Seth Rogen and Wife to Throw James Franco a Bar Mitzvah (And a Bris?)

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Actor James Franco poses at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 24, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Hollywood actor Seth Rogen and his wife, actress Lauren Miller Rogen, announced Wednesday that they will throw fellow star James Franco a bar mitzvah as part of the Hilarity for Charity's Variety show in October in Los Angeles.

"Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a bar mitzvah,” Seth Rogen said in a statement, Variety reported.

“We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure. And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event.”

The Rogens set up Hilarity for Charity after Lauren's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 55. Past shows featured the talents of Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, among others, and the 2014 prom night-themed event raised $1 million.

Franco, whose mother is Jewish, has in the past bemoaned missing out on the Jewish experience, and has expressed the wish to undergo the Jewish rite of passage.

In 2009, Franco was thrown a surprise spoof bar mitzvah after being voted Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding theatrical company, featuring a Rabbi Spiderman.

"I don't know if this counts in rabbinical law, but if it doesn't, I do plan to have a bar mitzvah," Franco said at the time, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

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