Five Favourite Films with Nick Frost

Plus, the star on his alien comedy Paul, working with Spielberg on The Adventures Tintin, and the forthcoming Attack the Block.

Right now, you might say that Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are living every sci-fi movie fan's dream. The irrepressible British comedy duo, who came to attention via cult TV series Spaced and scored big-screen hits with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are currently enjoying the success of their third movie collaboration, Paul, which finds them as road-tripping nerds inadvertently harbouring an intergalactic fugitive with an attitude (Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen). Directed with freewheeling brio by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland), bursting with pop references and some heavyweight genre cameos, it's a film that manages to be satiric and self-referential while retaining its own brand of wayward road movie lunacy.

On top of that, Frost and Pegg have been filming Steven Spielberg's forthcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, in which they portray the all-but-identical detective buffoons Thomson and Thompson. Frost is also soon to appear in what looks to be one of the year's breakout hits, the aliens-invade-inner-city-London adventure Attack the Block, directed by his friend (and Tintin co-writer) Joe Cornish.

With Paul landing in Australian cinemas this week, we got a chance to talk with Nick Frost about the film, what it's been like working with Spielberg, and what to expect from Attack the Block. Read on for the full interview, but first, as always, we asked him his Five Favourite Films. "Alright -- as of today," Frost notes of his choices.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, 95% Tomatometer)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is my favourite film of all time. That will always be number one. I can watch it today and it's like a time machine; it completely takes me back to the way I felt when I first watched it as a kid. For me it never dates, it never ages, and it's just perfect.

Dead Man's Shoes (2004, 55% Tomatometer)

I've also got on there Dead Man's Shoes, the Shane Meadows/Paddy Considine classic. I think Paddy Considine is the finest actor and I loved working with him on Hot Fuzz and stuff. I think I'd like to be as good an actor as Paddy Considine one day, when I grow up. [laughs] He is amazing.

Bottle Rocket (1996, 79% Tomatometer)

Bottle Rocket: I love Wes Anderson and that's one of my favourites. I mean, it's my favourite today with this interview. I love his staging of detail and specificity, you know; I think if the devil is in the details, Wes Anderson just nails it.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 94% Tomatometer)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, again, very similar to me with Close Encounters. If I'm sick, or I've had a wisdom tooth out or I'm lying in bed in the afternoon and not very well, I will often put Raiders of the Lost Ark on. Again, it's like a timeless gem for me and it just never gets tired. When my son becomes old enough to watch films I am gonna show him Raiders.

How old is that?

Well, like, three. [laughs]

The Shining (1980, 88% Tomatometer)

Finally, just for today, I am gonna say The Shining. Just a great film. It's a great horror film and it's incredibly creepy; fantastic performances and just that sense of threat that is prevalent throughout the whole movie. I just love it.

Next, Frost talks Paul, working with Spielberg on Tintin, and more aliens in his upcoming Attack the Block.


mike d.

mike dunn

great list and love spaced, nick frost is awesome

Apr 11 - 09:46 PM


Joshua Dinsmore

Sweet list of movies. Frost is a funny guy, especially in Shawn of the Dead.

Apr 11 - 10:17 PM


Joshua Dinsmore

Oops, I mean "Shaun" of the Dead.

Apr 12 - 09:18 AM


Omar Siddiqui

Nick Frost is the bomb.

So is Close Encounters. That movie entranced be from beginning to end.

Apr 11 - 11:30 PM


Tre Tucker

You know what isn't the bomb? Using "it's the bomb" to describe something that is really radical. That's square daddy-o. You gotta get on the good foot and be hip to what the youngsters are rapping these days.

Apr 14 - 10:12 PM

Freudian Nightmare

Martin Andersson

Did not know that Dead Man's Shoes is rotten. How the f**k does that happen? That movie is great and Paddy is awesome in it.

Apr 12 - 01:29 AM

Worth Watching

I never even heard of it until now. Just watched the preview and added it to my queue of movies to watch!

Apr 16 - 08:17 PM

Reg I.

Reg Inald

i like pie

Apr 12 - 02:09 AM

Reg I.

Reg Inald

who likes pie

Apr 12 - 02:10 AM

Worth Watching

You do!

Apr 16 - 08:17 PM

Reza T.

Reza Trikurnia

I always hated nick frost and likes nick frost...
i hate him because he always acted as annoying person....
I liked him because he is very funny....
great list...
loved the shining

Apr 12 - 02:20 AM

steve s.

steve smith

like seeing close encounters on someones list!

Apr 12 - 04:23 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

should be on everyones list.....:)

Apr 12 - 02:10 PM


Big Brother

Well done Sir, I think a lot of people don't give Senor Spielbergo credit because they think it's cliche or he doesn't have the same auteur cred as some directors.

Apr 12 - 05:59 AM

Jericho A.

Jericho Aguado

This is a good list. This is a really good list! It's good to see someone who is not pretending to be a critic of some kind.

Apr 12 - 06:10 AM


Matthew Bayliss

Nice list Mr Frost. Will be going to see Paul when its out gotta wait til Thursday here :-(

Apr 12 - 06:24 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Nick & Simon are comedy's keepers of the flame. Plus anyone who lists The Shining & Raiders, gets a big thumbs up in my book!

Apr 12 - 06:48 AM

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Apr 12 - 08:20 AM

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