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Interview with the stars of "End of the
World" on Syfy 2/6/13
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
February 6, 2013
4:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.
Welcome to the NBC Universal Syfy conference call End of the
World. During the presentation all participants will be in a
listen only mode. Afterwards we will conduct a
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you everyone for joining the call.
On Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 pm Syfy is delighted to
premiere its latest original End of the World. And to talk
about it we have the stars Brad Dourif, Neil Grayston, and
producer Lisa Hansen. Welcome everyone.
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Jamie
Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: At least I know I havenít seen - havenít got a
screener yet. So can you kind of talk about what part you
play in the film so we can know a little bit more?
Neil Grayston: Sure. I guess Iíll go first. This is Neil
Grayston by the way. I play Steve Palmer, a video store
clerk who along with Greg Grunberg who plays Alan Stokes,
the owner of the video store. We are sort of cast with
saving the world from plasma rain using our vast knowledge
of disaster movies.
Brad Dourif: And I play a scientist who has figured out a
way in this scenario how to save the world and I lead them
to a place where they could, you know, they could begin
their quest to do that and then something happens and then
more things happen and then more and more things happen and
then the movieís over.
Jamie Ruby: Okay so a lot of things happen. What was
everybodyís favorite part of filming? You donít have to be
real specific if you donít want to butÖ
Brad Dourif: Well itís not getting up early in the morning
in the rain. That was not it.
Neil Grayston: Thereís a certain point where I donít drive
manual in real life like I have before, but it always seems
to be in the weirdest vehicles. Either itís a crazy super
powered sort of expensive vehicle like a Subaru WRX or itís
this van that we had that at a certain point was only
running because one of the teamsters went underneath it with
a bungee cord and did something, I donít know. But somehow
the engine was being held together with a bungee cord and
thereís a certain point where I have to drive the van and I
think that was maybe our first scene together Brad and
thereís no seatbeltsóthereís nothingóand I just sort of
accelerated and kept on going because I was like I donít
want to stall this van on this take. We donít have much time
left in the day and I think I might have given Brad a heart
attack. But you know what? I was thinking about it. I think
thatís payback for me being terrified by Chucky as a child
but Iím just going to say that.
Brad Dourif: Good for you. Iím very glad I fucked your
childhood up. Thatís my job. Yes, you know, it was a lot of
fun. I mean basically itís just hanging out with people, you
know, and getting to know new people and, you know, you go
out dinner and, you know, you get to know people. And then
these things had quite an improvisional thing going with it.
So a lot of the stuff was kind of made up on the spot which
Iím not usually great at, but they all work and it made it a
lot of fun for me to watch what people were doing.
Neil Grayston: Yes, you know, I would agree. That was
actually like - itís sort of my favorite part was the whole
filming process because it was a really sort of open and
free and it almost felt a little bit like gorilla film
making at certain times because we were just sort of - we
were fighting for the light all day.
But we also just got to play around especially a lot of the
scenes involved just me and Greg just sort of bantering back
and forth and we got to kind of explore that a lot and very
quickly. So it was a really fun shoot just in general and it
kind of all blurs together now that I think of it because it
was so open and free, but it was definitely one of my
favorite experiences filming something.
Lisa Hansen: Yes. Itís like the movieís kind of like ĎBill
and Tedís Excellent Disaster.í Youíve got these two really
interesting guys that are running this video store and
theyíre coming up with crazy solutions to how to save the
world and theyíre spot on right, you know. And when they...
Brad Dourif: And the crazier, the more right it is.
Lisa Hansen: Exactly. And, you know, like they go and they
have to rescue Brad but to do that they actually break him
out of a mental institution. I mean it just gets crazier and
crazier and it works and itís just a great fun ride.
Jamie Ruby: Well it sounds like itís going to be a lot of
fun. Canít wait to see it.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Kyle
Nolan with noreruns.net. Please proceed with your question.
