How do you end a comedy movie about the apocalypse? Hilariously, of course, but if Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen had their initial drothers for the end to "This is the End" — you know, back when Daniel Radcliffe was wand-swatting away the then-atrocious script — it would've been an even more heavenly affair.
Obviously, there are spoilers abound here, so look away now if you haven't seen the movie...
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So, as you hopefully already know by now, there were gobs of celebrity cameos in "End," ranging everywhere from the ax-swinging Emma Watson to Danny McBride's surprise sex slave Channing Tatum. But behind door number three (a.k.a. Heaven's Gate) awaited none other than the Backstreet Boys, sending things off on a high note, literally, with a performance of their big hit "Everybody."
"We were trying to figure out a way to spruce up the end, to make it better," Goldberg told Vulture. "It actually was an off-handed suggestion of our wives, and then Seth just kept bringing it up and then it kind of snowballed into something we didn't think could happen, and it did."
Evidently, the oh-so-dreamy '90s boybanders were totally game for the semi-self-deprecating showing because, as Rogen recounted, they "were like 'Yeah! Of course we would be in heaven. Why wouldn't we be? We bring joy to the world.'" That they do.
But they almost didn't get a shot to wriggle those scream-winning tushes on-screen for "This is the End" because the original offer went out to Morgan Freeman, who had the heavenly edge of having portrayed God twice before already.
But the esteemed nap-lover apparently wanted no part of what the tag-team had cooked up for him.
"The whole joke was, he shows up and he's like 'I'm God,' and they're like 'You're God?' And Jay [Baruchel] goes, 'Wait, so when we were in 'Million Dollar Baby' together, you were God then? I don't get it.' And then God shows up and he's like 'We're just f***ing with you. This is Morgan Freeman," Goldberg explained of the bit, which Freeman passed on "for some crazy reason."
Too easy, maybe?