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‘Rapture-Palooza’ Cast Can’t Stop Laughing

24 May, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Two years after the filming of Lionsgate’s Rapture-Palooza wrapped up, the actors in the film are still laughing about it. A horny song-singing anti-Christ, foul-mouthed crows, Kung Fu battles with actor Ken Jeong, foods that are shaped liked … well, you get the idea.

“It’s one of the first movies Lionsgate pioneered where they took not a lot of money and a lot of people who will work for not a lot of money, and then got them in a room to tell jokes,” said actor Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies, Hot Tub Time Machine). “It seems like it’s happening more, which I love.”

Out on VOD June 7 day-and-date with theatrical, Lionsgate’s Rapture-Palooza follows the aftermath of the apocalypse and rapture, with a young Seattle couple (Anna Kendrick from the “Twilight” franchise and John Francis Daley of TV’s “Bones”) among those left behind. They’ll have to contend with talking locusts, pothead wraiths and an anti-Christ (Craig Robinson from “The Office”) who’s looking for love.

“I’ve been blessed to learn and watch and steal from Steve Carell, Bernie Mac, Larry David,” Robinson said of his first lead feature role. “One thing I knew going in is that if you’re the star of the movie, the bigger your trailer, the less time you get to spend in it. I didn’t allow pressure to be put on myself. You go out and have fun.”

Corddry said the low-budget movie (estimated production costs were about $2 million) isn’t necessarily a ‘B’-movie.

“I don’t know what the definition is of a ‘B’-movie currently,” he said. “I don’t know if a ‘B’-movie exists anymore. ‘B’-movies used to be [Roger] Corman. ‘We’re doing it on purpose’ almost, like a big middle finger to the industry. This is not that. Everybody’s trying to make a really good movie.”
And actor Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, “Childrens Hospital”) said he believes they did pull off a great movie, shot in just a few weeks, with a lot of improvisation from a group of top-flight comedians.

“If it’s not funny, it’s not going to show up on screen,” Huebel said.

Robinson said the eventual disc releases will feature a commentary and tons of bonuses, with hours of stuff left on the editing room floor.

“There was some stuff that was taken out that I’m gonna miss,” he said. “Thank God for deleted scenes.”

Corddry noted that this is his third end-of-the-world movie (after Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Warm Bodies), and he doesn’t see an end to Hollywood cashing in on the trend (Simon Pegg’s The World’s End and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End are both also slated for release this year).

“It’s definitely in our current zeitgeist,” Corddry said. “For me, I’m a working actor. You throw a dart, and you’re going to hit an end-of-the-world movie. It’s fun to pepper [one] with F-bombs.”

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