Why Morgan Freeman turned down This is the End

Yahoo UK Movies News27 June 2013

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg recruited a pretty impressive cast list for meta-comedy ‘This is the End’, from funnymen Michael Cera, Jay Baruchel and Jason Segel, to ‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson and pop singer Rihanna.

[This is the End stars on Emma Watson appearance]


Not everyone said ‘yes’ to the duo though. We already knew that Daniel Radcliffe turned them down, but at our fan Q&A the duo also revealed that they wrote a part for Morgan Freeman, only to be rebuffed.

Rogen, who co-directed and starred in the film, said: “Morgan Freeman said ‘no’. We wanted him to play God. Apparently he takes his character as God very seriously.”

Co-helmer Goldberg described Freeman’s appearance. “The joke was, he would appear as god, and Jay (Buruchel) would say: ‘so when we were in ‘Million Dollar Baby’, you were god?!’ and then god shows up and says ‘it’s just a joke him and Morgan Freeman have been playing on people. He should have said yes!”

Rogen added: “I think it’s the biggest mistake Morgan Freeman ever made!”



On the other hand, they also said it remarkably easy to persuade megastar Channing Tatum to play Danny McBride’s sex slave.

“The messed up thing was that there was no convincing”, said Goldberg.

“It was really easy,” added Rogen. “I just explained exactly what it was and I got an email back five minutes later saying ‘I’m in! Where do you need me to be?’. For two nights we shot that, he was on his hands and knees scurrying around, like a little dog… He said he actually felt like he had been a sex slave.” 

“All he asked for was very strong pads for his knees,” said Goldberg.

Based on the 2007 short film written by Rogen & Goldberg called "Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse" ("Jay" being Jay Baruchel), ‘This is the End’ sees Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride play versions of themselves take refuge in James Franco's house during an apocalypse.

‘This is the End’ is released in the UK on 28 June. Watch the trailer below.

Over $30 Million In Scholarships And Savings

Capella provides a variety of ways to earn a quality education within your budget with grants, scholarships, transfer credits, and more. Learn how

Checkout the Fresh Look RAV4, Sleek Look Low Price

Your local Toyota dealer has unbelievable savings for you on a new Toyota RAV4. Learn more today!

An Exceptional Lifestyle in North Stafford, VA

The ONLY new townhomes in Stafford’s most desirable community, where the amenities and location = a terrific lifestyle. From the upper $200s.

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Escape The Usual In Unforgettable San Antonio

Make this a summer to remember with exciting theme parks, delicious fine dining, amazing culture and more – only in thrilling San Antonio.

Celebrate the Summer of Freedom in Williamsburg

Can a Greater Williamsburg vacation give you the freedom to have fun? Watch a real family find out.