Have you ever thought about who you'll be with when the end of the world suddenly arrives? Obviously we all want to be surrounded by family and/or close friends, but you know you're not going to have any choice. You could be on a business trip. Maybe you'll be taking in a movie alone. Perhaps it'll be on Thanksgiving and the few family members you would rather not experience the apocalypse with will be across the table from you.
With This Is the End now in theaters, it's worth considering the possibility that you'll be at some party with people you love or hate or any combination of the two. One of them might even be James Franco (he is everywhere these days, after all). Or a character played by James Franco, which really is what you see in this comedy in spite of him and the rest of the ensemble having the same names as their real movie star counterpart players.
If I had to choose one of Franco's characters to meet, it'd obviously be his part in Whatever It Takes (because even though there are a ton of us, I've still never met another Chris Campbell), yet if I had to choose someone to spend the Rapture with (and neither of us immediately rose up into Heaven), I'd pick his Hugh Hefner from Lovelace. I haven't seen the film yet, but it's Hugh Hefner. It's not even about the playmates, it's just that he's a cool guy to hang out with. He's just super chill. I bet he wouldn't even freak out when the end comes.
But enough about Franco. Expanding on the hypothetical question, there are a few variables to think about when deciding on any movie character to spend literal Hell on Earth with in a situation similar to that in This Is the End. Do I want an action hero who will protect me from demons and such? Do I want someone who I'll simply enjoy spending the time with while we both await our doom? And should the latter be just a friend or a potential lover? If it's not the Rapture and is instead a zombie or nuclear or meteoric apocalypse, does that make it a different choice than if it is religious Armageddon?
Some ideas that popped into my head are Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) from The Fifth Element, Hellboy, Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) from Night of the Comet, Snake Plissken and, maybe this is the best option, Bill or Ted (doesn't matter which). Even if he doesn't have the time machine with him at the moment he's good at devising a plan where his future self puts the phone booth nearby so we find it and then we're saved. I could live my days at some point in the past, distant enough that I won't ever have to experience the apocalypse again. And if it's the Rapture I've fled (maybe also thanks to his ability to escape Hell), I'll know to live a more devout and good life wherever I land.
What movie character would you like to spend the end of the world with?
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