It’s the end of the world as they know it…and they feel fine. November 8, 2009. By: Stacie Hougland, Fandango. It was posted here
Q: What do you all think will happen in 2012?
Roland Emmerich: Well, I will go ski. It is December 21st, which is skiing season. I will choose the highest mountain there is. If the world ends, you know, what can I do? If not, I will ski down.
John Cusack: I will try to get on Roland’s trip!
Amanda Peet: Yeah, can I come?
Chiwetel Ejiofor: I don’t ski, so I can’t join them. Besides, I think avalanches are something to worry about, so I’ll just spend it quietly with family and friends and hope for the best.
Amanda Peet: I am kind of a hypochondriac, and I worry about a lot of things, so I’m really going try to not worry about it too much.
Cusack: What I think will happen [is] a shift in consciousness, rather than an actual end of days.
Q: John, what attracted you to this film?
Cusack: I read the script and it was a real page-turner. They have this scene where Rome burned and Paris fell. How do you shoot that? Then the catastrophes got bigger and the places where the characters were safe got smaller. The movie actually got more intimate as it went along...I haven’t seen that with most action films. I thought that was really clever.
Q: Do you think of this film as a sort of cautionary tale?
Emmerich: I don’t think the film is to warn about anything, so it is not a cautionary tale. Only what is important in life and what is savable, and how should we save things. I am always a little suspicious of governments, so it is also an expression of that. Then I always think movies have to be fun. If a movie is not fun, I don’t want to do it.
Cusack: I think it also taps into the paranoia around the world.
Ejiofor: People tend to find great unity in tragedy. I think that is one of the things this story talks about.
Q: What would you like audiences to take away from this film?
Emmerich: It is about survival and regular people becoming heroes, and I think people can identify with that. They will ask themselves if they would be as brave as Jackson Curtis. That is what I hope they take from it. We cannot make a movie like this and end it badly. It would be kind of sad. In a sense, this is modern retelling of Noah’s Ark. There were survivors and at the end there is hope. That is exactly what we wanted to convey.