In this third installment of our interviews from the special The World’s End breakfast at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Dread Central chats with the always hilarious Nick Frost about the final chapter in Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy.”
During our time with Frost, he discussed playing more of the “straight man” this time around in The World’s End, how learning Cuban salsa dancing for another film helped him prepare physically for Wright’s latest and much more.
Check out the highlights from Frost below, and look for The World’s End in theaters everywhere August 23rd!
Frost on balancing out his character Andrew in The World’s End:
This was a bit more of a challenging role for me because of having both the comedic elements to my character but that he also has a bit of a dramatic arc to him too which was a challenge for me. The comedy stuff mostly comes naturally but it’s the drama stuff that I felt like I had to work a bit harder at. I never really trained as an actor so really, I love taking on any kind of challenges- whether it’s writing or producing or acting. I just always want to challenge myself.
Sobriety was very important to my character Andy and also as a comedy tool, it was important too because it becomes this thing between Andy and Gary. I think it’s also very telling that it only takes a few hours and you can see the influence of Gary being in my life again.
But if you’re asking me if I stopped drinking on The World’s End- um, no (laughs). I did however stop drinking at age 21 for a few years and oddly enough, I fell off the wagon at a pub called “The World’s End” in Camden (laughs).
Frost Discusses Learning the Fight Choreography for The World’s End:
I loved it; I really loved working with Brad Allan and I was so lucky because I had just come off doing a dance movie a week before The World’s End. I had been training for that for seven hours a day for seven months to learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a professional so I think I was really lucky that my abilities to absorb and learn different choreographies had been sharpened on that film first. Brad was a great coach; he really got us going even though Simon and I got pretty banged up along the way. But I think I would have rather died than to have not done something that Brad told me to do.
Frost Reflects on the “Cornetto Trilogy”:
The World’s End is where we are now as people; when we made Shaun, that’s where we were in our late 20’s/early 30’s and now we’re 41 and fathers so you do get to a point where everything is about something else. Do we leave behind nostalgia or do we become Gary King? We’re all at that point right now and I think this movie was our chance to be Gary in regards to our filmmaking- it’s our last hurrah.
Frost on His Future Projects and Whether or Not They Include Wright and Pegg:
I think we’re all going to take some time apart- everyone has things to do and I’ve got the dance movie that’s coming out soon too and a few more projects. I also recently did a television series with Bob Weide who did “Curb Your Enthusiasm” which comes out next year too.
You know, it was six years between making Hot Fuzz and making this so I think if we made another film every five or six years together, I would be quite happy. We’ll see.
Check out our The World’s End review!
The World’s End is directed by Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg along with long time buddy Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan.
Look for the flick in theatres on August 23rd.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
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