Actor Jay Baruchel recently spoke with i09.com about where things are at with his eagerly awaited but oft-delayed comedy Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, in which he is set to co-star alongside fellow Apatow alum Seth Rogen. A refresher: back in 2007, Rogen, Baruchel, and co. released a short video/fake trailer entitled Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse about two roommates who manage to survive the End of Days but, in the aftermath, are faced with the much more daunting task of surviving each other. About a year later, it was announced that the short would be expanded into a feature-length film. At this, there was much rejoicing. However, since then, the project’s seemingly been pushed to the backburner.
In the update, Baruchel assures us that Apocalypse is still very much alive and divulges that he is planning/hoping to “start making the thing in some capacity by the end of this year.” Moreover, the young Canadian actor lets us in on a cool little running gag that will be in the film, provided he has his way:
“I want a recurring joke, because it takes place in Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of famous people in Los Angeles, I want a bunch of cameos, but I just want them to be corpses. I want them to be like “oh god there’s Will Smith’s dead body in the corner!” And it would actually be him.”
Sounds fun…though it probably would’ve been more fun if they had kept it under wraps, a la Zombieland. Hit the jump for more from Baruchel and to get a look at the original Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse short.
Baruchel’s career has really started to take off of late; he stars in the upcoming live-action flicks The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and She’s Out of My League, and voices the main character in Dreamworks’ next animated flick How to Train Your Dragon. I wouldn’t be surprised if, between him and Rogen, something comes up to cause another delay. However, both men seem pretty dedicated to bringing the film to fruition, so, despite all the hold-ups, I imagine this one will get off the ground sooner or later.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On the status of the film:
Seth and I have a lot of things going on, so we just got to figure out a time in the year where it makes sense for us to carve our at least six months to do it. Seth just finished the Green Hornet, he producing I’m With Cancer, right now. We have a hockey movie we’re trying to do [The Goon]. So, it’s a toss-up [as to] which one goes first, and I’ve already said too much in other interviews, which have made myself and Seth look like an ass. But ideally, we start putting it all together. We’ve been working on it and writing it for the past two years. There’s a studio that wants to make it, so everybody wants to do it, it’s just a matter of timing. I’d say that we at least start making the thing in some capacity by the end of this year.
On Celebrity Corpses:
The one thing that I can say – that was my pitch, my idea, that I think we’ll end up doing, because it would be foolish not to – I want a recurring joke, because it takes place in Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of famous people in Los Angeles, I want a bunch of cameos, but I just want them to be corpses. I want them to be like “oh god there’s Will Smith’s dead body in the corner!” And it would actually be him. So that’s my recurring joke for the movie: I want there to be a lot of dead famous people in it.
For those who haven’t seen it, here is the Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse short/mock trailer: