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Second time’s the charm, we guess? Seth Rogen is the new voice of Vancouver’s transit system after the city had to scrap their last campaign when their first celebrity of choice — Morgan Freeman — was implicated in a Me Too scandal. Rogen, a Vancouver native himself, was more than willing to fill in for the controversy-mired actor and now his equally distinguishable (if not as soothing) voice will make public announcements on the city’s transportation.

It all started in May when a CNN report detailing a series of instances of inappropriate conduct by Freeman was published one day after Vancouver TransLink’s new campaign partnership with VISA featuring Freeman’s voice started. The company quickly pulled the campaign but they were left with no celebrity backup. That is, until Vancouver-based reporter Stephanie Ip nominated Rogen for the job on Twitter. The actor replied that he would be thrilled to do it and TransLink responded that they would love to work out the details to make it happen. The internet saves the day again!

“Any opportunity to enrich the lives of Canadians is an opportunity I’ll take,” Rogen says in a promotional video before letting out one of his iconic laughs. He added in a more serious tone that Vancouver transit is near and dear to his heart.

“I’m very proud to be from Vancouver and I grew up taking public transit my whole life and I still use public transit when I’m in the city,” he said.

Announcements voiced by Rogen include reminders to keep bags and feet off seats and other courtesy messages. He also laughs periodically (because obviously the whole campaign is pointless if there’s no Seth laugh).

According to a statement from TransLink, Rogen agreed to work free of charge and the company was happy to provide “a better customer experience and to share pride in the region.”

This caps off a week full of Canadian appreciation for Rogen. The actor was announced as a 2018 Canada walk of Fame inductee Monday along with several other Canadian icons like Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Chris Hadfield and Andrea Martin (who recently received Canadian citizenship).