You know what the great thing is about RV’s ? They’re incredibly cramped and there’s no hot water. But living in one for a day was the price to pay in order to work with the brilliant British comedy duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
There was no time for the roulette wheel after our flight to Vegas as we were immediately greeted by the awesome crew of Team Universal, who catered to our every need, kept us entertained in the middle of nowhere, and shepherded us to the chariots that would ferry us 150 miles into no man’s land—heavy duty recreational vehicles, complete with food, beverages, entertainment and working toilets (ever try taking a leak going over speed bumps before? I’m still soaked). Time passes quickly at 45mph in the fast lane and before long we were at our destination—Area 51’s Little A’Le’Inn (get it?), a diner café and bar. This place is the hottest joint around in the little town of Rachel, NV, home of the famous Alien Burger, several UFO sightings, and possibly several wanted serial killers.
Fifteen hours later, it was time to meet the men we’d traveled across the Extraterrestrial Highway to see: Fanboy superstars Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. It’s always nerve-racking to meet your idols because sometimes they turn out to be real d-bags (we’re looking at you, Bill Nye the Science Guy), but we’re glad to report that these guys are just as fun, cool, and hilarious–as you’d expect from the minds behind such classic films as Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and of course, the reason we were here, Paul.
You could hear the crew laughing over the 50mph winds on set that day prompted by the simple banter between these two old friends. They just nail it. Every time. All we were missing was a Cornetto and it would’ve felt like living inside one of their movies. Not to mention the fact that hearing the script you’ve written spoken on camera by your heroes is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As is hearing them ad lib a better line than you’ve written in the following take…and the one after that…
All in all, it was an exhausting, long, dirty, borderline-traumatizing trip, but the thirty minutes we got to watch Simon and Nick be…well, Simon and Nick, made it all worthwhile.
And we’ll never forget the advice Simon imparted as we left set. “Please stop following me. I’m serious.”
-Ian Weinreich & Andy Signore, Senior Producers, Break Media Creative Lab