Comic Con: Live Blogging The Paul Panel

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-07-24 18:34:45discussion comments
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We’ve already seen all that we can see from Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (including the movie itself) here at Comic Con, so now it’s time to see some stuff from the other two British talents that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. In Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up again and this time have an alien tagging along. Today’s panel will be the first time an audience has seen any footage from the film, so stick around while I live blog the hell out of this sucker!

5:32 Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paul, Greg Mottola, Kristen Wiig, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver and Jason Bateman hit the stage.

5:44 Idea of the film came from shooting Shaun of the Dead while in the garden scene in horrible weather. Producer Nira Park wondered aloud if they could film in a place where it was sunny. Nothing sunnier than California!

5:35 To research for the film, Pegg and Frost went on a cross-country trip across America. Only then did they come to the realization that this is a huge country.

5:37 Motolla was told about the project while it was still being written and begged to be on-board. Pegg and Frost were both huge fans of Superbad and chose him for the job.

5:38 Jason Bateman plays the bad guy in the film (named Lorenzo Zoil) with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as his back-up.

5:40 Weaver plays a voice for a great deal of her part, but does appear eventually and plays a "very glamorous, pivotal figure"

5:41 Tambor plays a pompus science fiction writer in the film named Shadowchild.



5:42 Rogen acted in the film in a green spandex suit and plays the alien who does "horrible disgusting things that [Rogen] finds hilarious."

5:43 Time for a sizzle reel of Paul! Paul himself is only 95% done and it is a love letter to those at Comic Con

5:48 "Hey Fucknuts - it's probing time" - the final line of the trailer from Seth Rogen as Paul. Absolutely hilarious. In the trailer, Pegg and Frost head to Comic Con (huge roar of applause), enjoy themselves and head back across the country in a Winnebago. Pulling through Area 51, they witness a car crash and, out of the dark comes Paul. The entire cast was featured and, while his character looks a bit generic, it looks like Paul is going to steal the film. Kristen Wiig plays a woman who's a Christian Scientist believes that the Earth is only 4,000 years old.

5:51 Greg Mottola: "Most people think I'm Moby" Jeffrey Tambor: "Most people think I'm Dr. Phil"

5:53 Nick Frost was wondering around Con as Slave Leia the other day. I feel like we would have caught that, but I guess not.

5:55 Rogen has been having a problem because he lost weight and now looks more like J.J. Abrams

5:56 Jessica Stevenson, who was Nick and Simon's co-star in Spaced, plays Andy Serkis' wife in John Landis' Burke and Hare

5:57 Filming for The Green Hornet and Paul were almost simultaneous. Lo Truglio served as a stand-in while Rogen was away.

6:00 In a battle of Hot Fuzz cops vs. Superbad cops, everyone confirms that Hot Fuzz cops win.

6:03 Sadly, it's over. Fucking asshole just had to stab that guy.

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