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‘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.

Do you remember your reaction to this story when Seth Rogen first pitched it to you?

Danny McBride: It was one of those ideas that when Seth pitched it to me I was like, “That’s great, but no one will ever make that movie.” And then when they did I thought it was amazing that we would have the opportunity to do something like this. I had heard they were working on this movie, and it was one of those movies that the idea sounded so crazy that you never really knew if it would come to fruition. So when I got the call that it was actually going to happen – and not only that, but that they had found the time that everyone’s schedules lined up – it just seemed like something you couldn’t miss.

I can imagine that the fact that all of the actors knew each other so well was certainly a plus, but it also could have led to an interesting dynamic on the set as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were also responsible for directing the actors….

Danny McBride: That was awesome. You’d be in scenes with Seth Rogen, and you’d do something he liked, and right there – in the scene – he’d tell you to do it again. I like working that way (laughs). It’s fun and it keeps things light. We’d crack up all the time in the scenes. Because we were shooting digitally, we could do 45-minute takes – the boom guy’s hands would be trembling and everyone would be sweating, but we got all the jokes (laughs). I loved working that way with Seth and Evan.

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You’re all playing heightened versions of yourselves, but how in particular does the character of Danny McBride in ‘This Is The End’ differ from the real Danny McBride?

Danny McBride: For one, my eating habits (laughs). We’re ourselves, but not our real selves. Everybody’s an enlarged, comical version of themselves. James doesn’t really have a house that looks like the one in ‘This Is The End,’ at all. In real life, I’m married and have a kid. In the movie, I’m just a guy who wakes up in a bathtub and smokes a lot of weed…. slightly different (laugh). And before you meet me in the film the whole world has basically ended and there’s no more running water, there’s chaos and demons outside. Our heroes are locked inside James Franco’s house with a limited amount of supplies. No one told me this so I wake up and I ended up getting into the supplies, prematurely. I’m very self-obsessed in the movie.

And working with this group of actors, how was it improvising and bouncing off of each other?

Danny McBride: That was one of my favorite things, definitely. I think the key to good improv is that it’s not about one person showboating or whatever, it’s about making something feel real and organic in the moment. When you have six guys in a scene… how many times are you in a group of six people and only one person is talking and everyone else is standing around? It has to be fluid, you have to have people finishing each others sentences and add on to what they’re saying. I think that takes a lot of concentration and you really have to find the rhythm and listen to what everyone is doing so it doesn’t kind of become a stand-up bit, where everyone is just standing around waiting for their turn to talk. So, I think it makes it more real. People stepping on top of each other’s lines and when someone feels like they’re on a run you can kind of get a sense that they’re ready to do something so you kind of back up and let them deliver. It’s interesting finding that rhythm.

Did you have a favorite moment on set?

Danny McBride: Honestly, every day I came to work on ‘This Is The End’ I was in scenes with guys I find genuinely really funny and guys that I like. So with every scene it was always fun. It was funny to see what people were going to bring out, it was exciting. When you’ve got that many people together, somebody is always firing and somebody always has something that will make everyone crack up. It was the best, it honestly was. What’s good as well is that everyone’s friends but we all still work really hard, everyone brought their A game to it. Nobody slacked off.

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