Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Bryan Singer Confirmed For X-Men: Apocalypse
He's locked in his director's deal
Bryan Cranston In Early Talks For The Great Wall
Zhang Yimou set to direct the epic
J.J. Abrams Bringing Stephen King's 11/22/63 Online
Hulu will produce a show based on the time travel tale
Peter Dinklage Starring In The Thicket
He's set for a new crime thriller
First Trailer For Northern Soul
If you were there, you'll know
Exclusive Re-Release Poster For Jacques Tati's PlayTime
Allo there, Monsieur Hulot
Stephen Fry Heads For Tomorrow
A new post-combat pic produced by Martin Scorsese
International Trailer For John Woo's The Crossing Debuts
Take your first look at what could be the Chinese Titanic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 September 2014
New Red Band Trailer For The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco are on a mission
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Interview
06 February 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Art Of The Steal (2014)
Empire Star Rating
22 Jump Street (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Bad Neighbours (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Rogen & Goldberg Talk This Is The End
'Sometimes you learn what not to do!'

31 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

This Is The End

Amid all the comic-book adaptations, giant monsters vs huge robots and novel-based movies being pimped at this year’s WonderCon, one of the craziest properties has to be Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is The End, a ramshackle apocalypse comedy that features a bevy of their bezzies including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in a story of the end of the world as experienced by a group of actors in Los Angeles. Empire sat down with Rogen and Goldberg to talk Roland Emmerich, directing friends and Seth’s lasting contribution to cinema. Hint: it’s not Green Hornet.

This Is The End was originally birthed seven years ago when Rogen and Goldberg oversaw production of a fake short trailer called Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse, which had Rogen and Jay Baruchel trading barbs and ideas about what to do when the world ends around them. “When we did it, we didn't think it would become anything,” admits Goldberg. “We just figured it would be a project for our friend's film class.” Still, the idea wouldn’t go away. When they finally gathered the resources to expand it into a feature film, it turned out the short was more influential than anyone expected - even Seth. “When you go back and watch the trailer, it looks a lot like the movie, in terms of its visuals and tone," he says. "They are very similar in a lot of ways.”

The pair got together and wrote the script, deciding to make their joint film-directing debut on the movie, which initially revolves around Baruchel visiting Franco and the rest just as the globe goes to pot. No, not that kind of pot. As in, starts to fall apart.

So why the obsession with apocalypse films? “Our standard answer is, it’s because the world is f****d,” laughs Goldberg. "I don't know. We wanted to do this for seven years, we just couldn't pull it off.” Adds Rogen: "I don't know why everyone else is doing it. Roland Emmerich has no excuse, he could have gotten it made. He did, I think. But there have always been end of the world movies. Obviously in 2012, people were thinking about it more.”

Thoughts of disaster specialist Emmerich have us discussing directors. The pair has worked with several over the years as writers and producers, and in Seth’s case, as an actor. So who did they learn from? And, more accurately, who did they steal from? “You learn from everybody, and you sometimes learn what not to do from people!” says Rogen, giving his trademark hearty chuckle. “If you're looking to, which we are. Everyone has taught us stuff and we wouldn't have done the movie how we did it without having worked with the people we did.” Goldberg is more specific: “I feel like I could go through it and go, 'David Gordon Green, Greg Mottola, Michel Gondry. Judd Apatow. Judd Apatow. Judd Apatow.'” Judd, you’re an inspiration. Or you should consult your lawyers...

Their years spent on film sets behind and in front of cameras clearly helped the guys when it came time to pop their directorial cherries. We had to ask how it went. "It hurt at first,” smiles Rogen. “But it felt good in the end. I didn't know you didn't have to shove a camera up your ass... But it was awesome. It was really great. It wasn't too stressful.”

With a cast made up of their friends, all playing versions of themselves, the other big question must surely be if anyone complained about how they’re portrayed. “It's an incomprehensible mishmash of what is fictitious and what is heavily based on them,” explains Goldberg. “Some of them have characteristics that they in no way have in real life and some are purely exaggerations of themselves. Since they're all actors, they're all aware of how they're perceived.”

“There were moments,” interjects Rogen. “But it would be more like an aside. We'd be talking about the movie then one of them would pull us aside and be, like, 'You don't actually think I'm like this, right?' 'No! Of course not!' They just needed to check because some of them do some pretty reprehensible things.”

A “favoured nations” deal in the contracts removed any possible diva behaviour because, as Rogen puts it, “everyone got the same shit. And it was all less than they're used to getting!” Using friends meant that while the cast could complain as much as they wanted, the directors were under no obligation to listen. Still, Goldberg credits Rogen with the best innovation on set. “Seth had this revolutionary idea to make an actor's lounge. We gave them a pool table, video games...” “People didn't leave, they hung out,” says Rogen. “They'd show up on days they weren't working.” “When you die, this will be your greatest contribution to cinema,” says Goldberg. Filmmaking may never be the same again.

This Is The End collides with UK cinemas on June 28.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Third G.I. Joe Film Planned
Thanks to Retaliation's big launch
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of The Lost Pilot: An Oral History
The cast and crew look back at the epic season opener…

Empire's Gone Girl Review
Our official verdict on David Fincher's adaptation of the best-selling novel

The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)