SDCC 2013: The World’s End Cast Interviews

san-diego-comic-conI don’t think I’ve mentioned how envious I am that the UK already gets to see The World’s End, but I am. Incredibly.

But while we’re still waiting for our Cornetto trilogy marathons, we did get to chat with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright at Comic Con. Check out some of the topics discussed, along with full audio, after the jump.

Comic Con, while fun, can be an incredibly stressful experience. There’s just so much to see and do, and it’s hard to prioritize and cram it all in. It’s worth it, though, when you get to geek out a bit and listen to people talk about shows and films you’re excited about. That’s what I got to do with some of the cast and the director of The World’s End.

Nick Frost was up first. Given that The World’s End is about a pub crawl gone a bit wonky, inevitably the topic of pub crawls came up. Nick revealed that while he’s been on a few, even an unsuccessful one with Simon and Edgar (apparently Edgar is a bit of a lightweight), he’s not a huge fan. “I like to sit down at the pub,” he says. “I mean, to me, I don’t see the point of walking between pubs. I think you’re either drinking or doing cardio, so it’s – why would you do both?”

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Fair enough, Mr. Frost, fair enough. Nick also chatted a bit about taking on a slightly more serious role. We know that Andy, Nick’s character in the film, is the responsible one. He’s married, he’s a family man with a good career – definitely a different rapport with Simon’s character than he’s had in the other films. It sounds like he enjoyed the challenge of taking on something new, saying that as an actor, it was a “treat” to act and play someone new. Not only was the role more serious, but more physically challenging as well.

While the movie is about a group of friends trying to relive their teenage antics, don’t expect any of that from this trio. Nick was pretty adamant that his relationships with Simon and Edgar have always moved forward and not lingered in the past. “I’m a person who goes forward…I don’t know anyone from school, I don’t know anyone from when I was a young man,” he says.

Edgar Wright echoed this sentiment, saying that if we’re looking for a positive message to take from the film, it’s that “it’s a good idea to look forwards and not backwards.” This appears to be a smart strategy for Mr. Wright, who is admittedly awful at the whole pub crawl experience.

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He talked about two different pub crawl experiences – for the first one, he actually was a teenager. He told a hilarious story about what transpired next (there was a clothesline involved). The next one wasn’t much more successful – he only made it through 4 pubs with Nick and Simon several years later before calling it quits. It wasn’t all bad, though, because that second experience wound up becoming the inspiration for The World’s End.

Moving from booze to ice cream, when asked about the flavor of this particular film, he answered, “This is mint. The film is mint, that’s my quote.”  Short and sweet (and, incidentally, my personal favorite).

It’s not all fun and games in the movie, though – there is an actual invasion happening. He drew inspiration for the baddies from the things he found creepy as a child, like Stepford Wives and the autons from Doctor Who.  I definitely have to agree on this bit; the thought of animated, robotic dolls (or aliens) that keep coming at you no matter what? Yeah, creepy.

With the alien apocalypse happening, someone asked Simon Pegg what he feared most, apocalyptically speaking. “I think the most apocalyptic thing that can happen to you is your happiness is taken away in some way,” he said, relating it to Gary, his character in the movie, who he says no longer has the things that once made him happy.

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Simon reiterated Nick and Edgar’s comments about moving forward in relationships, though he admitted that sometimes it’s ok to look back, but only temporarily. “You can’t fuel a friendship with just that,” he said. Even so, he wrote the character of Gary King for himself, wanting to be the funny one for a change.

Another interesting topic of conversation came up when someone asked Simon about his most recent blockbuster, Star Trek Into Darkness. By now, everyone knows about the Khan/not Khan debate in the months leading up to the movie’s release. When asked why he answered “no” to the question of whether or not John Harrison was Khan in an interview last year, Pegg simply stated that he didn’t feel he owed that person the truth.

“We protect our film at all costs because the audience reaction to it is extremely important to us. Some people might want to anesthetize themselves against the twists and turns by knowing what’s going to happen, but I’m not interested in helping those people do that,” he said. He went on to say that he grew tired of people asking him about it, and so eventually he just said “f*ck you, I’m going to lie!” Now, I am one of those people who likes to read spoilers to prepare myself for what’s coming, but I really admire how candid he was in his answer.

As you can see, lots of good stuff here! There’s plenty more where this all came from, so if you want to check out the full audio of the interviews, you can do so below. I’ll just be over here waiting to buy my tickets to a screening of the trilogy…

The World’s End opens in US theaters on August 23rd.

Reporter: Mirjana

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