P.J. Byrne Talks ‘Final Destination 5,’ Flashing Jennifer Aniston & the Kristen Stewart Connection
P.J. is set to star in the fifth Final Destination installment (which comes out Friday) and Celebuzz chatted with the hilarious star about everything from his saucy scene with Jennifer Aniston, what is was like filming a special effects-heavy horror film, and how he’s working with a member of the Kristen Stewart clan!
First of all, Horrible Bosses was just so hilarious.
Thanks! Everyone on that set was great. It always feels good when you like a movie and everyone on set was really sweet and supportive of each other.
What is one of the funniest moments that happened on set?
I knew I was going be working with Jennifer Aniston and we’d have a precarious scene together. We were trying to figure out where to put the cameras and how to light my underwear. The first time I met her, I had my pants down. That wasn’t my dream meeting of her.
Well, at least she’ll remember you that way, right?
What drew you to your role in Final Destination 5?
When I read the script, I saw the major 3D action bus sequence where I get to fly at the camera at 100 mph and go off a bridge on a bus. I know I’m not that good looking of a guy, so I thought this might be my only shot at being an action star. I thought the acupuncture stuff would be really fun until I realized that those were real needles they were going to put in me. It’s not CGI. When it popped in my forehead and belly, it’s all real. They took me to an acupuncturist beforehand to try it. When they put two in my ear, that shut me down. Avoid that.
Have you seen all the other Final Destination movies?
Yes. They’re so great. That’s part of the reason why I signed up to do it. There’s such a rich tradition of these cool interesting deaths. It was my chance to leave a mark of death. New Line really stepped it up with this one. It’s a rare thing to have the entire studio so behind you. It makes the experience a lot richer.
Have you seen the movie yourself yet?
I have. You’ve got to see it in 3D. That’s the coolest part. They went out and got Steven Quail for it. We were using a camera that only Scorsese used, and then we got the guy who came up with the technology. You really get the full screen picture and he uses the 3D so intricately. It’s not in your face all the time, but it helps with the story. You kind of go into the screen a little bit. There are so many great reviews for it already.
It seems like people are really loving these films considering this is the fifth one.
I think the fourth one wasn’t critically reviewed too much so the producers wanted to raise the bar for this fifth one for the fans. They got more seasoned actors. The deaths are bigger, the 3D is crazier – the whole thing is just a bigger movie.
You sound pretty fearless when it came to watching it. Were there any parts you had to look away?
Yeah, it’s so funny because even though I knew it was going to happen I still got scared! I did the table read and was there the day of shooting it. It took about a week of shooting to film everybody’s deaths. Everybody knew who was dying that week because of who was there all week. They were long days and everyone got along. That being said, it blew my mind to watch the deaths go down. The cast got to see it together and we were all screaming in our seats. It was great.
As an actor it must be awkward filming those scenes because nothing is really happening, but when you see it, it looks like the people are actually getting limbs chopped off and all that good stuff.
It’s mindboggling. When you do movies like these – not only for special effects like when I pull a needle out of my heart – you really have to raise your imagination and go to a dark place. A lot of the times – in the bridge part especially – everything around you is green. There’s nothing but green screen, and you have to imagine it all and pretend it’s right in front of you. Even when you’re done for the day, you hear random noises and you’re on the edge of your seat.
Is there any actor that you’re just dying to work with?
I can talk for days about actors and directors. Some cool people out there that are doing awesome things are Louis CK, Jason Gann and Charlie Day. I’d work with them in a second. Danny McBride is also doing cool stuff. It’s nice to see actors producing. A director I’d like to work with is Thomas McCarthy for the way he infuses comedy and drama so seamlessly. At the end of the day, I’ve been really lucky to work with some really good directors already.
What other projects do you have coming up?
I’m going back to The Game on BET. Every Tuesday, I’m doing a new Nickelodeon voiceover series called The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra. I’m also working on K11 with Jules Stewart, who is Kristen Stewart’s mom. DB Sweeney and Goran Visnjic are in it. It’s a pretty intense movie – a really serious, hardcore drama. I like to mix it up. I go back to work next week on it.