Ro­gen: I’d eat James Franco

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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.

James Franco, Seth Ro­gen and Jay Baruchel in

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