‘This Is the End’ Asks: Who Are the Best Pop Culture Friends to Have During the Apocalypse?

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Chances are, you’ve mentally assigned each and every one of your friends the situations in which they prove of most utility. You’ve got your friends who are best at parties. Your friends who are best to go to the movies with. Your friends who’ll pick you up at the airport (and won’t be late!). You’ve got one for everything. But have you got any apocalypse friends? That’s where it gets a little trickier. See, it takes a very special kind of person to prove useful in the face of the world’s end. But the eclectic wonderland that Hollywood is has its own share of Armageddon-ready characters, both fictional and of our strange, magical planet.

This Is the End throws a whole bunch of celebrities into the mix for a bona fide Armageddon: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson lead the journey (with a slew of others showing up throughout). But there are plenty of worthwhile candidates for an apocalyptic team that the film missed. Check out our Friends for the End gallery, and compile your own troupe for when the day finally hits.

Apoca-Let’s Hang Out! Friends for the End of the World

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.