Like so many others, he worked remotely, taking calls about film projects 9 to 5. Other than that, it’s been lots of streaming (“The Office,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), lots of pot and lots of tweeting.
Mr. Rogen began to trend on Twitter when he squared off in a much-publicized flame war with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that went on for days following Inauguration Day, suggesting that Mr. Cruz was fit for admiration only “if you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly,” along with various obscenities.
When Senator Cruz later tweeted that Mr. Rogen behaved online like “a Marxist with Tourette’s,” Mr. Rogen responded that he did have “a very mild case” of the syndrome, but he certainly did not back down. Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to tell off a famous stranger in this manner, Mr. Rogen said — “but now, thank God, I can do it. People are always like, ‘You’re like that on Twitter, but if you met him face to face you wouldn’t do that.’ And that is very not true. I would one hundred percent tell Ted Cruz to” … cover your ears, kids!
Mr. Rogen joked on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last April that he had been “self-isolating since 2009.”
Mr. Goldberg, a friend since elementary school in Vancouver who speaks with him daily, concurs that Mr. Rogen was “the polar opposite of going crazy.”
“As a celebrity who doesn’t like to go out and drink and stuff like that, he’s probably one of the best situated to deal with this. He loves being in his house,” Mr. Goldberg, 38, said. “He loves pursuing his hobbies, he loves watching TV on his couch with his wife and his dog. And that’s it. That’s what he loves. I know he secretly loves being stuck.”
With the offices of Point Grey Pictures, their production company, closed, Mr. Rogen and Mr. Goldberg still had plenty to talk about. They are writing a script for the director Luca Guadagnino about Scotty Bowers, a onetime gas station attendant who arranged sexual liaisons for the stars in the silver-screen era.