Funny guy Steve Carell was poised to get serious for a change during this interview for Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. But that apparently didn’t stop him from mischievously staging a false alarm mooning via Skype computer screening for this get-together, when asked to confirm that his unseen from the waist down anatomy actually sported a pair of pants. Moving on to pondering ‘what if’ moments when it comes to doomsday scenarios for real, Carell wondered out loud about everything from levelling the sexual playing field, to high caloric fantasies like end of the world baby back ribs and an entire day of ice cream.
SC: How weird is this setup!
There’s not much of you to see on that Skype screen, just you from the waist up. So are you wearing any pants?
SC: [Standing up] Ha! What do you think!
Okay. And what would you be up to, if it were the end of the world?
SC: I think I would just start eating! I think I would just eat all of the bad things that I don’t allow myself to eat on a regular basis.
SC: I’d start with fried foods. And I’d segue into red meat. And heavy sauces, and creams! Maybe have a day of just ice cream. Then finish up with some baby back ribs. And maybe on the last day, have a deep dish pizza!
Why this character Dodge?
SC: I read the script, and I could not stop thinking about it. Because I thought it was funny, and absurdly so. And dark. And it also just brought up some very interesting themes. About what people do with their lives. How people conduct themselves. And about having regrets, and not having regrets. And how you embrace it, you know? How you embrace the joy, and how you can live life to its fullest. And just the idea of what a normal person would do if faced with the end of the world. Like the flip side of the president on the hotline, talking to the astronauts! This is what everybody else is going through. And the sexual playing field has been levelled in this situation, and you’re revelling in it. And that was very intriguing to me, because it is so absurd.
Did portraying someone facing the end of the world make you think more about that yourself?
SC: Yeah. Every day with my character on set, I would be thinking about that thing that was hanging over me. And was always informing everything that I did. Whether my character would forget about all of that, or whether there was a moment of joy or silliness, there’s always that sense of it, hanging overhead. Which I thought was kind of just an interesting thing for me as an actor to do. But in terms of my real life, yeah. I try not to be too much of a fatalist. Personally, I tend to try to take life a day at a time. And enjoy the moment.
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