A prolific actor, Rogen has been to a lot of film premieres and so it's really saying something that even he was flabbergasted at just how different this one was. And it was for one reason and one reason only, as he explained to Kimmel.
"I've never seen this happen before," Rogen said, describing how director Jon Favreau had the cast come on stage one-by-one before the film's premiere. "Beyoncé was called out and the audience stood up and went crazy. And I was like, she's getting a standing ovation for just existing."
It absolutely blew his mind. "Her mere presence was a reason to stand and go crazy, and I totally got it," the actor marveled. "I was like, yeah, like we should be celebrating. We made it. We're all in a room with Beyoncé."
Not many celebrities command that kind of attention by their mere presence, putting Beyoncé in rarefied company indeed. Not on that level, by his own admission, is one Seth Rogen. As he explained it, he's more the familiar voice of comfort for all the stoners getting freaked out by these totally realistic-looking animals singing and talking in the film.
"I know they weren't clapping for me, but I was on the stage and I -- for a brief moment -- felt like what it must feel like to have that adulation," he said.
In fact, even though he shares screen-time with her, and even a song credit with Beyoncé, Rogen was still too intimidated to approach her when the cast was together backstage before Favreau brought them out. "I wasn't going to go up to her," he admitted. "Mostly for fear."
Turns out, he has a pretty good reason for that, though, and it's very personal. The last time he had the opportunity to meet her was at the Grammys a decde or so ago, and he did decide to go ahead and make the first move. "Her security knocked me so hard that I spilled my drink all over myself," he said. "So I was wary of going near her, 'cause I look like someone who you would want to keep away from Beyoncé in general."
This time, Beyoncé approached him and he said it was a fully pleasant experience.
As for that song credit, Rogen joked both that he "apologized to her for that," and that "it must be a big deal for her." The experience itself was far more harrowing for Rogen, who hilariously broke down what it was like working with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer in a sound booth trying to sing professionally for pretty much the first time in his life.
No pressure! Oh, and Beyoncé is doing this, too, so...
"The Lion King" is in theaters on Friday, July 19.