Kyle Nolan: Hi everyone. Thanks for taking the time to talk
to us. So how did you prepare for this role? It says that
the characters are fan boys of disaster movies. Did you guys
just marathon disaster-movie and do you have any favorite
Neil Grayston: Actually, I did. I watched a lot of movies. I
watched a lot of disaster movies, but it also references a
lot of Syfy movies as well. So itís sort of...
Kyle Nolan: Yes, this is Syfy.
Neil Grayston: Iím sorry what?
Kyle Nolan: Yes this is - I donít think this is a straight
out disaster movie. I wouldnít - I would say itís a disaster
movie obviously, the end of the world is coming. But I guess
itís kind of a disaster, but itís really Syfy I think.
Neil Grayston: Yes. Itís just about preventing the disaster
more than anything. I mean thereís a lot of, you know, a lot
of things do happen that are disastrous. But yes in the end
it is - there is a pretty big focus on science. But with
that being said yes, Iíve watched a lot of movies that I
realized I hadnít seen. I remember watching the ĎLast
Starfighter.í I canít even remember everything that I
But just watching the movie again, there is a boatload of
pop culture references like references to Syfy movies and
disaster movies. Some of them overt, some of them just like
a simple little line. So I think genre fans will have a lot
of fun watching it and trying to find all the little
references and pick them out and everything. I was watching
it back there some of them that I was like I donít even
remember what that reference is, but I know it is a
reference and I know I watched that movie specifically. But
yes thereís just a ton of them.
Lisa Hansen: And I can say that development wise, you know,
we knew it was a whole lot of fun because you donít get to
reference other movies and, you know, take lines from them
and figure out, you know, creatively do that very often. So
it was hugely fun and, you know, from the writer to myself
to the actors. A lot of the lines everybody already knew.
I mean youíre talking about a whole group of people that are
huge Syfy fans that, you know, this is like a gift from the
heavens to get to develop this kind of movie and come up
with great lines and situations for, you know, from other
disaster films and have them actually work in saving the
world. It was just a hoot. And a lot of people like Greg is
a total nerd - a Syfy nerd and he knew, you know, he would
just spit out lines on the spot. You know, how about this
from this film. It was really a lot of fun.
Brad Dourif: Yes, Iím pretty sure on like the cutting room
floor we, you know, for certain teams weíll have like five
different references for the same sort of line. You know,
itís sort of like which one do we pick. I donít know, Iím
guessing from your side that would kind of be like that
because I remember doing that.
Lisa Hansen: Absolutely. Well and also we, you know, the way
the clearance procedure works you can, you know, because
weíre referencing other films so heavily and taking lines
from the films we could only have so many references per
film. So we had to like - you literally count the references
and go okay thatís enough for that film. Now we got to find
something else. I mean it was really a lot of fun.
Kyle Nolan: And can you talk a little bit about how this
project originally came about and how everyone got involved
Lisa Hansen: Well we pitched Syfy. You know, we are a
regular supplier to Syfy for, you know, these TV movies and
we pitched them this idea. We, you know, looked at something
that was different and out of the box and fun. You know,
because a lot of times these disaster - Syfy disaster movies
are very serious in talent and we wanted to go completely
against type and Syfy loved it and embraced it and, you
know, all the development execs at Syfy are also, you know,
huge Syfy fans of course.
So it was really, you know, a perfect project. The script
came together really quickly and it just all fell into
place. We actually offered Greg Grunberg the movie before we
even had a finished script and he loved it off the pitch and
said yes. You know, so we were like thinking very early on
and working with the Syfy development execs very early on
about this project and it came together really fast.
Kyle Nolan: And what about the actors? How did you guys get
Neil Grayston: I got offered the part and then I, you know,
they told me what the script was like and it sounded really
cool and they sent me one. And I think I said yes before
they sent me the script because it already sounded cool and
being a big fan of (Gruny) growing up and, you know, heís
always been on my TV I was like yes I want to work with him
of course. So I sort of jumped at the chance.
