If the end of the world really is nigh, at least we have decided who we want to save us: Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.
The two actors were picked as the Hollywood action heroes best placed to save humanity from the brink of disaster in an online poll of 2,000 in Britain.
More than one in four respondents put their faith in Willis, who played Harry Stamper in Armageddon, and Weaver, who was Ellen Ripley in Aliens.
The survey, carried out by OnePoll for online movie provider blinkbox, revealed that 57% of people were aware of the Mayan prophecy of the apocalypse and 13% confessed to being worried.
An asteroid strike was the most likely cause of the end of the world, closely followed by a natural disaster and a nuclear explosion, according to the poll.
Those surveyed also revealed where they would feel safest when the apocalypse arrives: 27% said in an underground bunker and 26% said at home, while 6% picked under a duvet.
Asked which movie best resembled what the end of the world will look like, respondents plumped for The Day After Tomorrow, the 2004 flick in which global warming ushered in a new ice age.
Natalie Haynes, a comedian and film reviewer, said: “Hollywood has been obsessed with humankind’s imminent demise recently so the hype around the Mayan apocalypse reflects our current neuroses.
“We used to fear manmade crises like nuclear war, but now it all feels beyond our control.”
Paddy Power released odds for the likelihood that the Mayan prediction will be proved right. They are offering 5,000-1 for the world to end on Dec 21, 2012 and 3,000-1 for it to end any day in 2012.
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