One of the weirdest and most hilarious films to come out in the past decade is Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party. The film is full of ridiculous and goofy ass scenes, with one involving the late Meat Loaf performing his iconic song “I’d Do Anything for Love.” In that scene, an anthropomorphic Meatloaf appears and sings the track, but it’s Meat Loaf actually singing it.
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rogen shared the story behind how Meat Loaf and the song made their way into the movie. In recalling that initial chat that took place between him and Meat Loaf, Rogen says it was one hell of an awkward conversation. Talking about how this idea involving Meat Loaf first came to mind, Rogen shared the following: (all of the following quotes were transcribed by Classic Rock):
“I made this movie Sausage Party years ago. In it, there is a scene where [Meat Loaf’s hit] I’d Do Anything for Love is playing. And we realise, ‘Oh! The meatloaf sings I’d Do Anything for Love, it’s a movie about food that talks. We should have a meatloaf you cut to singing I’d Do Anything for Love.”
Regarding the legalities involving this scene, he said: “We had to get the legal sign-off of Meat Loaf, the guy, to do a cartoon representation of him as a meatloaf.”
Rogen added: “So, the question became, ‘How are we going to pitch this to Meat Loaf?’ I was like, ‘I’ll just call Meat Loaf and explain it to him.’”
Eventually, the director was able to get Meat Loaf’s number and was ready to call; however, he was given instructions to call the rocker on a Friday at 2:30 pm (and Rogen did just that). Rogen then goes into talking about his call with Meat Loaf, sharing: “I called him, the phone’s ringing, ringing, and ringing. I call like 10 times because I’m supposed to call it. Finally, Meat Loaf answers. He’s like, ‘Huh!? What? Huh?’ I’m like, ‘Meat Loaf! It’s Seth Rogen.’ He goes, ‘You woke me up from a nap!’ So, I’m like, ‘Bad start!’”.
Rogen tells Kimmel that the rocker asked to be referred to as “Meat,” which Rogen was surprised by; the director felt that was “a weird thing to be commanded.” Rogen then goes into how the rest of the phone call went down:
“So, I explained, ‘Look, Meat. I have this film called Sausage Party, and in it, food talks, and there is a scene where we’re using one of your songs, and we thought it’d be funny if we cut to a meatloaf singing this song as your name is Meat Loaf. The food meatloaf is also called meatloaf.’ Then, there was like 30 seconds of silence, and then, he just goes, ‘Yeah, I get it!’ And he hung up.”
Well, while that conversation didn’t go super smoothly for Rogen, Meat Loaf eventually did take the gig (which is awesome because that scene in the film is seriously funny). Below you can find a video of the iconic moment from Sausage Party.