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Will Forte Discusses His Ideal Alien Abduction - Exclusive

Jake Van Wagoner's latest film, "Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out," revolves around a teenage boy, Calvin (Jacob Buster), who believes that both of his parents were kidnapped by extraterrestrials when he was a child. He has dedicated his entire life to learning about space, and now with his new friend, Itsy (Emma Tremblay), he has one shot to reconnect with them as the comet that accompanied their disappearance passes by Earth again.

Alongside these teen stars, Will Forte appears as Calvin's father, Cyrus. A loving father, Cyrus is in the middle of setting up a telescope with his young son to watch the comet when he vanishes, essentially leaving Calvin to raise himself. Now that Forte has had the opportunity to get up close and personal with alien abductions, he has a few thoughts about what would make for the ideal alien encounter, which he shared in an exclusive interview with Looper.

Saving humanity

Ultimately, Will Forte wouldn't want to be abducted by aliens unless he could take the entire crew along with him — and by "entire crew," we mean the whole population of planet Earth. The only circumstance in which Forte would feel comfortable being beamed up into the sky is an altruistic one. He agreed to this hypothetical scenario: "If they said, 'We are going to abduct you and we're going to abduct everybody in the human race. Everyone's going to come hang out on this other planet for a while, and we're going to go down and we'll clean up your planet. We'll put solar panels on all houses.'" 

Kind of like an "Extreme Makeover: Earth Edition" situation.

But Forte also admits that his first instinct tapped into survivalism. "I thought initially, 'Oh, if they were going to harm the planet, but they were saving me,' but then I felt like that was pretty selfish." So it sounds like in the event of an alien invasion, Forte has the best interests of the planet at heart.

"Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out" premiered on January 20 at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. A release date has not yet been announced.