Eddie Rouse from Pineapple Express dies at age 60 of liver failure just weeks after filming a pilot for the HBO series Westworld in Utah.
The versatile character actor stood out in such films as American Gangster, The Number 23 and Pandorum. Rouse died Sunday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the Daily Mail. Rouse starred as a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator hired through Craigslist to perform at a boy’s birthday party in Todd Rohal’s Rat Pack Rat, which was funded through Kickstarter and won a jury prize in the shorts competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The actor made his feature debut as a cranky uncle in David Gordon Green’s George Washington (2000) — it was Green’s debut as a feature writer, director and producer, too — and they re-teamed for All the Real Girls (2003), a romantic drama with Zooey Deschanel, and The Sitter (2011), starring Jonah Hill.
Eddie Rouse worked with Seth Rogen on Observe and Report (2009) and The Green Hornet (his scenes were cut from the 2011 film) as well as on Pineapple Express, and he showed off his dramatic chops by portraying a chef gone crazy in the horror film Pandorum (2009), according to The Inquisitr.
In addition to the 2007 releases American Gangster from director Ridley Scott and The Number 23 from Joel Schumacher, Rouse had roles in the basketball movie Juwanna Mann (2002), in the Joaquin Phoenix faux documentary I’m Still Here (2010) and in the thriller Alyce Kills (2011).
As Eddie Rouse from Pineapple Express dies, he had been quite busy lately, with roles in Being Flynn (2012), Nature Calls (2012) and Low Down (2014).
On Westworld — set in a futuristic amusement park, executive produced by J.J. Abrams and based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton — Rouse was to play Kissy, short for Kisecawchuck, a laconic American-Indian card and contraband dealer from the town’s saloon.
“This was the thing he wanted so badly,” Spacek said, “to get in front of an audience to show the world what he was all about.”
Eddie Rouse went to Olney High School in Philadelphia and began his acting career with the city’s Bushfire Theatre of the Performing Arts. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he met Green and actor Danny McBride. His work from Pineapple Express has drawn national attention.
Pineapple Express is a 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the bromantic comedy subgenre. The film was released on August 6, 2008.
Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the film. Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server and habitual pot smoker. He makes a visit to the home of his drug dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco), to buy weed.
Saul tells him that he may already know the identity of his next service, Ted Jones (Gary Cole). Dale drives to Ted’s house and witnesses a cop, Officer Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez), and Ted shoot an Asian man to death. Dale panics and flees the area, but leaves his roach at the scene which contains a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express.
Ted is able to identify the strain and sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky and Matheson (Kevin Corrigan and Craig Robinson) to dealer Red (Danny McBride), who discloses that he has only sold the pot to Saul.
The whole “Eddie Rouse Pineapple Express dies” story has shocked fans. Rouse actually played a thug in the film as Dale flees to Saul’s apartment and learns that Ted is a dangerous drug lord and could trace the roach back to Saul. Dale and Saul flee into the nearby woods while Ted’s henchmen persuade Red to arrange a meeting between Saul and Red. They accidentally fall asleep in Dale’s car and wake up to find that they missed their meeting with Red.
They leave the woods and arrive at Red’s house, hoping to determine whether Ted has linked them with him. Red says Ted isn’t after them but Dale realizes that he’s lying, starting a fight that results in Red getting knocked out. They wake Red and question him until he reveals that Ted has discovered who they are and means to kill them. Convinced that they are being pursued, Dale and Saul decide that they must leave the city.
Eddie Rouse once said that the inspiration for making Pineapple Express was Brad Pitt’s character in True Romance, a stoner named Floyd. Apatow “thought it would be funny to make a movie in which you follow that character out of his apartment and watch him get chased by bad guys.” The ideal production budget was $40 million, but due to the subject matter, Sony Pictures allotted $25 million.
It’s hard to believe that Eddie Rouse from Pineapple Express dies. He is survived by a son and a daughter, notes Hollywood.com. There are numerous films to his Rouse’s credit as a producer.