With Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg‘s awesome movie The World’s End now playing around the world, the other day I got a chance to sit down with Frost and Pegg for an extended video interview. Since they’ve been traveling the world promoting the film, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.
During the very wide-ranging interview, they talked about making The World’s End, the overwhelming response to the film on Twitter, not compromising the film’s Britishness to potentially be more successful in the U.S., accomplishing what they wanted to do within the constraints of the budget, changes along the way, filming the action sequences, and so much more. In addition, they talked about Ben Affleck playing Batman, what we have to do to get Frost cast as Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four movie, Pegg posting a picture on Twitter pointing at Ant-Man, their personal collections of art, the weirdest thing they saw in America during their road tour, their friendship, and Pegg addresses recent headlines that said, “Simon Pegg Says ‘Fuck You’ to Star Trek Fans.” Trust me, if you’re a fan of Pegg and Frost, you’re going to enjoy this interview. Hit the jump to watch.
Here’s the time index of the interview. That way you can watch the parts that interest you. And if you missed my extended video interview with Edgar Wright, watch it here.
- :20 – Talk about the successful opening weekend of The World’s End.
- 1:00 – Seeing the overwhelming response to the film on Twitter. They say it’s important that people turn out for The World’s End so they’re able to make another film together.
- 2:11 – Not compromising the film’s Britishness to potentially be more successful in the U.S.
- 3:40 – Did they feel more pressure with The World’s End since the first two films were received so well?
- 5:02 – Talk about the fact that all three films have a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- 5:41 – Accomplishing what they wanted to do within the constraints of the budget. Pegg says for the longest time they took the sculpture out of the script because they only had $30 million but the script was supposed to cost $60 million.
- 6:13 – Pegg answers a phone call and Frost jokes around.
- 6:38 – Talk about their effects people and being able to fully realize their vision with the budget given.
- 8:09 – Were there any major changes along the way, from inception to the finished product? Pegg says their first finished draft was very close to the final product. Once on set, they don’t improvise much.
- 10:01 – Filming the bathroom action sequence. Talk about the crazy talented stunt performers and how they collaborated with them to put together the fight scenes.
- 12:17 – Twitter questions. What do they think about Ben Affleck playing Batman?
- 13:29 – Pegg addresses headlines that said, “Simon Pegg Says ‘Fuck You’ to Star Trek Fans.” Clears up his intention with the statement.
- 14:32 – The madness that ensued when Pegg posted a picture of himself standing next to Ant-Man.
- 15:09 – What do we have to do to get Nick Frost cast as Ben Grimm? Pegg makes a plea to the folks at Marvel to get Frost cast.
- 15:44 – When are they going to do a gallery event in the UK?
- 16:33 – Their personal collections of art. Frost says it’s a hobby of his to collect art. Pegg talks about his Vader Project piece.
- 17:38 – What’s the weirdest thing they saw in America during their road tour?
- 18:17 – Boxers, briefs, or commando?
- 18:32 – Would they rather be faced with zombies, criminals, or robots?
- 19:00 – What do they feel is each other’s best acting roles? Frost says World’s End for Pegg, and Pegg talks about Frost’s role in Money and World’s End.
- 21:04 – What’s the biggest thing they’ve learned over the three films? Talk about perspective and holding onto their integrity.
- 22:28 – Talk about their deep friendship and how often they’ve been to the pub together.
- 23:41 – What were they actually drinking in the shooting of the film since they couldn’t have alcohol on set? It was slightly carbonated water, a burnt sugar mixture, and cream soda on top.
- 24:15 – How was it for Frost not playing the goofball? Says it makes no difference, it about what character the film needs. Pegg says he loved playing the goofball this time around and Hot Fuzz was tough to make because he had to be so serious.
- 25:33 – Frost has to leave the interview and Pegg goofs around with him.