movies: Alien in­va­sion at World’s End ........................

Was a re­union for its stars, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS -

SI­MON Pegg says that film­ing The World’s End felt like a re­union of old friends. Di­rected by Edgar Wright, the film also stars Nick Frost, Paddy Con­si­dine, Ed­die Marsan and Bond girl Rosamund Pike.

The film is the fi­nal in­stal­ment of their so-called Cor­netto tril­ogy, fol­low­ing hit come­dies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. It also fea­tures many of the stars of ’90s TV show Spaced.

‘‘It means a hell of a lot to us that we’ve been al­lowed to do this,’’ says Pegg.

‘‘I love mak­ing films in this coun­try and I love the tal­ent in this coun­try and I re­ally want to con­tinue mak­ing films here, if I can.

‘‘Ev­ery­body that was in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are in this film.

‘‘We had peo­ple back that we have worked with for a long time, Mark Heap, Ju­lia Deakin from Spaced, Michael Smi­ley, an old friend of ours.

‘‘It was some­thing of a re­union. And the film is about that kind of thing any­way, so it was fit­ting.’’

The World’s End is about a group of child­hood friends who re­unite af­ter 20 years to re­cre­ate an epic pub crawl in their home town, cul­mi­nat­ing at The World’s End pub.

Pegg plays Gary King – ‘‘The King’’ as he prefers to be known – who con­vinces his old school­mates to re­turn to their home­town and fin­ish an epic pub crawl they once at­tempted as teens.

He is joined by Frost as straight-guy Andy, Martin Free­man ( The Hob­bit)

stars Nick Frost, Ed­die Marsan, Si­mon Pegg, Paddy Con­si­dine and Martin Free­man. as Oliver, Ed­die Marsan as Peter and Paddy Con­si­dine as Steven. Also join­ing the crew is Rosamund Pike, as Oliver’s sis­ter Sam. Steven and Gary still hold a flame for her.

Gary doesn’t worry his old friends hate him. He’s more con­cerned no one knows the group of friends who once went by the name The Five Mus­ke­teers.

New­comer Pike says of join­ing the team: ‘‘It was very in­tim­i­dat­ing com­ing in. It was bit like go­ing out to the pub with your older broth­ers. But then I got over it and it was great fun.’’

Frost prom­ises fans the end of the Cor­netto tril­ogy is not the end of his part­ner­ship with Pegg and Wright.

‘‘It’s the end of this, it’s not the end of us. That’s it re­ally,’’ he says. ‘‘It just means we can move on and do some­thing else to­gether.’’

Wright adds: ‘‘Af­ter the sec­ond film we al­ways felt that we had to do a third so it re­ally feels im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing that it’s done.’’

The World’s End opens to­day.

The World’s End

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