Emma Watson Interview For ‘This Is The End’
‘This Is The End’ follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Eventually they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. Scheduled for a June 12th release in the US and a June 28th bow in the UK, the all-star cast for the film includes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and Rihanna. Members of the cast portray fictional versions of themselves.
‘This Is The End’ is your first out-and-out comedy, right?
Emma Watson: Yeah, this is my first ever comedy. This is one of the reasons why when I got the script I was like, “OK, this is not my normal type of thing, this is not really always my sense humor.” But I thought, “How can I miss out on a chance to work with some of best… the most impressive line-up of many of the best comedians there are basically in the world right now? How could I not want to go along for a week and just see what I could learn and pick up even?” I couldn’t say no (laughs). It was an amazing opportunity.
Do you remember your initial reaction to the script and the heightened version of yourself in the story?
Emma Watson: I thought it sounded crazy (laughs). I remember trying to get my head around it on the phone to my agent who was like, “So, it’s Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill and James Franco and Danny McBride and all these other comedians. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are making it, and all the actors are playing themselves, and it’s going to be the end of the world…. and they want you in the movie.” (Laughs) I’m like, “What? Why? How?” I had so many questions (laughs). I just remember reading it and thinking it’s hilarious, I thought it was the most crazy, absurd premise for a story I’d ever heard. I had to do it (laugh). I was taken aback – why did they think of me? – but then I read the script, and it was so funny. And I loved that they made the only two women in the story these really strong, badass, funny characters. We come off so well (laughs).
Without giving too much away, can you tell us how your Emma Watson joins the story?
Emma Watson: There’s a party at James Franco’s house. There’s an apocalypse and the earth opens up and swallows up pretty much everyone at the party. For some reason I make it and these six guys we follow in the movie make it. They run back inside James Franco’s house and board things up and they’re like, “Right, we’re going to stay here until the apocalypse is over and everything is safe.” I manage to make it to a McDonald’s and I live off of Tomato Ketchup packets and Sweet and Sour packets… plus I live in a drain pipe and I eat rats (laughs). Anyway, I start getting afraid and I basically bust into James Franco’s house. And then things get really crazy (laughs).
What was it like filming on set with this group of actors? Was it difficult to keep a straight face at times?
Emma Watson: It was definitely wild, and obviously the problem I have is I find everything so funny that I was trying not to laugh all the time (laughs) – and that’s really really really hard when people are saying the craziest things and you just have to keep playing it straight (laughs). It was very hard not to laugh during takes. Very hard (laughs). I had the best time on the set of ‘This Is The End,’ I basically laughed the whole time. We had to stop shooting a couple times because I couldn’t quite keep it together. I’m not a practised comedian quite yet (laughs).
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