‘Paul’ movie premiere: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get out of this world


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Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of ‘Paul,’ their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.

Written by and starring ‘Hot Fuzz’ masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.


‘We came up with the idea for ‘Paul’ on the set of ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn’t British,’ Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. ‘It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here.’

‘Paul’ pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that ‘Hot Fuzz’ spoofed cop movies and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ knocked zombie flicks.

The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.

‘Glee’s’ Jane Lynch and ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his ‘Superbad’ director Greg Mottola in ‘Paul,’ and plays federal agent O'Reilly.

Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996’s ‘The Daytrippers,’ joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

‘Paul’ invades theaters March 18.


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-- Nardine Saad

Top photo: Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig, cast members in ‘Paul,’ pose together at the Hollywood premiere of the film on March 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Bill Hader, left, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the ‘Paul’ premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images