Rapture-Palooza is the apocalypse with a twist! It seems that the end of the world is a big theme in movies this year and in this comedy film, the Apocalypse happens and billions of people are raptured to heaven. Except for Lindsey (played by Anna Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley) who are left behind. The couple try their best to get on with life and live it as normal as possible despite the plagues happening around them. Until the Anti-Christ (Craig Robinson) settles near their area and seemed to have developed a thing for Lindsey. They then team up with odd peoples to stop the Anti-Christ from making her his bride and maybe, save the world.
“Rapture-Palooza – A Hilarious Take on The Apocalypse
And that situation is right in John Francis Daley’s wheelhouse with Rapture-Palooza, in theaters and video on demand June 7.
A palette cleanser to his usual gig on the Fox TV series Bones, Rapture-Palooza follows Daley’s Ben House and his girlfriend Lindsey (Anna Kendrick) as the Seattle couple traverses the aftermath of the world’s most righteous taken up to heaven right in the middle of Ben and Lindsey’s bowling game.
There are rainstorms of blood, weed-smoking wraiths, filthy-mouthed crows, annoying locusts, a lawnmowing-obsessed zombie (Thomas Lennon) and other apocalyptic craziness to deal with, though the worst is The Beast (The Office’s Craig Robinson), the Antichrist who begins his rule and takes a romantic shine to Lindsey.
“It was an interesting look at something that is generally very tragic,” Daley, 27, says. “You don’t even have to act really — there’s so much weirdness going on around you.
“Anna and I were the straight men of this movie. Everyone else is absolutely ridiculous, but in the best possible way.”
Daley’s found there is an art to the “exasperated straight man” role, one he’s also played on the TV series Freaks and Geeks and in movies such as Waiting…
“It’s just try to be as natural as you can in the circumstances,” the actor says. “For me, I react as I actually would. It’s easy to be appalled and confused and scared in some of the situations that are presented to me in the movie.”
In one scene, Kendrick fires a series of a dozen guns at a villain that Daley runs around full speed trying to find — “Thinking about that out of context, it’s a very strange thing to be doing for a living,” he deadpans — and in another, they’re driving around in a vehicle with a rig on top of it that sprayed them with blood on cue.
“Every time we stopped the take, they would have to refill this giant tank with blood, Daley recalls. “I had to break very slowly because if I braked quickly, it would swash out of the tank and just pour all over the car. Kinda gross.”
The overcast weather also helped with the atmosphere — except for two days, it rained the whole month they filmed Rapture-Palooza in Vancouver during Daley’s summer hiatus last year from Bones.
“That’s production value right there,” he says. “If it were set in a less dreary environment, it wouldn’t have worked. But because it takes place post-apocalypse, it definitely works.”
The rest of the article can be read at USA Today.
Rapture-Palooza is scheduled to be released on June 7th 2013 and is directed by Paul Middleditch.
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