Seth Rogan on testifying at Senate hearing: 'Upsetting to me' - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Seth Rogan on testifying at Senate hearing: 'Upsetting to me'

Posted: Updated:
Actor Seth Rogen testifies about Alzheimer’s and senators not showing up. (Source: POOL/CNN) Actor Seth Rogen testifies about Alzheimer’s and senators not showing up. (Source: POOL/CNN)

CULVER CITY, CA (POOL/CNN) – Actor Seth Rogen says there's a disconnect between how lawmakers feel about fighting Alzheimer's and how people feel about the disease.

"To me, there was an enormous discrepancy between how people seem to feel about the importance it needed and how they seem to feel about the importance it needed," Rogen said.

This week, Rogen spoke at a Senate hearing in Washington, DC to bring attention to Alzheimer's and how it has affected his wife's family.

Rogen says he was disappointed with the senators who decided not to show up and listen.

"There's 16 to 18 people on that committee, very few of them were actually there, and it wasn't just me talking. Honestly, I can totally understand if they don't want to hear the testimony of a stoner, idiot actor," Rogen said, "but like the other five people who were talking were some of the most educated, and the people who are really on the forefront [of] trying to find a cure for the disease and statisticians that were explaining the financial toll. I actually probably had the least actual impactful thing to say when it came on government ramifications, and they still couldn't be bothered to hang around to hear it."

Rogen's charity fund, Hilarity for Charity, raises money to help families battling Alzheimer's and for research, and in 2012, it raised more than $300,000.

"Honestly, to me the most distressing thing is another senator, who these guys actually knew, was talking about how he had actually been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the whole point of a plea like that to me would be to get the personal connection with the people who are actually making those decisions, and the fact that they weren't there to hear another senator talk about it was a little upsetting to me," Rogen said.

Copyright 2014 POOL via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • A rally to prevent drop-outs

    A rally to prevent drop-outs

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:00:12 GMT
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration. Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise theMore >>
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration.
    Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise the graduation rate to 100% over the next five years.








     
    More >>
  • Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:16 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:16:23 GMT
    Mayor Tony Yarber has officially named Lee Vance as Jackson's new Chief of Police. Vance is a 27 year veteran with the Jackson Police Department.  He has held several leadership positions within theMore >>

    "He has proven leadership and respect in the community and among the rank and file in the Jackson Police Department," Yarber said. "He also shares the administration's vision for a holistic approach to crime-fighting and crime prevention."More >>

  • Teen pregnancy prevention at college level

    Teen pregnancy prevention at college level

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:00:18 GMT
    Mississippi colleges could soon be tasked with teaching some life lessons. A bill signed into law by the governor this year targets pregnancy prevention at a college level. Kell Smith with the CommunityMore >>
    Mississippi colleges could soon be tasked with teaching some life lessons. A bill signed into law by the governor this year targets pregnancy prevention at a college level.More >>