Thursday, February 25, 2010

British Actor(s) of the Month: Twofer Edition

Since I sort of skipped January (stupid exams), this month you get two actors for the price of one!

The double act is a long tradition in the history of comedy. Burns and Allen. Hepburn and Tracey. Stiller and Meara.* So this month, I present to you

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Britain's Finest

Now, Pegg, if you're not familiar with the work they've done together, you'll at least recognize from some of the American movies he's made recently, in particularly a tiny little film that came out last summer called Star Trek. Frost, though, on this side of the pond, at any rate, is usually seen as Pegg's sidekick in things they've collaborated on with writer/director Edgar Wright.

In cult classic Shaun of the Dead, Pegg and Frost play video gaming roommates trying to make it down to the pub amidst the zombie apocalypse. For a follow-up, the duo play partners--Pegg the perfectionist, by-the-book tough cop; Frost the juvenile, somewhat thick, junior officer--in the action movie send-up Hot Fuzz (see above). But their best pairing remains the cult show Spaced, about a group of 20-somethings trying their best to avoid adulthood. Pegg plays an aspiring comic book artist pretending to be married to an aspiring writer so they can rent a professional couples only flat. Frost is his gun-obsessed best friend. Trust me, it's hilarious.

*You may be wondering why I'm using male/female duos who were romantically linked to illustrate my point. Just watch the show and movies....

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