Usually the survivor of the apocalypse is a badass like Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson or even Kevin Costner. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World it’s Steve Carell. The film takes place three weeks before an asteroid is going to destroy the world, so people are having end of the world orgy parties. Dodge (Carell) hits the road with Penny (Keira Knightley) to try to find his lost love. Carell himself was on the road shooting his next movie, so he conducted the film’s roundtable interviews via Skype. We were able to jump in with some questions about survival and Anchorman 2.
My favorite part of apocalypse movies is when the survivors have to find supplies in the abandoned stores and stuff. If the world were ending, where would you look for supplies and what would you hope to find?
Certainly I would be foraging for junk food, things like Twinkies and Ho-Hos because at that point nutrition, who cares? You know what was interesting to me, people talk about actually surviving, there’s a character in this played by Derek Luke who’s a survivalist and he’s going to go down into his basement. We examined the actual effect of what would happen if an asteroid the size of New Jersey hit the earth and there would be nothing left. The earth would spin off its axis and implode. So foraging after the fact wouldn’t really be part of the scenario.
Was this the first film you did after leaving “The Office?”
Yeah, actually it is because I shot Crazy Stupid Love while I was still doing “The Office” so yeah, this was pretty soon on the heels of my last “Office.”
Did it feel different to do a movie when you didn’t have to go back to the show?
It did because once the movie ended I had some downtime with my family and we were able to go on summer vacation together which we hadn’t done or hadn’t been able to do while I was doing the show.
How excited are you about Anchorman 2?
We just got together and did this pre-trailer, this early teaser trailer and we hadn’t been in those costumes or together as a unit in I think 9 years, and it was a ball. So it’s going to be fun. They just turned in a script. I think we’re going to start filming in February or March so it’ll be fun.
What do you think Brick’s been up to in the last 10 years?
I don't know. I haven’t read the script. I have no idea what they have in store. I’m hoping that he has not evolved. I think of all the characters, he should be the one that has evolved the least. I think he’s just exactly as he always was, I hope.
Which scenes in Seeking a Friend made you break the most?
Boy, the dinner party scene I thought there were a lot of really funny people in there. Patton Oswalt I think is hilarious. I think Rob Corddry was hilarious, because a lot of people would improvise things and throw stuff in that wasn’t necessarily in the script, but those are the ones that come to mind immediately.