Lisa Hansen: Well for Brad it was easy. I mean we needed
somebody really unique in that role and there is, you know,
thereís not that many actors that have his ability and his
screen presence and the touch of crazy that we were looking
for. So we were, you know...
Kyle Nolan: This is great. It sounds like a great movie. I
canít wait to see it.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation magazine. Please proceed
with your question.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi. Such a pleasure to speak with everyone.
Neil Grayston: Hello.
Brad Dourif: Hey.
Lisa Hansen: Hi Jamie.
Jamie Steinberg: Hello. I was just wondering for the actors
could you talk about if there was anything that wasnít
scripted for you that you added to your role?
Neil Grayston: Well a lot of the movie actually. There was
yes like if you watch it, I think once you see it youíll see
especially in scenes where, you know, thereís multiple
people in the same shot. Thereís just a lot of sort of
banter and back and forth and sort of free form speaking. I
donít know. Just like a lot of it was improvised.
Brad Dourif: To tell you the truth itís hard to know what
was, you know, whatís going to be in the movie and what
happened. All I can tell you is it was, you know, I would
try to get in what I was supposed to. You know, I kind of
like knew that certain things had to be said that were
important and that were, you know, plot points and so forth
and you kind of struggled to get those through.
But the rest of it was pretty made up a lot of the time and
very different from take to take. So your guess is as good
as mine. I mean it was - especially stuff I did in the - I
had some scenes with a doctor and we stayed pretty much on
script during that time. But when the boys came direct to me
forget it. It was as though all of the script was over it.
It was - other stuff was going on and it was a lot of fun.
Jamie Steinberg: And was there instant chemistry when you
all began working together or did it take a bit of time for
you all to sort of gel?
Brad Dourif: No the chemistry for me happened the second I
walked into the, you know, to the makeup and hair and said,
you know, why the fuck are we in this business. You know,
and everybody was kind of went off on that and, you know,
you could see immediately it was going to be great. So that
was - it was right there for the first second.
Neil Grayston: Yes, the same thing for me. It was just sort
of instant. I knew a lot of the crew from just previously
working generally in Vancouver and yes just like everyone on
the set, the actors, everyone was great. So it was just sort
of an easy like oh yes all right, weíre having a bunch of
fun doing stuff. Letís go for it.
Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thanks so much guys.
Neil Grayston: Thank you.
Brad Dourif: Sure.
Operator: Our next question comes form the line of Stacy
Roberts with seriouslyomg.com. Please proceed with your
Stacy Roberts: Hi. If you guys could create an End of the
World scenario what would it be?
Brad Dourif: Well...
Stacy Roberts: Sorry.
Brad Dourif: You know, and I tell you what. If I really come
up with something, I ainít saying it on the phone.
Neil Grayston: Well thereís a movie to be made.
Brad Dourif: (Sell it).
Neil Grayston: A volcano that - bat cano, there we go.
Stacy Roberts: I mean but is there like an End of the World
scenario that scares you all?
Lisa Hansen: A fleshing eating disease.
Brad Dourif: I think itís an asteroid. I mean, you know,
that people use. But I would think an asteroid would be
really, really, really a scary thing. Yes, you know it was
coming and itís, you know, they wiped out the dinosaurs. I
mean, you know, if it wipes out dinosaurs, you know, Iím
toast, you know. Itís scary.
Neil Grayston: I mean unless we get Bruce Willis and Ben
Affleck on the case and then they can, you know, blow it up
Brad Dourif: Yes in some creepy little thing that looks like
a close up in a hairball or something.
Neil Grayston: Yes.
Stacy Roberts: And Neil with your, you know, history with
Eureka, Warehouse 13, and this do you ever want to do a
movie that or a TV show that isnít disaster related?
Neil Grayston: Yes that would totally be fun actually.
Coming up, I donít know when it airs but I did do - I had a
big part on an episode of Psyche coming up this seasons and
that was sort of like a nice bridge between the two because
itís, you know, the same company that does, you know, Eureka
and everything but totally grounded in a semi-real world. So
that was super fun. But no I would love to do that.
