From left, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg in a scene from the movie The World's End.
From left, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg in a scene from the movie The World's End. Laurie Sparham - Contributed by Universal Pictures media website

Pike praises Pegg as pair work together on The World's End

WHILE The World's End might mark the end of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's so called "Cornetto" film trilogy, it's just the beginning of a partnership between Pegg and Rosamund Pike.

The British beauty is full of praise for Pegg, with whom she will star in another upcoming film Hector and the Search for Happiness.

"I love that man; I just adore him," Pike told APN, over the phone from London.

"I'd follow him to the ends of the Earth. I'd do anything with him."

After reprising his role of Scotty in Star Trek Into Darkness, Pegg returns to more familiar territory in The World's End with long-time collaborators Frost and director Edgar Wright.

"He really does inhabit these characters," Pike said.

"Gary King (from The World's End) is a wonderful creation. He's impossible, arrogant, and the charisma that works so well at 18 just doesn't work as well at 40. He's got this ignorance you see and yet this sort of enthusiasm that can still be infectious."

In the apocalyptic pub crawl, Pegg's character Gary goads his childhood friends into returning to their hometown to try to finish the 12-pub marathon they did not as over-enthusiastic teenagers.

Pike plays Oliver's (Martin Freeman) sister Sam, the girl Gary (Pegg) casually hooked up with in high school and Steven (Paddy Considine) secretly still pines for, who also gets caught up in the dramas of making it to The World's End pub while fighting off strange robot-like invaders.

She's also fighting off the feeble advances of Gary.

"She can't quite believe someone is operating as if he's still 18," Pike said.

"But then they work through something and by the end she has some affection for Gary. He's a car crash, and it's kind of sad."

In their next project Hector and the Search for Happiness, which also stars Aussie Toni Collette, Pegg and Pike play a "highly functioning, childless modern couple".

"They realise they've got serious commitment issues along the way," Pike said.

"They can't have anything that comes in and interrupts their incredibly clean and orderly life. It was really fun and I went 'Oh I get this, why Nick and Simon work together all the time. This is heaven'. The shorthand was just fantastic."

Known for her eye-catching roles in Die Another Day, Pride & Prejudice and Jack Reacher, Pike got to relax into a more dishevelled look for The World's End, and get stuck into the fight scenes alongside the boys.

"The fighting scenes were fun. We started working on those from the first day of rehearsals," she said.

"They wanted stunt men with a bent for comedy. Damien Walters, who doubled for Simon, had this YouTube sensation of a video showing his Parkour free running. Instead of taking it seriously he performs it all with a sense of the absurd."

Pike is about to head to the US to start filming her biggest role to date, playing Anne Dune opposite Ben Affleck in director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.

"It will be the hardest work of my life, but probably the most rewarding," she said.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to work on a David Fincher picture. He's a visionary, just like Edgar Wright is a visionary but of very different ilk.

"I think one thing I have learned is any time I don't follow that instinct to work with people who have a true and unique vision, it always sort of slightly goes wrong.

"That's the secret, to look for these people who live and breathe it really."

The World's End is in cinemas now.

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