Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finish their Cornetto trilogy
The Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost triumvirate round off their unplanned but inspired Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy with The World’s End. Pegg and Frost explain why it’s far from the end of the line
Out in the movieverse there are three kinds of trilogy. There are planned trilogies like Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance sequence. There are phoney-baloney retro-fitted trilogies like Baz Lurhmann’s Red Curtain films. And then there are surprise trilogies; these may also be retro-fitted – it’s a defining feature, in fact – but they’re more like happy accidents than ad hoc marketing ploys. We didn’t expect them or save up for their college fees but we’re delighted to have them around.
In keeping with this organic theme nobody mapped out the Cornetto Trilogy aka the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy aka the Blood and Ice-Cream Trilogy: “We just ended up with a Cornetto in the second one and had to keep on going,” shrugs star Simon Pegg.
And so we welcome The World’s End, the mint-flavoured full-stop in a series of frozen treats that have previously stretched to strawberry and original blue.
The films do not – in generic or narrative terms – form a regular trilogy shape. As director Edgar Wright points out, the movies are neither sequential nor similar. Instead each instalment boasts a unique set of characters and unfolds in its own little corner of England’s green and pleasant land. Each movie arrives replete with its own set of fun fan-boy references and features all new material.
“We make the movies we want to see,” says Pegg. “We can only really be true to ourselves and we can’t ever sit on our laurels and assume that if one small, edgy comedy hit then they all will. We’ve always thought ‘let’s do something a bit different here.’”
Still, watching Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and now The World’s End – all films written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, directed by Wright and starring Pegg and Nick Frost – one can’t help but feel that this is trilogy territory, just not as we know it.
“They’re all set in the present day and they’re all set in England,” suggests Pegg. “The next thing we make may not have any of those things. It might be set in Spain in 1942.”
That’s possible, of course. But it does seem rather unlikely. That’s not to say the lads lack range. Between them, the triumvirate behind cult TV sensation Spaced, have scored extraordinary and varied successes, individually and collectively.
On his lonesome, Pegg has popped up in two Star Trek movies, two Mission Impossible films and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Wright has cracked Hollywood with Scott Pilgrim versus The World and turned heads with two former celebrity girlfriends, Anna Kendrick and Ash’s Charlotte Hatherley. Marvel’s Ant-Man beckons. Frost is currently shooting the dance flick, Cuban Fury, and has taken prominent roles in Snow White and the Huntsman, Attack the Block and Ice Age: Continental Drift.