Amanda Peet’s Last Day on ‘2012’ Earth Will Involve Heroin
In about five days, Roland Emmerich will attempt to break his own movie death toll record with 2012, his 400th film about the end of the world. As a lead up to the festivities, we’ll be running interviews all week with some of the survivors of Emmerich’s cinematic wrecking ball. First up is Amanda Peet, the actress who first broke out as Matthew Perry’s wife in The Whole Nine Yards and later rejoined him on NBC’s short-lived dramedy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Even though the actress refused to shake my hand for fear of passing along the dreaded H1N1 to her two-year-old, she did make it clear that she’d spend her last day on Earth whizzing out on Skid.
Of all the 2012 interviews you’ve done so far, how many people have asked you how you think the world is going to end? A few people, it’s pretty standard.
What do you tell them? I don’t think the world is going to end.
What made you want to do this film? Well, I got the script, and then I thought it was a page-turner and so fun. I loved The Day After Tomorrow. I met with Roland and I kind of fell in love with him. Once John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor were attached, it was a no brainer.
What was it about Roland that drew you in? He was so kind and so gentle — he’s not a dictator or anything.
Is there a mad genius quality about him? No, because he’s really accessible and charming. He doesn’t seem like the Master of Disaster. The cliché, crazy, big-blockbuster director is a yeller and egomaniac — he’s not that.
What surprised you while making a movie this huge? How terrible I was at it. It was like I was in the silent movie era.
What are you looking at to simulate all the chaos going on onscreen? A tennis ball at the end of a light.
And what’s that supposed to be? California going into the ocean.
What do you think about the President’s choice to stay behind? You’re like, “What kind of characters are these in this movie, and why do they make these choices.”
So it’s not even about that? I mean, no, it ‘s just a typical disaster movie thing. John talks a lot about this like, when you see these disaster movies or think about global catastrophes it’s sort of the great equalizer. Everyone’s on the same footing because it’s hell on earth. That’s sort of the biggest metaphor that you could conjure up. Just having the President step down and becoming a civilian, one of the people.
What would you do if you had one more day on Earth? Some heroin. I’ve never done heroin so I might as well try it.
You just wrapped the Jack Black and Jason Segel movie Gulliver’s Travels. Is it Apatovian? Is it what?
You know, Apatovian — like a Judd Apatow film. Is that a word now? It’s a family movie. I think it might be a little bit edgier, but it’s a family movie.
What are some of your favorite restaurants in New York? I love Blue Ribbon Bakery. Uh, I can’t think. I haven’t been out much lately.
Do you hate doing press? I don’t hate it, no.