Seth Rogen portrays Pumba in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King and admitted that his singing voice is really bad. The actor/comedian revealed that his singing was so bad that his coach, producer Pharrell Williams, became increasingly frustrated with his lack of ability while trying to squeeze some decent notes out of him. In turn, Williams’ frustration turned into stress for Rogen, who seems like he may have been intimidated by having such a professional, well-known vocal coach.
In a new interview, Seth Rogen discussed his upcoming role in the live-action remake of The Lion King and talked about the difficulty that he had trying to sing on key under the watch of mega producer Pharrell Williams. Rogen admits that he’s not a great singer, so Disney brought in Williams to help out with the Pumba performances. Rogen likened it to bringing Evel Knievel to teach someone how to ride a motorcycle for the first time. He explains.
“I literally had Pharrell Williams banging his head against a wall trying to extract like a f*cking good note out of me. I’m like someone less famous would actually be more helpful. It’s like the last thing I need is like oh, so you have to learn to ride a motorcycle, we have Evel Knievel here to teach you! Like I don’t want that, just give me a guy!”
Seth Rogen believes that he is finished recording his parts for the live action remake of The Lion King, but he has definitely been scarred by the experience. Singing isn’t the easiest thing to do, and to try and have to pull it off in front of a guy that has worked with some of the best artists in music history probably didn’t help matters for Rogen. The actor didn’t reveal if he was able to finally hit the notes or if some Auto Tune was brought in for some digital assistance.
The Lion King remake is directed by Jon Favreau and is set to be released on July 19th, 2019. Joining Seth Rogen in the movie are some other heavy hitters in the singing department. Not only is Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, starring in the project, but Beyonce is as well. Now, that is some pretty intense pressure to perform. Rogen is lucky that he just wasn’t replaced with someone who can sing. Knowing Seth Rogen, he’s more than likely exaggerating the story in a humorous way.
We have a little over a year before The Lion King remake hits theaters, giving us a true taste of Seth Rogen’s skills on the microphone. All jokes aside, he probably did a pretty good job, why else would Disney have hired and kept him on? One thing is for sure: Beyonce didn’t need any coaching when it came to her parts. You can hear more of the interview with Seth Rogen discussing his vocal nightmare at Entertainment Weekly Radio.