Stacy Roberts: Very cool. Thank you very much you guys and
Iím looking forward to the movie. It sounds awesome.
Neil Grayston: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Tony
Tellado with Syfy Talk. Please proceed with your question.
Tony Tellado: Hi gentlemen. Nice to talk to you again. Weíve
talked to each one of you individually. Itís nice to get you
both together and I know youíre both old hat at working with
special effects and also from a planning standpoint about
those effects how did that come about and for the actors
what was it like? Any new wrinkles this time around?
Neil Grayston: This one was actually - this one was pretty
easy effect wise to work with. Itís like - at least for me.
There wasnít a lot of sort of super interactive things as,
you know, opposed to say Eureka and Warehouse 13 where, you
know, Iím using a light saber to fight robot fighters or,
you know, thereís some other weird thing like shooting and
actually hitting me. This one was pretty simple for me at
least in terms of the special effects. But it was also just
a super fun ride.
Tony Tellado: And for Brad?
Brad Dourif: Most of the effects that were going on were -
we didnít even see them. I didnít see them. You know, it was
just stuff that - explosions or this and that that didnít
happen that we reacted to - that we had to react to. They
were big enough that we had to react to. So we were reacting
to things that werenít there, but thatís kind of like Iíve
been doing that my whole life. Even in the theater you have
to do that.
Tony Tellado: And from the planning standpoint how was that
on your end, maíam?
Lisa Hansen: Well, you know, itís always tricky to have
people be in situations where truly youíre seeing some kind
of major disaster flying at you and thereís nothing theyíre
looking at. Theyíre looking at a blank field and, you know,
thatís what good actors do is they sell those moments. And
the strength of this movie is on all these gentlemenís
performance. You totally buy that theyíre looking at this
stuff and itís fantastic.
I mean itís a combination of the director talking to them
about what itís going to look like. We do conceptual art in
advance. But really, you know, the schedules are so, short
the time is so limited, the daylight is so limited that, you
know, itís really falls on the actors to sell it in the
moment and these guys did a fantastic job.
Neil Grayston: Iíve got to say also seeing the movie and
this doesnít spoil anything, but the helicopter looked
really cool. I kind of forgot that there was when we were
filming it and I was like oh wow yes, all right work with
Lisa Hansen: Excellent.
Tony Tellado: Well I canít think of anybody better to save
the world than both you guys so Iím glad you guys are in our
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Barbara
Barnett with Blog Critics magazine. Please proceed with your
Barbara Barnett: Hi. Thanks for doing this conference call.
Barbara Barnett: As -- hi -- as someone who sits in front of
the TV and watches the Syfy disaster movies, this sounds
like itís going to be fun from the outset. Was it sort of an
inevitable idea after all of the many, many Syfy disaster of
the week movies and disaster Saturdays to do something
thatís sort of - what Iím almost picking up is a sort of a
galaxy quest than a disaster movie.
Lisa Hansen: Absolutely. Totally intentional, you know, to
do something that is this much fun you donít, you know, itís
not something you see all the time and whoís ever seen as
your heroes. You think about the archetype heroes. Whoís
ever seen two, you know, nobodies from a little video store
in the middle of nowhere, you know, kidnap or, you know,
break out of, you know, a scientist, you know, savant whoís
been labeled as insane out of a mental institution and save
Itís just a crazy fun premise, you know, and these guys are
like literally the world is falling apart outside and
theyíre like flipping through movies going well what about
this one, could it be this, no, itís not that. I mean itís
just crazy fun and thereís so many references to, you know,
great Syfy movies. Itís a total hoot. Just an, you know, an
opportunity that comes along once.
Barbara Barnett: Sounds like itís going to be fun. The last
question for you: It was great to see you on Once Upon a
Time last season. Any chance youíll come back to that season
as a flashback?
Brad Dourif: I think they killed me.
