The Boxtrolls
Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Came To The Boxtrolls Separately, Not Together
Given how often they work together, it’s not hard to forget that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost aren’t a package deal. The two British stars were not only featured together as leads in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and in the UK television series Spaced, but were also paired for Greg Mottola’s Paul and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. Later this year we’ll be able to add The Boxtrolls to the list Pegg and Frost’s shared credits – but what’s unique about this one is that the two actors were actually approached completely separately.

"Half way through the production they discovered they were both on it," co-director Anthony Stacci told us during an hour-long sit down at lunch.

A big part of the reason why Pegg and Frost were approached separately for The Boxtrolls is because their roles in the movie appear to be very different in size. For his part, Frost will be providing the voice for Trout, one of the henchmen of the film’s lead villain, Archibald Snatcher. This casting actually pairs him up largely with fellow henchman Pickles, who is voiced by The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade.

"They ended up recording, really, only once together, but it was great," co-director Graham Annable said. "They really played together really well and they made up a lot of stuff. We had taken Trout and Pickles a certain way, down a certain path, where they’re the minions of Snatcher, but they’re likable. But they brought a level of innocence and naivety to the characters that we kind of changed their arcs a little bit - because of that recording session."

The filmmakers wouldn’t reveal the precise role being played by Simon Pegg – Stacci referring to it as "more of a guest appearance" – but they were delighted having him come in and work on the project.

"He really enjoyed it genuinely - you could tell," said Annable. "He had decided to be a nice guy that day. He came ready to do a lot, and he was fun."

I’m still crossing my fingers that their characters get to interact at least once in the film.

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