Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the comic co-stars of cult films 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz,' are now starring in some big-name blockbusters: Pegg is in 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' and 'Star Trek,' and Frost is filming 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' If that weren't enough, both of them are in Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin,' which hits theaters today.
Frost recently explained to Movieline about how he thought he missed his chance to be in 'Tintin,' after choosing not pick up the phone when Steven Spielberg called to recruit him.

Pegg was the one who first suggested Frost for the role. But when Spielberg's California office phoned Frost at his home in England to see if he was interested, he was in the middle of making dinner.

"It was like 9 o'clock at night," Frost admitted. "They said, 'Steven's going to ring you in 10 minutes if you could be available,' but I was cooking my wife's dinner. She wasn't in, I was cooking her a meal. And it got to a really crucial point in the preparation which meant I could not answer that phone call without ruining my wife's dinner. So I dropped it -- I dropped the call!"

That's got to be a first for Spielberg, who left a "really confused message" saying, "Um ... hey, Nick. Did my office phone you? Anyway, give me a call back." Frost was sure he'd blown his chance, but it all worked out. "Eventually we got to talk to one another and, you know, we did it. I was so pleased! He's a hero, he's an icon of mine in terms of filmmaking, and a lot of my cinematic touchstones are films that he's made. That said, you can't bring that with you on set. I think me and Simon allowed ourselves like two hours of fanboy dancing."

Frost also did a little dancing (of a different sort, that is) around the subject of the last 'Indiana Jones' film, dodging the question of whether he liked it or not. "Well, you know. It's tricky, obviously ... but it's still an 'Indiana Jones' film. It's still Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones! I still got that feeling when I heard the music. It's an 'Indiana Jones' film, you know? It's a Steven Spielberg film ... If I'm trying to be democratic about things ... I liked it. It was weird, and it was different, but it was unmistakably a Steven Spielberg film, and that's fine with me."

You can read the complete interview, where Frost discusses his role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' over at Movieline.

[via Movieline]

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