Barbara Barnett: I know they killed you.
Brad Dourif: Yes, I died. I canít come back. What?
Barbara Barnett: Okay, you canít come back even to haunt
Rumplestiltskin. Okay I get that.
Brad Dourif: I mean Iím delighted to come back, but my
chance - I think the chance of that happening is pretty slim
unfortunately. Thereís nothing like a paycheck, so Iím just,
you know, of course Iíd love to come back.
Barbara Barnett: And you have a quite a history in playing
some offbeat characters if not sinister characters. So it
would be great to see you -- it sounds like youíre playing
kind of a mad scientist type in this movie and Iím looking
forward to that. What is coming up next for you?
Brad Dourif: Well obviously Iíve shot everything that would
- I canít think. I mean, I did a lot of movies last year and
I donít think any of them are out and I canít even -- in my
poor mind I canít even go there. But thereís a bunch of - I
mean I did a bunch of movies.
Barbara Barnett: Okay.
Brad Dourif: Oh, I know. I know thereís going to be a new
Chucky and guess who plays the lead?
Barbara Barnett: Wait, can you - you cut out for a second.
Can you repeat that?
Brad Dourif: Yes. Thereís a new Chucky movie coming out.
Barbara Barnett: A new Chucky movie, okay.
Brad Dourif: And guess who plays the lead? My daughter.
Barbara Barnett: Oh youíre kidding. Oh wow.
Brad Dourif: No.
Barbara Barnett: So, you are supporting your daughter in a
Lisa Hansen: And she's a great actress. Sheís a really
Barbara Barnett: Wonderful.
Brad Dourif: Yes, she did a beautiful job. She did a
Barbara Barnett: I will look for that.
Brad Dourif: Iím very proud of her.
Barbara Barnett: Thatís great. Well good luck with this
movie. Iím looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks on
Syfyónot Chuckyóbut, Iíll see Chucky...
Brad Dourif: Yes, but youíll see Chucky this coming fall.
Barbara Barnett: Thanks guys. Thank you so much.
Brad Dourif: Sure.
Operator: And we have a follow-up question from the line of
Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please proceed with your
Jamie Ruby: Hi again. Did you guys do any stunts at all in
Brad Dourif: Any what?
Neil Grayston: I rode a bike.
Lisa Hansen: Stunts.
Jamie Ruby: He rode a bike.
Brad Dourif: Stunts.
Lisa Hansen: And weíre not talking about a motorcycle. Weíre
talking about like a girlís bike with little, you know,
fringe on the handlebars and a great big basket. Itís pretty
Neil Grayston: I canít remember honestly if I did any stunt
like things. I might have jumped around a bit and fallen on
stuff. I know whoís also in it. He originally was supposed
to be riding a motor bike but he wasnít - I donít think he
was that great at it and then it turned into him riding a
quad. So thatís kind of stunty, I donít know.
Brad Dourif: I didnít.
Jamie Ruby: All right.
Brad Dourif: I didn't. Definitely not.
Jamie Ruby: Okay. All right. Well I do have a sort of off
topic question for you Brad. If you wouldnít mind could you
maybe talk about your experience on the X-Files maybe your
favorite memory or something because I love the that episode
that you were in.
Brad Dourif: I just I guess my - the whole thing I did was
with Gillian (Anderson) and I just remember in the morning I
got there and I usually joke around and I was like joking
around trying to make this girl laugh and she just was
looking at me - was just looking straight ahead. She did not
react to me at all and I like, you know, got quieter and
And then I went on set and, you know, I had like - I
launched into this thing where it was like all of these, you
know, I had to go in and out of all these different
characters. And it was just like the night before Iíd
finally figured out how to do it so that it worked for me.
And I did it and no one said any- everybody was absolutely
stone faced and nobody said anything and I thought well, you
know, there is driving cabs and there is other things that
one can do with their life other than act. And then all of a
sudden, you know, Jillian started talking to me and it all
got great. But it was like the first day was - I just
thought it was awful, terrible.
