VIBE: This movie is outrageously funny and well-done from start to finish. Can you talk about how it was to work with, essentially, your friends while filming This Is The End? How did the project come together?
Craig Robinson: Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] originally had this short that really took off called Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse. That was all the way back in 2006-2007, and they took that concept and wrote this movie around that baseline. I think it was in 2010, 2011. Once they finished with the script and the premise, they hit us all up and were like, "Y'all wanna do this movie, y'know and play ourselves?" It was really just dope like that. Working with these guys is just like what you said, we're friends ... family, and it's like chillin' in the basement with your buddies playing with your mom's video camera. Seth and Evan say, "Action," and we roll and see if we can get something good on film.
You guys have all worked on different projects separate of one another, but this is the first one I've seen where "death" was an issue. Can you speak about how you and the gang handled the death scenes during filming?
Oh!!! It was funny [laughs]. Everybody wanted to die in this film. They wanted to go out in a blaze of glory, y'know? Some people wanted crazy deaths, others were like whatever. But at the end of the day it was all fun. I wasn't there for all of the request that were made, but the way it could start is that somebody wanted to go out bad ass. Then it turns into somebody falling down the hall and down some stairs into an open crevice that leads to hell. Just bad ass! I think somebody got hit in the face with a rock and died on impact [laughs]. The goal is to make it as funny as you can for the audience to laugh with you at such a traumatic thing.
If you could have any type of death scene for This Is The End that would be used for DVD extras—how would you have gone out?
I would have been exploded. Like, "kaboom," y'know?! Guts and body parts flying all over the place.
Like, "Oh, my God! It's Craig's face on my face!" [laughs]
There are quite a few dick-and-fart jokes in this movie, too, man. There are some scenes that will go over well with fans of that type of humor. Were there any dick jokes that you guys just improvised that didn't make the film?
Oh, yeah [laughs]! The DVD extras should be packed with a lot of funny stuff, I'm sure. We did a whole scene of stuff that didn't make the final cut of the film. We even did a re-imagining of Spider-Man that James Franco starred in that didn't make it into This Is The End. That didn't make the final cut, but I wouldn't be surprised if it made the DVD.
Was it called Spider-Dick...?
[Laughs] No, it was just us being crude, really. [Danny] McBride played your favorite neighborhood Spider-Man, [James] Franco was the Green Goblin, and it was funny... They were play fighting and Franco was on a skateboard with Seth behind him, guiding him. They even put me in a wig and dressed me up as Mary Jane. It was just something they thought of on the spot. The scene was supposed to be a drug sequence, so when I showed up to set they said to me, "Craig, put this on!" And I was like, "What, what?!"