People making a trip to Vancouver this summer are in for a surprise when they take public transit, as Seth Rogen will be lending his voice to TransLink’s transit announcements.
The Vancouver-born comedian and actor will provide public announcements on SkyTrain platforms, SkyTrains, and buses across the Metro Vancouver region through the summer and into the fall.
And in the true spirit of Canadian generosity, he’s offering his services free of charge.
“Any opportunity to enrich the lives of the Canadian people is an opportunity I will take,” Rogen said in a video released Thursday.
Watch the announcement below:
Announcement comes after significant social media support
TransLink said they have their followers on social media to thank for bringing Rogen on board.
It all started in May when Vancouver Sun/The Province reporter Stephanie Ip suggested on Twitter that Rogen fill the guest spot after news broke that Morgan Freeman would be making the announcements.
Lots of emails today were along the lines of: "What, there wasn't a Canadian actor who could've done the job?" After some thought, I do have a suggestion: @Sethrogen. I would happily listen to him announce my transit stops all day, every day BUT ONLY IF IT COMES WITH THE LAUGH. https://t.co/o0v5FWlocj
— Stephanie Ip (@stephanie_ip) May 23, 2018
After Morgan Freeman was dropped following allegations of sexual harassment, Rogen stepped up to offer his services.
Yo if they need a replacement now let me know.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 24, 2018
Thanks for the offer Seth. Let's DM and talk. ^rw
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) May 24, 2018
The rest, as they say, is history.
Rogen, who’s known for his roles in such films as Superbad, Knocked Up, and This Is the End, says he used public transit all the time when growing up in Vancouver, and still uses it whenever he visits today.
TransLink says riders can expect to hear Rogen—and his distinctive laugh—in the coming weeks.