A Minute With: Craig Robinson masters the apocalypse. Twice

Wed Jun 5, 2013 6:48am EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Craig Robinson won over audiences as the warehouse manager Darryl on NBC's long-running sitcom "The Office" but now the actor is taking on the apocalypse as he moves into films.

Chicago native Robinson, 41, will star in two comedies centered around the biblical end of the world, playing a megalomaniac Satan in indie comedy "Rapture-Palooza" that is out in theaters on Friday.

In "This is The End," out next week, Robinson will play himself in a cast of celebrities forced to deal with the apocalypse after attending a party at James Franco's house.

Robinson talked to Reuters about leaving "The Office," developing his own television show and re-enacting Spider-Man with Franco, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride.

Q: You have two movies coming out, and both are about the biblical rapture. Have you fully mastered the apocalypse?

A: I will rule the apocalypse, yes. I know exactly what needs to be done, what you need to keep and what you need to let go of. People are the same. If you're nice in life, you're probably going to be nice in the apocalypse. It's all about survival.

Q: What was your favorite part of playing a megalomaniac politician who also happens to be Satan in "Rapture-Palooza?"

A: I was cracking up at his insecurity and wanting to be loved, he was a complex dude and it was so much fun to play ... The way he would go back and forth in his own monologue, that's what really made me want to be a part of the project.   Continued...

Actor Craig Robinson, one of the stars of the new film "Peeples" produced by Tyler Perry arrives at the film's premiere in Hollywood May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser