This Is the End

Before the Scene with Craig Robinson

by AJ Buckley on May 6, 2013

PeepleswebBefore the Scene is where we all start. In a small town with our families. In front of a mirror with our friends. The days spent sleeping on a couch. The nights working at a bar. Living with the unknown and surrounded by uncertainty. It’s about the times that define us. It’s about the darkness just before the limelight.

Craig Robinson is a veteran actor best known as Darryl Philbin on the NBC smash hit The Office. He has also starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Pineapple Express. He can next be seen as the lead opposite Kerry Washington in Peeples, and in Seth Rogen’s New Orleans-shot directorial debut This Is The End.

What made you want to become an actor?
I started acting in grade school, just doing plays at church. I didn’t pursue it early on. It was just doing plays at church and what have you. Once I got to college, I decided I was going to be a musician, but then comedy just overtook me and chose me. I figured I would be a stand-up, so I started doing stand-up and then on my way to learning stand-up, I stopped in at Second City and I started taking classes. I thought they were going to teach me stand-up but it turned out it was this improv stuff. So I thought, “Okay, well, let’s see what goes on here.” I thought, “Just in case I get on a sitcom or something because of my stand-up, maybe I’ll learn some of this.” I was that naïve to think that could happen.

What was your biggest fear?
Going into stand-up, the fear was always that you would get booed, or you won’t be successful. They won’t laugh. Then there was this quote I read, right at the right time, when I was debating whether to do stand-up or not because of those fears. It said, “Do it despite of being afraid.” Go on despite of your fears. I guess my biggest fear was in the stand-up world. It was to not be able to take what I do with my friends and my family and translate that to a larger audience.

What was your lowest point?
There was a period of about three years. I was on The Office, but I wasn’t on it all the time. Stand-up wasn’t as steady, and I was like flat broke. I don’t know how I made rent, but I made my rent every time. Sometimes I had to borrow, and sometimes I had to do other things, but I made my rent every time. I remember going and collecting all of the coins around the house and going to the grocery store to one of those coin machines to exchange it for cash. It was a point where I was being real lazy and feeling real sorry for myself. It was a period of just not wanting to move. I was just straight up lazy…I guess there was some depression there.

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New RED BAND trailer for ‘This Is the End’

by Jillian Aubin on January 4, 2013

Sony Pictures just released a red band trailer for Seth Rogen’s newest film This Is the End, which stars Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. The actors star as themselves as they struggle for survival after the apocalypse hits during a party at Franco’s mansion. Expect numerous celebrity appearances and deaths; in the trailer, Michael Cera is listed as one of the those who didn’t make it out alive. Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and many more also appear in the action comedy. Rogen co-wrote and co-directed the film with his Superbad partner, Evan Goldberg. This Is the End will hit theaters June 14, 2013.

Note: This trailer is only for ages 18 and older.

Source: Deadline

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