‘This Is the End’ Set Visit: “The Human Head Does Not Hold That Much Blood, Right?”

Posted April 17, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


This Is the End is an upcoming film about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad) and a group of celebrities (all playing themselves) trying to survive the catastrophe inside of James Franco‘s house.  A few months ago, Goldberg was interviewed and he was asked how the movie’s apocalypse happens and he replied, “Exactly how most Christian people expect it to go down is how it goes down.”  On set, there was a different answer, which is no answer at all.  Goldberg said, “I’m not really enlightening people as to exactly how that goes down, or what happens. It’s just the end of the world.”  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Due to the footage, trailers and clips, there is no possible way to relate the apocalypse to “exactly how most Christian people expect it to go down.”  Looking at James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson working through a scene where they were drawing the short stick to see who had to face the disaster outside to get some bottled water, really makes one’s day.  Stars like Rihanna, Aziz Ansari to Emma Watson attend the massive party.  The group isn’t prepared for a situation like this.

It seemed like a regular party.  A group of six guys sitting around a table and turning this movie into a great comedy.  They stuck to the script and actors would say a line or so and Rogen and Goldberg would decide what to keep.  It’s really cool that they’re all playing themselves because it’s like watching real friends arguing and insulting one another.  Of course they’re not being themselves 100%.  Baruchel said they are playing a “douchier” version of themselves.  It seemed like nothing was off limits when it came to them cracking jokes on each other.  Everyone had a really great sense of humor about the real them and the people they played in the “movie”.  In reality, Franco doesn’t have parties like this.

Here is a look at a few things we learned on set

1. James Franco collects things from all of the movies he’s in. .

2. Danny McBride is completely oblivious to the apocalypse happening the night before, so he cooked up all of the food in the house to make breakfast for everyone. He’s mad no one appreciates his gesture.

3. In real life Craig Robinson carries a towel with him everywhere because he gets sweaty. His manager gave him a monogrammed towel as a present, and he had it with him at the first wardrobe fitting for the movie, and so they decided to include it in the movie.

4. The blood on the floor is from… let’s just say someone from the outside tries to get inside and it does not end well for them. And there is a whole lot more blood where that came from. As Rogen put it, “The human head does not hold that much blood, right? It kind of adds to the imagination, but we are not necessarily striving for realism in every moment. I mean I think that’s what makes it funny too. It’s played for laughs.”

This Is the End, hits theaters on June 12.