Ruben Fleischer didn't think his motion picture directorial debut would involve 45 days of filming disfigured zombies getting maimed by a roller coaster, shooting hundreds of bloodied corpses running at full speed or capturing a flesh-eating bride as she lunges at her groom. Not that that's a bad thing.
"My dream was to get to make a movie and the experience of actually making a movie so far exceeded my dreams of whatever I thought to be possible," said the history-major-turned-director.
"Zombieland" takes place in a post-apocalyptic society plagued by the living dead, where Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are a lone band of survivors who team up and travel across the country, seeking refuge at an amusement park in California they believe to be a zombie-free zone.
"It's one of those things where you have to manage to stay alive and avoid getting eaten by zombies, but other than that there's nothing to do," Fleischer said.