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Was a reunion for its stars, writes
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.
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