The Establishing Shot: Paul Press Conference

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Friday, February 11, 2011

Paul Press ConferenceThe one where I am invited to hear film greats talk about their latest film Paul as well as Nick Frost & Simon Pegg’s romance, Deep Throat, secret cameos, Baby boners, R Ratings, tit burgers, up setting the bible belt, hard ass bitches, 2001, Paul The Musical and showing up to work sober.

Those of you that read my review of Paul already know that although I’m pleased for Nick Frost and Simon Pegg – it didn’t quite hit the spot for me. But after sitting in the same room as most of the Paul team I can’t help but think that I may have missed the boat a little, the chemistry was off the scale and these guys are fun.

Press conferences are a bit frustrating as out of respect you really have to keep the discussion focussed on the film that, well you have been invited along to discuss. So even though there are 100s of question kicking about for each team member - you have to bite your tongue a little, act professional and maintain some air of dignity rather than drool, stare inanley while pointing and shouting out actor’s names. Even more so when are invited along to the opportunity to chat with; Nick Frost, SIGOURNEY WEAVER (damit! Ripley her self), Simon Pegg , Kristen Wiig, Director of Paul and Superbad (the pioneering and so far pinnacle of the recent spate of only youth comedies) Greg Mottola, Joe Lo Truglio and the legend that is – Jason Bateman.

Without much thought my list of possible questions consisted of:
1. There are many great references and homage’s to golden moments of movie magic in Paul. Were there any references that sadly didn’t make the final cut, which you would like to have seen?

2. Given that Paul touches on some fairly racy religious elements what did they think the reaction to the religious aspects be?

3. Was there any chance I could take a photo of the Paul team mid Spaced finger fight?

4. I was curious about Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s working relationship, what were the dynamics? Was one of them the ideas man, did they work dialogue out together? Was one of them a visual person and the other the gag guy? How did they collaborate?

5. What were Sigourney Weaver’s thoughts on the impending Alien prequel?

6. Could Jason Bateman let us know the status of the Arrested Development film? And is there any chance that that greatest TV show from the 80s It’s Your Move could be remade into a film?
Many of the younger readers may not know of the 80s TV show called It’s Your Move. But Jason Bateman played Matthew Burton a good natured young schemer. Imagine Ferris Bueller mixed with a teenage Gordon Gekko with the wisecrack dial turned all the way up you are almost there. – It’s worth noting Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out 2 years after It’s Your Move hit TV screens. He was pretty much my role model for most of my formative years and I guess things haven't changed much to be honest.
7. I’m sure Nick Frost & Simon Pegg are now all Hollywood jaded but how does it feel getting such a great the cast and team on board for Paul and how does it feel now that Paul is out?
Ok! So some of those are obviously non starters but enquiring minds need to know. And nothing wrong with having a back up - as invariably someone else would have some of the same questions lined up.

The following is abbreviated for my sanity and your reading pleasure. However a video of the full conference can be found at the bottom of the post beware it is rife with spoilers. I have also blanked out some intresting but spoilerish bits below, if you really want to read them – drag your mouse over the white areas.

No cameras or photography was so allowed so below is an artists impression of what the Paul press conference team may have looked like if they were all looking at Nick Frost if he was to answer one of my questions.

So this is how it all went down. The people’s champion Chris Hewitt enters stage left (sporting a rather fetching Kneel for General Zod T-Shirt, spoofing the iconic Obama Change symbology) demonstrating his taste in clothing is as good as his top shelf social lubrication & hosting skills. When you consider the star power in the room that is no easy feat.

With thanks to Universal Pictures – he welcomes, the Paul team into the room; Jason Bateman, Joe Lo Truglio, Greg Mottola, Kristen Wiig and 3 other people that are still hanging around outside namely – Sigourney Weaver, Simon Pegg, and Mr Nick Frost. After settling in Chris kicked the conference off by getting straight into it with a tough and hard hitting question.

Read the full report over here

Paul Press Conference

Director: Greg Mottola
Writers: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Stars: Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, Simon Pegg, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Nick Frost, Jeffrey Tambor, David Koechner

Paul will be crash landing into screens all over the UK from Monday 14 February 2011


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