Jamie Ruby: Well it seems like it was fun part anyway. I
enjoyed it. So thank you.
Brad Dourif: Yes, it was. I mean it wasnít a fun part.
Actually it was very, very difficult to figure out how to p-
because I have to go from person to person all these
different voices all in a row and finding a way to get them
to glide together was like very, very difficult for me.
Jamie Ruby: Well it didnít look like it was difficult for
you so thatís a good thing.
Brad Dourif: Well thatís the idea. I mean when you get it,
itís fine, you know. Up until then itís hard.
Jamie Ruby: All right. Well thank you very much.
Brad Dourif: Sure.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to register a
question press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.
And we do have another follow-up question from the line of
Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please proceed with your
Jamie Ruby: Okay, I can go again. Do you guys have any dream
projects that you would still love to do that you havenít
Neil Grayston: Oh man like a billion. I donít know. I sort
of, you know, I feel like Iíve done, you know, a fair
amount. But thereís still a lot that I have yet to do. I
mean Iíve never - I donít think Iíve done a straight up
comedy yet or, you know, a straight up drama in the sense
that I would like to do. I donít know. Just sort of I would
just want to keep on working doing cool stuff. So thereís a
billion of things out there Iíd love to do.
Jamie Ruby: Okay cool. Brad? Lisa?
Lisa Hansen: Oh absolutely. I mean we have a list of
projects that weíre working on. You know, one of the ones
that Iím, you know, that I really want to get made and itís
a difficult movie to pull off is called Story of My Life.
Itís a Jay McInerney project. And, you know, itís young
people growing up basically in very wealthy families, but
without any moral structure or any support from their
parents and kind of lost in the world.
And it was based on a series of articles that he wrote for
the Atlantic Journal or the Atlantic Monthly that was, you
know, about real people and itís a great project and itís
one that weíre in development on and thatís one of the ones
weíre really excited about.
Jamie Ruby: Awesome. Brad?
Brad Dourif: You know, Iíve had this - yes, thereís a - I
want to play, you know, like a - do a movie about getting
older. And Iíve actually tried to write this and Iím not a
writer. But yes, thatís all Iím going to say.
Jamie Ruby: Okay.
Brad Dourif: I want to do a movie - I mean I want to do a
movie about, you know, the problems that Iím facing, you
know, in life and, you know, how do you accept getting older
and how you accept your body changing and all that kind of
Jamie Ruby: Okay great. And what do you think you guys would
be doing if you werenít acting or producing or in this
Greg Grunberg: Hey guys. By the way itís Greg. Iím on the
call now. I apologize. What's up guys?
What did I miss?
Lisa Hansen: Just 30 minutes, thatís all.
Greg Grunberg: All right. So I was shooting and now I'm
between scenes so we're good.
Lisa Hansen: Oh great.
Neil Grayston: I guess Iíll jump into the answer. Wait what
was the question again? I totally forgot. I got too excited
that Greg was here.
Jamie Ruby: What would you be doing if you werenít working
in the business?
Neil Grayston: Probably like - Iíd like to say something
involving audio engineering, but I donít really know. Iím
not too sure. I've just sort of done this all my life.
Greg Grunberg: That was the worse answer ever. Jesus.
Neil Grayston: You know I have to do what I like. So Iím
like what, what else do I like. I guess I like tinkering
with things even though Iím a terrible musician.
Lisa Hansen: I would be a disc jockey. My previous life, I
was a disc jockey before I got into the film business so I
would probably still be spinning records somewhere.
Neil Grayston: Cool.
Greg Grunberg: I think Neil and I would open a porn video
store. Thatís what would happen.
Neil Grayston: Good for you dude. Good for you.
Greg Grunberg: ...porn.
Neil Grayston: You know.
Greg Grunberg: Honest. I'm being honest.
Brad Dourif: Iím a star. You know, I remember when I was
young, you know, and I was acting class somebody asked me,
you know, if this doesnít work what are you going to do and
I just turned white as a sheet and I went you know this
really does have to work because Iíd better fucking work man
or Iím in deep kaka.
