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What sort of set does director Jonathan Levine (cancer comedy 50/50) run?

He sets this beautiful tone on set that is fun and open and collaborative.

He plays a lot of music and jokes around, and that was integral to our movie – it’s a fun movie and that energy and fun translates onto the screen. 

Music plays a key role in the film with songs by The Black Keys and Bruce Springsteen – what sort of music did Levine play on the set?

He played a lot of his own music, underground American rap like Mobb Deep and The Roots, which was great for me and [The Daily Show’s] Rob Corddry, who grew up listening to that sort of thing.

It was edgy music that made you feel very cool, so we felt we were making a really cool, unique movie. 

Is John Malkovich, who plays your dad, as scary as you’d think?

I was pretty intimidated to start off with [when I knew] he was going to play my dad.

It’s funny because he’s not an intimidating force at all. Watching him on set is the best acting school you could ask for.

He’s hilarious and light-hearted, incredibly humble and generous, and has a cracker sense of humour – really not what you’d expect! 

Are zombies the new vampires?

There seems to be a lot of zombie films popping up right now, and there’s things like The Walking Dead [on TV].

It’s a genre people are always intrigued by and there are some members of society who think we are really headed towards some sort of zombie apocalypse, which is interesting in itself. 

You’re a joint first ticket holder for the Port Adelaide Power footy club – does that confuse people in Los Angeles?

No one over here knows what Aussie rules is!

When I talk about being the joint ticket holder they say, “You mean soccer?” “No!” “You mean rugby?”

“No!!” For me it is second nature, I grew up going to the football since I was five.

I love watching the sport but it’s hard to watch it in LA. I try and catch games when I can.


Warm Bodies is out in cinemas from February 8 through Entertainment One 

Photos: Getty


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