The Weekend Rent: Simon Pegg It with Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz

The Weekend Rent: Simon Pegg It with Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz

Mar 18, 2011

When Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get together on-screen, funny things happen. The two actors are best friends in real life and used to be flatmates in England. In their latest movie, Paul, which they also co-wrote together, Pegg and Frost play English comic book nerds who travel to America for the annual Comic-Con convention and to visit sites of extraterrestrial importance. On the road they have a close encounter with Paul—a foul-mouthed alien who possesses healing powers and is on the lam from government forces.

Pegg and Frost got ideas for Paul after taking their first road trip together across America, and aspects of their bromance permeate their two other major big-screen collaborations. Before you go see them deal with a pint-sized alien, have a look at the duo's hilarious on-screen antics.

Shaun of the Dead: Pegg plays Shaun, a 29-year-old salesman with no direction who spends most of his free time throwing back beers with his best friend, Ed (Frost), at the local pub called the Winchester. Ed lives on Shaun's couch, where he deals marijuana and plays video games all day—much to the disgust of Shaun's flatmate and Shaun's girlfriend. As Shaun shuffles off half awake to his job, it takes him a long time to notice that the other bumbling citizens are not the usual worker bees, but rather the onset of a zombie apocalypse. Shaun races home and helps Ed deal with zombies in the backyard, where they toss vinyl records at the undead and argue about which albums should be sacrificed as weapons. Shaun rescues his estranged girlfriend from her flat as well as his mother and some friends, and the motley crew pretend to be zombies to gain access to the Winchester and barricade themselves in for a last stand. This hilarious romantic zomedy is available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the latter of which has an interactive Zomb-O-Meter with on-screen zombie trivia.

Hot Fuzz: Over one hundred action films reportedly inspired this 2007 action comedy in which Pegg plays Nicholas Angel—a decorated London police officer who is transferred to the rural village of Sandford. It is there he is partnered with Danny Butterman (Frost), a naïve police constable who is in awe of Angel. Although Angel can barely hide his contempt for the slacker police force and the townsfolk, he and Butterman eventually bond after a night of drinking and watching Point Break and Bad Boys II together. When a series of gruesome deaths rock the village, Angel suspects they are murders even though they are classified as accidents. His prime suspect is Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton)—the manager of a local supermarket. The truth is that Skinner and many other key members of the town are part of the cultish Neighborhood Watch Alliance (NWA) that meet at night dressed in black robes and discuss who they must murder that they feel might compromise Sandford winning the "Village of the Year" award. The final faceoff between Angel and Butterman and the NWA members in the village—complete with shotgun-wielding old ladies and a priest who is packing—is one of the most hilarious shootouts in movie history. Butterman eventually takes a bullet for his bud, as we suspect Frost might do for Pegg in real life and vice versa. Hot Fuzz is available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the latter of which contains over five hours of outrageous bonus features.

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