MTV’s third annual Sneak Peek Week kicks off tonight with an early look at this summer’s all-star comedy “This Is the End.” Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Evan Goldberg will be on hand tonight to debut new footage from the film before its release on June 12th. The exclusive clip airs on MTV at 11 p.m. ET. Following the debut, MTV’s Josh Horowitz will chat with the cast live, exclusively on MTV.com.
Unlike pretty much every other feature film, the actors in this movie all portray themselves as they struggle to survive Los Angeles after its upended by a series of apocalypse-level events. Watching these comedians deal with food rationing and cabin fever will be insanely funny, sure, but what would actors from superhero films be like in the event of the end? These actors have regularly faced horrific (albeit CGI) events and most of them have had to go through some physical training.
Here are the five actors we want on our side when things go down.
Robert Downey Jr.
While Downey Jr. probably doesn’t possess Tony Stark’s technological genius (no suits of armor being built in this scenario), he has pretty much every other quality. The guy is incredibly charismatic and quick-witted; he’d be a dream to have in bargaining situations with other roving groups of survivors. Plus he’s already traveled all over the world and lived through his fair share of trials. He’ll keep a cool head.
When looking for the brains of this group, no one comes close to Natalie Portman. She graduated from Harvard at 22, getting a degree in psychology. She was a guest lecturer at a Columbia University course in terrorism and counterterrorism. She’s studied French, Japanese, German and Arabic. She’s even co-authored two published research papers and been involved in studies with super complex titles (“A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar” and “Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy”). So she’s a psychology major with knowledge about counterterrorism who is has studied numerous language and been involved with scientific research. Yep, she’s essential.
If there’s one guy you want on your side when the world ends, its Batman. And while Bale isn’t actually Batman, he has enough determination and sheer will power to get a “close enough” from us. Plus Bale will go places few other actors will, from screaming fits to moments of heart-touching compassion, and every ragtag group of survivors needs an unpredictable element. Bale is pretty much the Daryl Dixon in this scenario.
If there’s one thing we took away from the hours of bonus features for “Marvel’s the Avengers,” it’s that Cobie Smulders is hilarious. Her stand-out riffing on the bridge of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier was just fantastic, proving that she has the comedic chops needed to commit strongly to a ridiculous moment. Her survival skills aren’t that apparent, but it can’t hurt to have someone around to bring the funny in a situation where there’s nothing to laugh at. Plus, she just seems like best-friend-potential. We want to hang out, even if the world has ended.
Listen, Nick Offerman said in his recent appearance on the Nerdist podcast that Chris Pratt is the one man he wants by his side when the world ends. If Nick Offerman thinks that, then we think that. Hands down, no questions asked. He seems to possess traits that the other four have (funny, quick-witted, resourceful), making him a great utility player. Also he probably has Nick Offerman’s number on speed dial, so, you know, that would be helpful.
Sneak Peek Week continues every night this week with exclusive clips and appearances from the stars of “This Is the End,” “Pain & Gain,” “The To-Do List,” “The Heat” and “The Bling Ring.” The week of exclusives all lead up to this year’s MTV Movie Awards, airing live on Sunday, April 14th, at 9 p.m. ET.