Creating Paul

SFXclusive: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reveal the problems of acting with an alien in their new movie, Paul

The dream team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead/Hot Fuzz) is back together for Paul, a film about a pair of geeks who hook up with a real-life alien (the eponymous Paul, a CG creation with the voice of Seth Rogen) on their way back from the San Diego Comic-Con.

In an interview with Red Alert in SFX200, the pair reveal that making the film was slightly more complicated than they thought it would be:

“The starting point was, wouldn’t it be amazing to have this character who’s Gollum-level great in a very, very naturalistic ordinary setting,” explains Pegg. “We didn’t realise how much work it would be to do that. We just thought we’d talk to a ball and then one year later the film would come out, but it’s slightly more complex than that.”

Director Greg Mottola adds: “There’s like a Roger Rabbit element to this. You’re trying to make this character feel likes he fits into the scene, but it’s not Roger Rabbit because he can’t look fake.”

Read the full interview in SFX200, out next Wednesday.