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Paul opens in theaters tomorrow and it’s hilarious. The movie is about two British comic book fans who come to America to enjoy the wonders of Comic Con and visit the most famous alien tourist attractions. But during a road trip pass Area 51 they encounter an Alien and that’s when the fun begins.

GlobalGrind sat down with the cast of Paul to discuss the movie, fun on set and much more.

Check out our interview with Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Simon Pegg, Bill Hader, Nick Frost, Joe Lo Truglio and Blythe Danner. Also if you’re in the mood to laugh this weekend be sure to go see Paul. BUY TICKETS TO PAUL

GLOBALGRIND: If you two came face to face with an alien what would be the first question you would ask?

Kristen Wiig: “I would say “Why is your head so big?” assuming that it looks like Paul. Because that’s not very proportional for us.”

Jason Bateman: I’d say “Why now?” and “Where were you a few years ago?”

KW: When we really needed them.

JB: Exactly. “When we really needed you to blow up the White House.” That’s an “Independence Day” joke; it’s not political at all.

Nick Frost: I would ask them what they eat and how they prepare it.

Simon Pegg: He’s a keen chef. I would, I guess, inquire about the secrets of interstellar travel. I mean, they’d have to have overcome an extreme hurdle to get here. That’s the thing, I think there’s definitely life on other planets, that question. There’s more chance of their being life than there is not, if you know what I’m saying, but the thing is that we may never meet because of the distances between our worlds are so enormous.
Nick Frost: Maybe he’s already here. Maybe he’s inside. If the ship landed the doors opened and like a shrimp came out that wouldn’t be any weirder than anything written by science fiction.


GG: If you met an alien what would you ask him?

Joe Lo Truglio: I would say, “How did you get in my bed? How did you get here? Where did you learn how to do that?”

Bill Hader: That happened to you once but it was just your neighbor.

JT: That was Mister Jones, wearing an ET mask, it was weird! Nothing happened though.

BH: I don’t know if they exist, with Twitter and everything it seems like everything is seen. I feel like we would have seen something. I know it’s kind of an old joke but it’s usually the same type of people that always see aliens. [Country accent]”I just saw an alien” It’s never like [English accent] “I just saw an alien, I was in my room and I just saw an alien come down. The other scientist we were all sitting there and alien came into the room.” You never hear that. You always hear, “I was in my truck, I was out in the woods by myself.”

GG: One of my favorite parts of the film is trying to curse. I was hoping maybe you could give us some of your best pseudo curses.

KW: Hairy nipples. That’s right off the top of my head. If I thought about it I might be able to do a better one.

JB: I’ve just always been a big fan of douche. Douche bag, douchey.

KW: You have to make it up.

JB: Oh you’ve got to make it up. Douche licker.

KW: Gross.


GG: Can you talk about putting the sexual tension between Graeme and Clive in the movie?
NF: Did you say sexual tension? I guess you felt that sexual tension.
SP: It’s funny that Graeme and Clive were like a married couple almost. They’re very co-dependent and I think that Kristen, Ruth and Paul present themselves as threats to that because Clive is very jealous of Graeme’s relationship with Paul at first. Then they finally break the ice together and share a cigarette because they go through that very physical moment when Paul gives Clive his knowledge.
NF: It’s something that we’ve done in the past as well, as mates, like, if he talks about a girl which means that I get moody about it, just joking and then he does the same.
SP: I have friends that Nick, if I talk about them then Nick gets angry and it’s similar. There’s some guy that Nick hangs out with called Danny and I’m sick of hearing about him.
NF: He’s just a mate.
SP: He’s not. He’s more than a friend. I just don’t like him.
NF: You’d like him. He’s cool. He does things that you won’t do.


GG: Simon, can you talk about working with Spielberg and do you plan on screening this film for him at some point?
SP: Well, both Nick and I worked on ‘Tintin’ because Nick and I play the Thompson Twins, almost identical detectives.
NF: It’s going to be the first time ever that we weigh the same.
SP: Albeit in the performance capture world which is an amazing technology and was great to work with that, but not only that. Also, with Steven. It was in making “Tintin” that we talked about “Paul” with him. I showed him a picture on my phone of us with the E.T., with the alien head bust that we took on our road trip with us and he goes, “Wait. What is that?” I said, ‘We’re making this movie about this alien called Paul who you’ve had a direct hotline to over the years and he gave you the idea for “E.T.” and “Close Encounters” and he’s like, “I love that.” He started riffing on the idea and he said, “Maybe I could be in the film. Maybe I could do like a [cameo],” and we were like, “Did you just say that?” Then we really started to laugh at the idea of Steven Spielberg literally phoning in a cameo. So I emailed him a little later and I said, “You remember that said to us? You did say it because we taped it and legally you’re obliged to go through with it,” and he’s the coolest guy. He loves making films. He liked the idea. Of course he will see it because he’s very much a part of it, not least because it’s a tribute to him, but because he’s in it.

GG: When do you think he’ll see it?
SP: Well, if he’s around next week for the premiere then hopefully he’ll come to that.
NF: It’s quite nerve racking.
SP: When Greg had to direct him he forgot to say action. Steven was at the mic going, “Can I start?”

GG: In the movie, you get to knock out Sigourney Weaver. In your past experience, you worked on ” A Streetcar named Desire” together. What was it like working with her again?

Blythe Danner: It was great because in Streetcar, I was her big sister. I was very protective of her and I loved that line, “Get away from her” It was a great relief and a lot of fun. We did that 20 years ago. It’s amazing. That’s what astonishes me in this business, meeting people again that you’ve worked with long long ago. There’s no way I dreamed I’d be doing this and seeing her 20 years later in this role. That’s so wonderful about being in this business, you’re constantly surprised and  have to be up for anything.

GG: There a scene in there where you smoke some alien weed. Did you pull from experience when you saw someone trip out?

JB: Someone explained it to you?

KW: The weed that Paul had was supposedly government, high grade, super strong, so they kind of wanted me to take the experience of being high and mashing it to like five seconds. So they wanted me to go through all the emotions of laughing and then being hungry and then being paranoid and then being scared and then passing out in like five seconds. So I read books on it and I asked around.

JB: Went to Web MD. That was one of my favorite scenes; it’s so good.