Rogen: I’d eat James Franco
This Is The End.
SETH Rogen is a little bummed that the world didn’t end in December 2012, as the Mayan calendar predicted.
If it had, it would have been a great marketing tool for his apocalypse movie, This Is The End.
‘‘For the surviving members of humanity, our movie would have been the most relevant movie out there,’’ he says.
The film features a star-studded roll call of Hollywood actors all playing themselves and partying at James Franco’s house when the global apocalypse strikes.
Rogen says it was surprisingly easy to get celebrities such as Emma Watson, Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys, Paul Rudd and Channing Tatum, among many others, to do what he wanted.
‘‘It’s amazing how happy people were to play these terrible, warped, at times depraved versions of themselves,’’ he says.
‘‘Actors will do anything! We have no shame.’’
Despite its cast, he says the film was made on a relatively small budget.
‘‘We lied to the studio and told them we could make a version where we cut out the fact that we played ourselves if it’s too weird – and we just didn’t do that,’’ he says.
Rogen says the film deals with the trouble men have in expressing their friendships, and a homoerotic vibe underpins the film. And he confirms James Franco really is that good-looking.
‘‘He’s very flirtatious in real life. He gives you the eyes, the Franco eyes. He’s very handsome, as my wife constantly reminds me,’’ he says.
But come the apocalypse, Rogen knows who would come out on top.
‘‘Franco is of a hearty disposition, he’s very fit; he’d last a long time,’’ he says, ‘‘But I’d eat James Franco.’’ Rogen co-wrote and co-directed the film with Evan Goldberg, his childhood friend. Goldberg also co-wrote Superbad and Pineapple Express with Rogen. This Is The End marks their directorial debuts.
Rogen has another film in the pipeline – The Townies, co-starring Aussie Rose Byrne. Rogen says Byrne was cast ‘‘a little bit’’ because of their mutual connection with Judd Apatow (who among other things, directed Rogen’s breakout film Knocked Up and produced Byrne’s Bridesmaids).
‘‘That movie is one of the reasons we think she’s hilarious,’’ Rogen says.
‘‘I’m actually a big fan of Damages. Seen every single episode, but she’s just someone that we always thought was awesome for a long time.’’
He says when they were thinking who would be perfect to play his onscreen wife, Byrne’s name came up.
‘‘She actually uses her Australian accent in the movie,’’ he says.
‘‘It seemed freeing for her because she could swear a lot.’’
This Is The End opens on July 18, with advance screenings from tomorrow until Sunday at Robina, Australia Fair, Coolangatta and Pacific Fair.
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