Attention North America: Go. See. Paul

I blogged this a month ago for people in the UK and Eire, but it bears repeating today!

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Did you direct ‘Paul’?

A) No I did not. Greg Mottola directed it. He is one of the most talented, smartest and nicest guys in the business. And he did a fantastic job.

Q) Did you write ‘Paul’?

A) No I did not. Young Simon Pegg & Young Nick Frost wrote it together. And it’s a top notch effort by my good friends. Funny, smart, silly, warm and funny. Did I mention funny already?

Q) Is it part of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy?

A) It does not feature a single mention of Walls Ice Cream or Cornettos, so no, it is not. It is also set in America, which to my knowledge does not sell Cornettos. Believe me, I have looked.

Q) Have you seen ‘Paul’?

A) Yes I have, three times now and it is one whole bundle of fun. I guess it was three bundles of fun on the three separate viewings.

Q) When do you recommend I see ‘Paul’?

A) I recommend everyone in the USA and Canada go see it today. This is an order.

Q) Will I get a discount if I mention that Edgar Wright told me to see it?

A) No you will not. But if you try, I want you to make note of the unimpressed or confused response and leave it in the comments section.

So in summary.

Go. See. Paul.

That’s an order!

My congratulations to my old muckers Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, as well as the fantastic Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor & Seth Rogen

And much love to Greg Mottola, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Chris Dickens, David Arnold, Julian Slater, Mike Solinger, all the gang at De Lane Lea, the amazing team at Double Negative and course the ever wonderful Nira Park!

Paul – US Trailer

Paul – US Red Band Trailer

  • tippiviolet

    “That’s an order”? God, I love it when you’re domineering.

  • Joecoolblues

    They do sell drumsticks here in the US, which is the closest thing to a cornetto…

  • Joecoolblues

    They do sell drumsticks here in the US, which is the closest thing to a cornetto…

  • I enjoyed Paul. Even though Edgar did not direct, I still am putting it up against Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. I felt those two were better films. It was nice to see a connection between the Brits and the Americans. The two groups have created some of the best films over the last five to six years and joining forces was good to see.

  • Australia sells Cornettos. Does that mean the last of the Cornetto trilogy could be set in Australia?

  • b1gfatho

    Saw it, loved it. When I asked them if I could get the Edgar Wright discount the guy actually said, “He didn’t direct this, and even if he did there wouldn’t be a discount.”

  • Amberapple

    I saw it today. It was fun; my husband caught more of the sci-fi references than I did (I haven’t seen STAR WARS in many years).

    But then I insisted we watch Hot Fuzz tonight at home. Sorry, but the first five minutes of HOT FUZZ is better than PAUL; not that PAUL was bad (I laughed a fair amount), but HOT FUZZ is sheer fucking genius! I do think the direction was superior… and I hope you and Simon and Nick will work together on another project soon. I think you should do something about modern druids and pagans!

    This was my second time seeing it; the village looked so familiar. I thought it was Glastonbury at first, then I thought, maybe Wells, but where’s the cathedral? (I’ve visited both villages a number of times)

    Hah!…sure enough, I looked it up…Wells, without the cathedral. I love that little town. I bought lovely shirts for myself and my husband at that little market they have on Wednesdays. How cool that you were able to film in your hometown!

  • Amberapple

    I saw it today. It was fun; my husband caught more of the sci-fi references than I did (I haven’t seen STAR WARS in many years).

    But then I insisted we watch Hot Fuzz tonight at home. Sorry, but the first five minutes of HOT FUZZ is better than PAUL; not that PAUL was bad (I laughed a fair amount), but HOT FUZZ is sheer fucking genius! I do think the direction was superior… and I hope you and Simon and Nick will work together on another project soon. I think you should do something about modern druids and pagans!

    This was my second time seeing it; the village looked so familiar. I thought it was Glastonbury at first, then I thought, maybe Wells, but where’s the cathedral? (I’ve visited both villages a number of times)

    Hah!…sure enough, I looked it up…Wells, without the cathedral. I love that little town. I bought lovely shirts for myself and my husband at that little market they have on Wednesdays. How cool that you were able to film in your hometown!

  • Went to see paul. Loved it.

    told the girl at the cash register that Edgar Wright told me to see it.

    She asked, “Edgar Wright? Wait..what grade is he in?”

  • I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Good work pegg and frost. Jolly good indeed.

  • Amazing, amazing!! Just finished watching it in theaters and it totally made my day! It’s great to see Pegg and Frost together again on-screen and it was a pleasant surprise to see that they also wrote it. So good!

    • It was an amazing film. Same here, it made my day. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!

    • It was an amazing film. Same here, it made my day. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!

  • coooooooooooooooool jeans. I will see zis. Yes.

  • hopegrrrl

    Wonderful FAQ, and I especially love how on the illustrated version of the movie poster, Simon Pegg’s “baffled” face is captured perfectly!

  • Bernadette

    I will do as told and go see Paul…even though i didn’t need telling. Also, we’ve got Drumsticks instead of Cornettos

  • I’m actually in the U.S. right now so It’s on my list of things to do today.