surprises happen, and the main character’s inaction throughout will either hit home personally or grate your nerves. Brandon doesn’t do much of anything except exist, so it’s his buddy Dan — and by extension, the naturally charming Meyer — who must give the movie its energy.
While Green is a household name today, his life changed forever in the late 90s and early 2000s with roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Austin Powers in Goldmember. The rise of Austin Powers is an interesting story after not many people saw it in theaters.
Green told CBS News, “Austin Powers came at a time when people didn’t go to see it in theaters, but everyone sort of made it their own.”
“Everyone owned it, shared it, and watched it a bunch. It’s become such a cultural touchstone. I love Mike Meyers and watched him on SNL and Wayne’s World and I’ve always thought of him as a brilliant talent. When I heard about this project, you just never know. I’m like it’s a parody of James Bond, is this good? When we got on set and the actual sets were so cool and we saw the tone within the takes, I thought this could be something. When I saw the first cut of the movie, I was like this was brilliant.”
Watch Stephen Colbert’s chat with Green below.