The World's End: Last orders for Cornetto Trilogy
PUBLISHED: 13:40 21 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:50 28 September 2016
SIMON Pegg and Nick Frost's new comedy The World's End, which was filmed in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth, opened at UK cinemas this week. Here the movie's stars talk about the final episode in the Cornetto Trilogy.
The World’s End pub crawl
* The First Post
* The Old Familiar
* The Famous Cock
* The Cross Hands
* The Good Companions
* The Trusty Servant
* The Two Headed Dog
* The Mermaid
* The Beehive
* The King’s Head
* The Hole in the Wall
* The World’s End
JUST how far would a man go for a pint – to the end of the world, perhaps?
That burning question is explored in The World’s End (15), the final instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.
A signature brew of camaraderie, knockabout humour, excessive quaffing, questionable life choices, hand-to-hand combat, and explosive surprises, The World’s End reunites director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following their comedy hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Producer Nira Park said: “For the rest of the cast, Simon and Edgar knew who they wanted. They wrote the characters in those actors’ voices.”
Hertfordshire-based Pegg confirmed: “We had actors in mind, to the point where we’d often write ‘Eddie Marsan’ instead of ‘Pete’.
“We wanted to get these actors who were at the top of their game.
“What we also got were 40-year-old men who could be incredibly immature.”
The tale begins in Newton Haven on June 22, 1990, as five boys in the prime of their teenage youth celebrate the end of school by attempting an epic pub crawl.
Despite their enthusiasm and the downing of a slew of pints of beer, they fall short of seeing their quest through to the last pub on their list – The World’s End.
Twenty-odd years later, “the five musketeers” have each left their hometown and are now husbands, fathers, men with careers – with the exception of their voluble one-time ringleader, Gary King (Pegg).
A 40-year-old trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, Gary becomes hellbent on trying ‘The Golden Mile’ drinking marathon again.
He convinces estranged former best friend Andy (Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) to stage an encore.
Along the way they encounter Oliver’s younger sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), for whom Gary and Steven both still carry a torch, and the gang have to reconcile their past.
Considine, cast as Steven, said: “These characters are people who haven’t grown as much as they think they have.
“My character wanted to be the group’s leader but never quite was because his fellow ‘rock star in training’ Gary always overshadowed him.
“Even though Steven has tried to put some distance between who he was at 18 years old and who he is now, that old feeling kicks in and his resentment comes through.”
Considine and Freeman had worked with the team before on Hot Fuzz, while Marsan was on everyone’s radar because of his performance in a variety of films.
Pegg said: “Having seen his dramatic skills, we figured Eddie would have the chops to do a comedy like this. He brings a wonderful sweetness to Peter.”
Considine, who directed Marsan to acclaim in Tyrannosaur, even got the acting bug back because of filming The World’s End in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth.
“I was out of love with acting for a while, but working on The World’s End it’s really come back well for me,” said Considine.
Having had parts in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The Hobbit’s Freeman jumped at the chance of being in the final chapter of the Cornetto trilogy.
“When Simon and Edgar told me who else was on their wish list to play the friends, I was keen to join them again to play Oliver,” said Freeman.
Director Wright confirmed: “The part was written for Martin, but it’s somewhat an amalgam of friends of mine – who I’m still friends with.”
Freeman added: “I liked what the script had to say about friendship: losing it and then trying to regain it.
“Of the five friends, Oliver is the most detatched. He always has been, and had pretensions and Wall Street ambitions even back when they were in school.
“He had a mobile phone before anybody else and now wears the Bluetooth with no irony. Not very me, so there was acting required.”
Of his own character, co-writer Pegg said: “Edgar and I joked about how in reunion films like The Big Chill there’s a corpse because someone has died.
“In The World’s End, Gary basically is the corpse!
"We’re going to see this through to the bitter end. Or... lager end. "
“When he first sees his old friends individually to talk them into doing ‘The Golden Mile’, it’s like they’re seeing a ghost from their past.”
The actor, he lives in Hertfordshire, added: “Actually, I do feel that Gary is a walking tragedy. He’s dyeing his hair black every two weeks.
“He’s clinging to his heyday of one night over 20 years ago, which was the pinnacle of his achievements.”
Does Gary top that in The World’s End? See the barmageddon blockbuster to find out.