What would Steve Carell and Keira Knightley do if the world were coming to an end?
“I would probably just eat everything I can in my final few days,” Carell said during a recent interview. “And I’d eat all the things that I kind of have cut back on. I’d eat red meat and lots of pasta, carbs and fried food and deep-dish pizza. And it would just be constant. I’d wake up and eat a deep-dish pizza.”
Knightley would take a slightly different approach.
“[I would] cry and be very frightened and hide in a corner, I should imagine,” she said frankly. “You’d love to be the person who would be at a party and kind of having a great time, but I think, actually, if I heard that a meteor was coming to Earth, I think I’d be going, ‘Is that going to hurt?’ I think that would be the main thing that would be going around in my mind.”
The world, its ultimate demise and the final acts of its inhabitants is the theme of Steve and Keira’s new movie “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” The film opens with the revelation that a 70-mile-wild asteroid will destroy the Earth in three weeks. Upon hearing the announcement, a man named Dodge (Carell) is dumped by his wife, which leaves him to wonder what he’ll do with his last days on Earth. Accompanied by his scatter-brained neighbor Penny (Knightley), Dodge sets out to reunite with his high school sweetheart before it’s too late. And while most of the world revels in a reality with no future and no consequences, Dodge and Penny realize there’s much more to life than they ever knew.
“People talk about these bucket lists of things you’d want to do before you die,” Knightley said. “I don’t think I’d get to the end of my life and regret not having jumped out of a plane, but I think I would get to the end of my life and regret not having spent enough time with the people I love. And I think that’s what I loved about the film. It’s friendship, it’s love, it’s companionship.”
Part drama, part buddy comedy, part odd-couple love story, “Seeking a Friend” is unlike the typical action-adventure Armageddon movies you’ve seen in the past.
“What I liked about the casting, frankly, was the fact that in no other circumstance would … these two people come together,” Carell told me. “It’s this really heightened moment of both of their lives and it would take something like that to bring such disparate people, culturally and age-wise, together. And I think there’s a beauty in that. It’s romantic in a very souful way.”
As was the case with the stars’ pre-Apocalyptic plans, Steve and Keira offer very different answers when asked whether they’d take one last spin through their filmography before the end of days.
“I wouldn’t sit at home and watch my movies on a loop as the meteor descends upon us,” Carell said with a laugh. “I’d probably watch ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ if I were to choose one movie, because there’s a hopefulness in that movie – without an outlandish optimism – which I sort of liked.”
“God, no. No!” replied Knightley. “I don’t like watching myself. It’s the same thing as hearing your own voice back. It’s like, ‘Oh, god, do I sound like that? Does my face movie like that? Why do you do it?’ It’s horrible.”
“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is in theaters everywhere now. Click here to order tickets through Fandango.
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