Will Forte

It’s the end of the world as we know it for The Last Man On Earth star

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APOC­A­LYP­TIC IN­SPI­RA­TIONS

“There are a bunch of very ob­vi­ous [ in­spi­ra­tions] that you will think of from the get- go: Omega Man and I Am Leg­end, 28 Days Later; the first part when he’s walk­ing around the empty streets. But one of the big things to me was my fas­ci­na­tion with that show Life Af­ter Peo­ple. I loved that show.”

FU­TURE SHOCK

“We pitched the show with the gen­eral out­line of the whole first sea­son al­ready pretty well thought out, and we cer­tainly had to buckle down and fig­ure out a lot of in­tri­ca­cies and pain in the butt stuff, but the big, bold strokes of the sea­son were al­ready formed. Pretty much ev­ery episode ends with a twist, or a cliffhanger, or a new devel­op­ment, so it’s pretty fun.”

THE END­LESS TICK­ING CLOCK

“I think I would go in­sane pretty quickly. Ac­tu­ally, I might last a lit­tle while be­cause I get a hy­per fo­cus go­ing, so I would prob­a­bly get into some weird com­puter game that would take my mind off stuff for a while. But in­evitably that would wear off and I would go crazy pretty quickly. I’m start­ing from a place of near crazi­ness any­way, so it’s de­bat­able that I’m not al­ready there in a land with peo­ple.”

A MAN FOR ALL SEA­SONS

“I’m used to the ex­pe­ri­ence at Satur­day Night Live, where I was an ab­surd char­ac­ter all the time. But I don’t know that peo­ple ever re­ally got to know who the heck I was. I was just the dude in th­ese huge, thick mous­taches ev­ery week. This is a chance to play a char­ac­ter [ Phil Miller] that’s a lit­tle closer to who I am in real life. In a lot of ways, this is a com­bi­na­tion of [ my] SNL crazi­ness side and the Ne­braska slightly more sub­dued side.”

RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE

“A lot of the things that I would do are things that I ac­tu­ally do in the first cou­ple of episodes, a lot of wish ful­fil­ment stuff. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, so if you give me a steam­roller and some break­ables I’m pretty good... or a flame thrower.”

The Last Man On Earth airs on Fox in the US.

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