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The final chapter of director Edgar Wright's so-called "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" arrives this weekend in theaters with the hilarious The World's End. Simon Pegg plays a guy having a midlife crisis who convinces his friends (including Nick Frost) to try once again to complete an epic pub crawl through their small English hometown. Although going back home after many years is never easy, they soon discover that the locals are not what they seem and that the friends have stumbled upon an otherworldly plot to cleanse the Earth.
Pegg and Frost have been the primary common thread through the Cornetto Trilogy (besides the appearance of ice cream, of course), but the real-life best buds have appeared together in other movies, too—some of which might surprise you. Before you raise a pint in celebration of The World's End, here are six other Pegg-Frost collaborations you may want to revisit at home.
Ice Age: Continental Drift: Did you know that Pegg and Frost lent their voices to this animated adventure? Frost voices Flynn, the naïve, childlike, 4,000-pound bull seal who tends to speak before he thinks but is otherwise jolly. Pegg voices the fast-talking weasel Buck who wears a leaf patch over one eye.
Shaun of the Dead: In this first chapter of the Cornetto Trilogy, Pegg plays Shaun—an electronics-store salesman who barely notices that the dead have come back to life as he shuffles back and forth from work. Frost plays Ed, Shaun's deadbeat roommate who sits around all day and plays video games. When the community becomes aware of the zombie threat, Shaun and Ed debate over which vinyl albums they are able to part with to hurl at zombies' heads in their backyard before they board themselves up in their favorite pub and make their last stand.
Grindhouse: Although neither Pegg nor Frost appear in Planet Terror or Deathproof—the two features shown together in the double-feature Grindhouse—they both star in the fake trailer for Don't that appeared between the movies. Pegg plays the "Beared Cannibal" and Frost is the disturbing "Baby Eater." If you want to see them at home, be sure to check out the full Grindhouse double-feature Blu-ray and not the stand-alone releases of Planet Terror and Death Proof. Only the full Grindhouse Blu-ray has Don't and all the other funny fake trailers.
The Adventures of Tintin: Steven Spielberg asked Pegg to voice a character in his animated adventure after the director invited him to the set and offered him the role because he needed a comedy team that could act identical. Pegg and Frost play Thompson and Thomson—two bumbling, bowler hat-wearing detectives who are essentially interchangeable.
Hot Fuzz: This second chapter in the Cornetto Trilogy has Pegg playing star London police officer Nicholas Angel who is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village where he is partnered with clueless cop PC Danny Butterman. The two bond over drinks and movies like Bad Boys II and Point Break, and soon they are ready to take on a murderous cult that is terrorizing the village. This homage to buddy-cop movies also highlights the effortless back-and-forth between Pegg and Frost.
Paul: Although this sci-fi comedy feels like it is part of the Cornetto Trilogy, it is directed by Greg Mottola and not Wright. Pegg and Frost star as two British comic book geeks who travel across the U.S. and pick up a fugitive alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) outside of Area 51. Although Pegg and Frost are not playing themselves, you can totally imagine them geeking out together like this at Comic-Con after watching them in Shaun of the Dead talk about music and in Hot Fuzz discussing the poetry of buddy-cop flicks.
All of the movies listed above are available on DVD and Blu-ray as well as various VOD services.
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