Interview: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
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TNS is in Claridges - the ballroom to be specific. Walking into the main lobby we spy Elton John having tea, this place is pretty darn posh. Simon Pegg is surprisingly cool in the flesh, along the lines of his mate Chris Martin, only with thick rimmed black glasses and a more contained ego. Nick Frost looks so friendly and warm you just want to give him a big bear hug. It’s still hard to believe these two are movie stars. While they may not be your strictly archetypal leading men, movie stars they are, this time teaming up with Greg Motolla (Adventureland, Superbad) and flitting off to Hollywood to make alien road-trip movie Paul. Simon and Nick kick things off by talking about their favourite movie aliens, aside from Paul of course. “In Starship Troopers, in the scene where they are attacking the base, about five rows back on the left, that guy. He’s just giving it more than the others, do you know what I mean?” Pegg says with a cheeky glint in his eye. Frost quickly butts in, “I think ET or the lovely water aliens from The Abyss, they were nice.” The film has been described as a ‘love letter’ to sci-fi, its Valentine’s Day release rather timely. Despite this, and the fact Pegg’s memoir is called Nerd do Well, the pair deny they are like their sci-fi enthusiast characters, “Well, we look like them.” Frost jokes to possibly avoid the comparison to their geeky counterparts. Pegg quickly takes over, “We're kind of nerdy like that but we're higher functioning nerds. We're married for a start we don't live alone. Nick and I are best friends before we're colleagues so we channelled a little bit of our own romance into it.”
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