Simon Pegg: The Cornetto Trilogy and Beyond
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English actor, screenwriter, and comedian Simon Pegg is loved on screens both in the UK and internationally. For many, he is the epitome of geek actor made valuable – from his early TV role in Spaced to inaugurating performances in The Cornetto Trilogy, he promptly established stardom in coveted Hollywood roles. With such a wealth of great movie and TV performances behind him, here’s a look at Simon Pegg’s growth as a film star. What started off as a recurring joke in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz - ‘want anything from the shop?’ – saw Pegg with his acting companion Nick Frost break new ground in a comedy/horror/parody subgenre. Directed by Edgar Wright, the simple repeated use of a brand reference became a thematic continuation for new concepts continuing from one film to the next. Pegg dominates in his role as police constable Nicholas Angel in Hot Fuzz, leaping over walls, chasing crime, and ultimately being a far too good policeman. The value of friendship between himself and Frost’s PC Danny Butterman is spreads across the trilogy despite taking on different roles each time. The pair of actors are prone to reusing gags, actors and the overall buddy movie concept, and over the course of the three films manage to each time transform their 'losers' into 'winners'.
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