Seth Rogen Will Soon Be the Voice of Vancouver and Toronto’s Public Transit
He’ll be giving commuters comedic etiquette tips.
The Vancouver-born comedian and director of stoner comedies Pineapple Express and Superbad may have landed his most exciting role to date as the new voice behind Vancouver’s SkyTrain and Toronto’s TTC Subway. Seth Rogen will be providing public transit passengers with helpful tidbits on proper travel etiquette.
The whole thing went down publically on Twitter when Vancouver Province reporter Stephanie Ip nominated Rogen back in May. A series of back and forth tweets between Rogen and TransLink led to a re-casting, with Rogen reading the original copy.
“Those are very nice sneakers—but kind of a horror show on the sole. So get those feet off the seat. My mom might be sitting there one day, come on!” is one of the stern-but-fair announcements scheduled to echo through the subway intercom.
In a promotional video for the project, Rogen admitted that he often used public transit in his youth, and still does, when he finds himself in the city.
He also expressed his love for all things Canadian and his constant effort to keep Canada in the international spotlight. It turns out that he wasn’t joking, as Global News points out, Rogen reportedly did the promotional voice-overs for free.
Though citizens were thrilled to learn of Rogen’s return to Vancouver, he was not the first choice for the project. The campaign, which was initially led by Visa, announced the implementation of the new tap-to-pay system with Morgan Freeman and his trademark voice. Freeman was scheduled to alert commuters that fares could be paid using a Visa credit card for a brief two week period.
However, Freeman’s recent sexual misconduct allegations forced Visa and TransLink to abandon the entire project. That’s when Vancouverites voiced their nominations for a replacement.
While TransLink stated that the implementation of Rogen’s voice would come out over the next few weeks, the transit system has yet to provide information to the public as to whether the announcements will include his trademark laugh.
Merely one week later, Toronto decided to mimic Vancouver’s decision to cast Rogen as the voice of their subway announcements as well. Now, Rogen will be voicing an entirely new set of rules for proper manners when riding the TTC, including – seriously – warnings about personal grooming on public transit.
You can watch the promotional video posted on TransLink’s Twitter below.