This weekend the end credits on the last installment of the "Blood and Ice Cream" films will roll, signaling the end of the much beloved cornetto trilogy that has celebrated the individual making a stand, madcap fun, and friendship overcoming all obstacles.
At the heart of each film Nick Frost and Simon Pegg play a set of best friends who picture after picture have become some of the most identifiable buddy duos of our generation. Because who wouldn’t keep their best friend as a zombie pet to play video games with? Or shoot a gun in the air while having to choose between your parent and a friend?
With The World’s End we close a chapter, as this is not an actual final movie but more of a parting of ways for a while as director Edgar Wright will go to work on Ant-Man, with Pegg and Frost on a number of features.
Here with the help of some handy-dandy GIF’s we’ll illustrate the trio reflecting their first era of friends making movies they want to see.
Simon Pegg on the inspiration behind Shaun of the Dead:
“We wanted to make a zombie movie because we kinda bonded over George Romero and we hadn’t seen a zombie movie for a very long time that- there just hadn’t been one. The Resident Evil gang reignited that love for the fumbling kinda weird eerie zombie that Romero had popularized and it kind of inspired us to make the movie.”
Edgar Wright on the burgeoning popularity of Shaun of the Dead:
“I don’t think we’d be here now talking about it of it wasn’t for the internet, coming to Comic-Con nine years ago, it becoming a word of mouth sort of thing changed our lives. Coming here and internet buzz, getting the word of mouth. “Oh have you seen this British Zombie movie?”
Nick Frost on making the humor in the movies funny but coming from a relatable and real place:
“It is a film that happens to be funny as opposed to a gag fest. I think people enjoy that more because they can relate to the characters more. Shaun of the Dead, the horror had to be horrific, heart-wrentching moments had to be real and heart-wrenching , the comedy should be funny. That’s how our films are, that’s how they should be.”
Simon Pegg on Shaun’s follow-up Hot Fuzz and taking on the action genre with sincerity:
“With Hot Fuzz, Edgar and I were fans of action films. We wanted to make a film that kind of re-contextualized action cinema. We wanted to make a film about British police and that kind of was the reason for Hot Fuzz. Hot Fuzz appears to be parodic because its re-contexualized as soon as you see those kind of grand action beats in a village. Its funny but we didnt do anything in particular. We didn’t make fun of those movies. There is no kind of clowning when we do all the actions stuff. We do it completely straight–just because its in a village that’s why its funny.
Nick Frost on the infamous cake flushing hobby developed during the Hot Fuzz era:
Chicago was the first cake I ever flushed. For some reason when you stay in a fancy hotel and they know its your birthday, you come into your room and there is a massive cake. Focus (Features) bought me a big cake and then my wife shipped me a cake from home so at one point I had four meters of cakes in my room and it was like “What do I do? I’m not gonna eat them.” And then I had this waking dream and then this voice said “Flush them” and so then I thought “Oh well I’m gonna flush a fucking cake and see what happens.” And Joe Cornish (who directed Attack The Block) was there and he filmed it–and it just made us feel really happy for some odd reason. And then we just flushed a bunch of cakes. It was like Cake flushing has arrived!”
Edgar Wright on why it was time to culminate this trilogy with World’s End:
“I know me and Simon and Nick will work together again but if we never work together again we’d be very proud of these three films. This Marvel film (Ant-Man) is on the horizon and I actually put it on the back burner. In 2011, I had a chance to do Ant-Man but we had always wanted to do this script–Simon had been really busy. Then Eric Fellner, our executive producer, discovered he had very advanced cancer and he’s the guy who basically gave us our career–the guy who made Shaun of the Dead happen. When that film was in turn-around, he’s the one who financed it. And as soon as I heard about (the news) I spoke to Eric obviously and called Simon and said “We have to write The World’s End right now” because if we didn’t make it and something terrible happened I would never forgive myself for like not making good on a promise for that movie. So we then went into Marvel with my agent and said I’m not gonna do this next, I have to do this other film for personal reasons. So then we started writing the World’s End and finished it like seven weeks later and put it on Eric’s desk. The good news is the film is finished, he’s very proud of it and has got a good bill of health. And as much as the film is for everybody the film is it is personal in a number of ways including that.
Simon Pegg on why they make movies for themselves and how that speaks to an audience on a universal level:
“I think because we are fans, because we’ve grown up loving cinema and having an understanding of cinema–an understanding of being fans, we try and focus inwards all the time and make films for ourselves. Try and use ourselves as the gauge and what we would stand for and what we would like. And with these three films, we’ve made them for ourselves and kind of just trusted that instinct to appeal to other people. Our absolute core audience– our audience that we make the films for are the people that get it, that can sit through it more than once and will just get it all because we load it all with stuff. I would much rather change ten people’s lives than please a million people.
The World’s End opens August 23rd.