Two men with a deep, primal connection, alone in the woods. They embrace, they struggle, they laugh, they give each other the will to live.
No, this isn’t the plotline for the sequel to Brokeback Mountain, it’s the story of James Franco and Seth Rogen bromancing each other once again and, this time, they are naked as the day they were born, hanging out in the woods for a very special episode of the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid.
We first learned of their amazing chemistry in Pineapple Express. Sure, they have been starring alongside each other since 1999’s Freaks and Geeks, but Pineapple Express was about the time that they began to gel as a comedy duo… and now we know why.
Rogen and Franco are completely and utterly comfortable with their feelings for each other. Their unabashed nudity in Naked and Afraid makes it oh, so clear. These guys love each other.
The show, which normally throws one man and one woman out in the wilderness to fend for themselves, only brought Rogen and Franco closer. “I was hoping to be teamed up with a woman, but I guess Franco is the next-best thing,” Rogen says in the clip for the show. “Hey! I’m glad it’s you, brother,” Franco exclaims, before going in for the real thing and giving his pal a full-frontal hug.
The comic beauty is in the simplicity and the fact that these guys really don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of them. Rogen and Franco have no shame: They will do, say, wear (or not wear) pretty much anything to get a laugh and that’s a good thing.
They are also the kings of crazy PR stunts to bring attention to upcoming projects (think Franco’s supposed Instagram faux pas when he messaged an underage girl, which was rumored to be a publicity stunt for his movie, Palo Alto). While we’d like to envision that Franco and Rogen were really naked and afraid together for a full 21 days in the wilderness, we’re gonna go out on a limb and say this was staged to plug their upcoming film, The Interview.
But, whatever. We’ll watch Franco and Rogen’s nude escapades, no matter what the reason.