“Escape from Planet Earth” stars Jessica Alba and Rob Corddry sit down with Metro World News to talk about their new animated film and what sorts of family movies they like to show their kids — but things get silly pretty fast. And Alba has a special message to kids: Don’t be too popular in high school.
METRO: You guys have been doing this together for a bit. At what point do you just start messing with each other in interviews?
Rob Corddry: God no!
Jessica Alba: I don’t know. No, I would never do that. That’s, like, so rude. Plus, he’s like my elder, so I just try not to be disrespectful.
RC: That’s true. So you sense the wisdom, and you just want to sort of bathe in it. You want to bathe in my wisdom.
JA: Yeah. I do. I mean just the fact that I’m even here is… it’s a blessing. I’m very lucky. I’m pinching myself. Is this a dream?
RC: This is really good for me, thank you.
This movie is another one of those things where the plot sort of hangs on the smart guy saving the day. How many times do you think audiences need to be told before they finally figure out that smart people should be respected?
RC: That it’s a good thing, being smart? Well, this is like a very good time for nerds in general. So hopefully you’re seeing it a lot more because it is more pervasive now, and kids will want to be smart.
JA: Like, anyone who peaks in high school is, like, a loser in life. So don’t peak in high school.
RC: Yeah, do poorly in high school.
JA: Socially! Don’t peak socially. Just make sure you’re unpopular. Right?
RC: Oh God, yeah. I hope my kids are just nerdy introverts.
What do you look for, as parents, in a family film, in what you’re taking your own kids to?
RC: I like to enjoy it myself. It makes it a lot easier, right?
JA: Something that you don’t hate is awesome as a parent.
RC: Because you’re going to watch it a lot. We’re lucky, too. I think it’s a good time to be parents in terms of media. Like, I missed the whole… what are the Australian dudes that sing?
JA: The Teletubbies? And the Wiggles. And the Barney.
RC: The Barney. We missed all of that. We have Pixar, and [“Escape from Planet Earth.”] So that’s great.
Well, I like to see that you’re not actually tearing each other apart.
JA: Just wait till you leave. It’s on.
As a bonus, Metro also caught up with “Escape from Planet Earth” co-stars Sofia Vergara and William Shatner. While Vergara had some kind words for her fans back home in Colombia, things got a little weird with Shatner: