The best of en­e­mies

Best mates Nick Frost and Si­mon Pegg aren’t so friendly in The World’s End.

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W E’VE loved them to­gether bat­tling zom­bies in Shaun of the Dead, play­ing with ac­tion cliches in Hot Fuzz and road- trip­ping with an alien in Paul.

We thanked the movie gods for their pres­ence as the an­i­mated Thomp­son and Thom­son in The Ad­ven­tures of Tintin.

And the geekier among us fi rst fell in love with them, to­gether, in the English TV com­edy Spaced.

But Si­mon Pegg and Nick Frost would like to clear things up: they are not a pack­age deal.

“We don’t fi ght against it … But I don’t think that’s how we see it our­selves,” Frost says.

“Be­cause Si­mon and I have been great friends for years and we have a cer­tain chem­istry … peo­ple as­sume we are dou­ble.”

Pegg agrees. “I wouldn’t like us to be re­duced to that, like, ‘ Oh it’s those two again’,” he says.

“I’m very proud of the work I do with Nick. I love work­ing with him be­cause I get to work with my best friend. “But Nick’s got a fi lm com­ing out next year,

Cuban Fury, which I’m not in, and I do stuff with­out Nick … We’ve done more stuff apart than we have to­gether.”

So, for the record, Frost, 41, will play a for­mer salsa cham­pion forced to face his demons on the dance fl oor in Cuban Fury. He’s also gone Peg­g­less in movies such as

The Boat That Rocked and Snow White and the Hunts­man and will again in a new UK TV com­edy, Mr Sloane.

And Pegg, who has gone sans- Frost in movie fran­chises in­clud­ing Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble and Star Trek, will soon re­turn to Aus­tralia to shoot Kill Me Three Times with­out his best mate. “I’m mak­ing a fi lm in Perth later this year,” the 43- year- old says. “Kriv Sten­ders, who I’m ex­cited to work with. “[ He’s] a great Aus­tralian fi lm­maker. Great script. I hadn’t seen Kriv’s work un­til af­ter I’d read the script so it was a nice val­i­da­tion of my de­ci­sion to say yes,” Pegg says of his de­ci­sion to work with the di­rec­tor of Red Dog.

While there’s lit­tle chance the cin­e­matic chem­istry be­tween th­ese two will ever lay dor­mant for too long, their new fi lm The World’s End marks the end of a tril­ogy of sorts that be­gan in 2004 with Shaun of the Dead and was fol­lowed three years later by Hot Fuzz.

“It’s the end of a phase, but it’s not the end,” says Pegg, who co- wrote the three fi lms with di­rec­tor Edgar Wright. “We never did a third se­ries of Spaced, we rather missed the boat on that one. So to ac­tu­ally do some­thing to its nat­u­ral con­clu­sion feels like an ac­com­plish­ment.”

Well aware they’re per­ceived as be­ing very much like their Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz char­ac­ters, Pegg and Frost turn against each other in The World’s End.

“We’d al­ways said at one point we were go­ing to have to play mor­tal en­e­mies or lovers,” Frost says. The ro­mance will have to wait.

Pegg plays Gary King, a 40- some­thing with ad­dic­tion is­sues still wear­ing the same goth getup he did in high school.

When Gary gets the old gang back to­gether – in­clud­ing real­tor Oliver ( Martin Free­man), body-proud Steven ( Paddy Con­si­dine), down­trod­den Peter ( Ed­die Marsan) and lawyer Andy ( Frost) – to com­plete the pub crawl that bested them 20 years ago, they re­alise their home town has been in­vaded by aliens.

Andy holds a huge grudge against Gary and that, says Pegg, was “a nice lit­tle twist in the dy­namic”.

“The diffi culty when you play en­e­mies is that most of the fi lm you’re apart; it’s not un­til the show­down that you fi nally come to­gether. This af­forded us the op­por­tu­nity to be at odds with each other but be to­gether through the fi lm.”

It’s not just the ap­pear­ance of a Cor­netto ice­cream that ties The World’s End to­gether with Shaun and Hot Fuzz. All three movies de­light in fi nd­ing hu­mour in ev­ery­day blokes fac­ing some­thing apoc­a­lyp­tic.

Or, as Pegg puts it: “Edgar and I have this the­ory that what we’ve done over the past 10 years is make Tro­jan horses. The big genre things defi ne them – it’s a zom­bie fi lm, it’s an ac­tion fi lm, it’s an apoc­a­lypse movie – but re­ally, they are fi lms about male friend­ship and the strug­gle of the in­di­vid­ual. Slightly more com­plex ideas are smug­gled in un­der the guise of th­ese big, broad, silly come­dies.”

“You wouldn’t know that by look­ing at that,” Frost blurts out, point­ing at a World’s End poster fea­tur­ing him­self and Pegg pulling faces.

THE WORLD’S END Now Show­ing State and Vil­lage cinemas

GET­TING THE GANG BACK TO­GETHER: From left, Nick Frost, Ed­die Marsan, Si­mon Pegg, Paddy Con­si­dine and Martin Free­man in The World’s End.

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