Lisa Hansen: Well, at leastÖ
Greg Grunberg: Actually I would have a business. Dead honest
answer, I'd have a business, like I have an app, you know,
and Iím always thinking about this stuff and I just canít
stop that side of me. I mean whether itís successful or not,
I'm just always, you now, buzzing. I got that from my dad so
I know that I would have some sort of business going of some
kind probably in the auto engineering business.
Jamie Ruby: Okay great.
Lisa Hansen: And, Greg, one of the earlier questions that
since you joined in which I think would be great for you to
answer was they were asking, you know, preparation. What you
did to prepare for the part and how much of the stuff was
ad-libbed and, you know. I think thatís a good one for you
Greg Grunberg: I just saw the film for the first time and
Iím so proud of it. I got to be honest with you. I really
liked it and I watched it with my family. My boys loved it
and Iím not just saying that. Itís one of those movies that
you kind of go okay itís going to be a Syfy movie, the
effects are going to be cool. Obviously this is a company
that does great movies, but then you realize itís very human
like itís really funny and I had such a blast working with
And there was a lot -- it's hard -- like there were great
lines and I found my kids laughing at and stuff and then I
thought oh okay thatís improve. That was Neil and it just
brought back so many happy memories and how we came up with
stuff and working on it. Steven is such an amazing director
and he just rolls with it. He was like yes I love that letís
And most of the time that stuff I had found, you know,
throughout the shows that I have done it ends up edit room
floor because thereís so much story to tell and you donít
have time. But in a movie like this, moving it from one
point to the other, the whole nature of it is in reference
to great Syfy movies, great movies from the past. So we were
constantly thinking of, you know, taken what was written and
then expanding on it. And going oh this would be great, what
about this, and Neil you were great at that about coming up
I didnít do much preparing because Iím fan of the genre
anyway and I kind of knew the references. I wanted to be up
on the references. There were a couple that I didnít know as
sharp as I should have, but it was just such a blast. Itís
very entertaining this movie and so I just had fun from day
Operator: And we have a follow-up question from the line of
Stacy Roberts with seriouslyomg.com. Please proceed with
Stacy Roberts: Hi guys. Itís so - it sounds like since you
all did so much ad-libbing with this movie that there would
be a lot of goofs. Was there something that went too far?
Like what is something that you remember that just was so
Brad Dourif: It all went too far, you know, and everything I
was in went too far. I mean that was the whole point. You
know, you just let it go and it just was a movie of going
Lisa Hansen: Yes weíve got a short film of blooper reels.
You know, blooper material thatís pretty funny but itís like
so long. Itís, you know, it was - thereís a lot of it.
Greg Grunberg: We had a - you donít remember the site me,
you, and Mark on the side of the van?
Neil Grayston: Oh yes.
Greg Grunberg: He went so Three Stooges.
Lisa Hansen: It was.
Greg Grunberg: So you kind of go oh the next take I want to
make it funnier and funnier and Iím going to go bigger and
louder and it just got so ridiculous. It was a little bit of
it in there though I got to say like I was happy. I thought
oh god these guys, you know, Syfy fans that run a, you know,
an apocalyptic video store. The last guys who know how to
fight or how to really protect themselves. You know, so it
was such a sloppy, fun moment. That was one that I remember.
Neil Grayston: Yes that was a good one. I mean Iím glad how
it turned out in the cut of the movie because especially
what happens after the fight a little like whoa, is it
Greg Grunberg: Yes.
Neil Grayston: But yes that was - we did get pretty
ridiculous at a certain paint and it was fun.
Greg Grunberg: Yes. You know, that was an interesting thing
I found balance in and I think it plays really well in the
movie because it is funny. They are - and theyíre not trying
to be funny. You know, our characters and we were, you know,
referencing and playing out other scenes from other movies
in our head and using that knowledge obviously to save the
But, you know, it can get carried away at times and it just
didnít and you also have to balance the seriousness of like
youíre saying. I mean, you know, something huge happens
right after that moment - huge especially for Neil - for all
of us, but Neil especially.
