Thursday 21 September 2017

Pegg wanted to be film's 'wild man'

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost worked together on the Cornetto trilogy
Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost worked together on the Cornetto trilogy

Simon Pegg was determined to play the "wild man" in his latest film The World's End, according to director Edgar Wright.

The actor plays an alcoholic in the sci-fi comedy about a group of friends who discover an alien invasion during an epic pub crawl in their hometown. The film is the third in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, following Shaun Of The Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), and Edgar - who directed all three - said Simon enjoyed playing a less restrained character.

"What's funny is that, in the first two movies, he's maybe been too generous by giving the wild parts to other people," he said.

"In Shaun Of The Dead he plays the everyman, and in Hot Fuzz he almost plays the straight man, so in this one he wanted to play the wild man."

"I think he's amazing in it. Simon is a great actor," he added.

The films also star Nick Frost, and Edgar said the trio work well together.

"We just agree on a lot of things and we work together very well," he said. "In a way this script was the most harmonious of the three to actually write. We knew exactly what we wanted to do and set out to do it."

Edgar also revealed his plans for a movie version of TV show Kolchak: The Night Stalker are still in the pipeline, with Johnny Depp still attached.

"A script has been written quite recently actually. I'm obviously busy for the next couple of years so whether they'll carry on without me I don't know," he said.

:: The World's End is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

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