Neil Grayston: Yes.
Greg Grunberg: And itís just - I, Neil played it great. I
mean he really, you know, it doesnít - thereís a lot of
times the levity can take the weight off of the seriousness
of the situation and it didnít. It worked...
Neil Grayston: Yes and itís almost we're like a spoof,
Brad Dourif: Greg, thatís quite - I know, I mean just to
reference another thing. That could be extremely dangerous a
line to walk on. I know that the first time we did Childís
Play, I was out of town and they needed somebody to do the
voice so they voiced it with somebody else and the guy kind
of did a comedy version and they took it in and screened it
and everybody hated it.
Greg Grunberg: Wow.
Brad Dourif: They thought it was awful. And I got this call
please, please, please come in and I was shooting another
movie and then as soon as it was over I came in and redid
the whole movie. But, you know, thereís a certain level of
fret and a certain level of, you know, of danger that has to
really be there even no matter how funny it is and how far
out it gets. If you donít, you know, find that thread and
keep it going seriously then you have nothing except my
experience. You know, I think everybody - yes go ahead.
Lisa Hansen: Oh itís an excellent point. I mean that was one
of the toughest things about cutting this movie. Like one
example I can come up with Brad plays Walter, this, you
know, genius scientist/author who had some out-there series
and winds up getting committed to a mental institution.
Gregís character is a huge fan of this guy so and now they
go to break him out and both guys are huge fans.
But Greg in the scene where they break him out and heís
sitting there in the back of the van with the hero. Itís
like the end of the world, there is a ticking clock, they
hardly have any time to save the world, they have to figure
out what to do and Greg is just staring at this guy drooling
basically. And, you know, it was his hysterical but it took
away from the threat. Like you still have to come back to
itís the end of the world and we got to get serious at a
certain point. I mean itís one of the things thatís on the
cutting room floor thatís kind of really sad because heís
literally crawling over himself looking at this guy.
And Brad has these great takes where heís looking at him
like what is wrong with you. Then again it took away from
the threat of the, you know, of the hospital that they just
tore away from just was demolished. You know, and you still
have to keep that threat going so thatís just one example
off the top of my head.
Stacy Roberts: And Greg, I have to ask. Have you spoken to
J.J. Abrams about being in the next Star Wars movie?
Greg Grunberg: I cannot comment on that in any way.
Neil Grayston: Yes, he was on his knees. Are you kidding me?
Brad Dourif: Exactly.
Greg Grunberg: Of course. You know, itís kind of hard. Let
me just say this itís, you know, I see the guy everyday
almost. I mean heís my closest friend. Our families get
together and everything and not to, you know, In the middle
of dinner to go into a great deal. I mean I could play this
role or that role and then I am all over. Iím such a huge
Star Wars fan so and heís amazing. I will of course beg and
plead, but who knows what will happen.
Stacy Roberts: Well Iíd love to see you in it and I canít
wait to see you in this movie. Thank you guys.
Greg Grunberg: Thanks.
Gary Morgenstein: I want to thank everyone - Brad, Neil,
Greg, Lisa. Thanks guys so much for joining and talking
about End of the World on Syfy Saturday, February 23 at 9:00
pm. Thanks again.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the
conference call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your line.
Syfy's new Saturday Original Movie, End of the World,
including Brad Dourif, Neil Grayston and Greg Grunberg. The
film pays homage to the passion and imagination of
science-fiction fans everywhere. In the movie, plasma rain
causes massive power surges, collapsing communication
networks and reducing cities into piles of ash. The end
nears. Who can save the world from destruction? Fan boys!
Two small town sci-fi fan boys, who work at a video store,
dig deep into their vast knowledge of disaster films to find
a plan that could rescue humanity from complete and total
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