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Monday, September 9, 2013
MOVIE star Nick Frost created a buzz at Saffron Screen on Friday evening as he visited the independent cinema to introduce his hotly-anticipated new film The World’s End.
Frost, who has also starred in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, made an appearance in support of what was a charitable event – organised in memory of his cousin’s 12-year-old son Joel Sheairs, who died following complications associated with Cerebral Palsy earlier this year.
Reporter Sam Tonkin met up with the Hollywood star ahead of the screening.
HAVING just returned from a six-week tour of America, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, Frost, charismatic and engaging as ever, lights up the audience from the get go.
A reserved and humble character, the 41-year-old actor is not one to court publicity. He’s an ordinary guy who shys away from the limelight where possible (especially when the Reporter is bugging him for a photo while he’s introducing his new film!).
“It’s not about me, you’ve all come to see the film, haven’t you?” he shouts to the audience, before reluctantly bounding back to the front of the stage for a quick snap with his cousin Karen, Joel’s mum, and Saffron Walden’s best-selling author Jojo Moyes, who later hosted a Q&A with the star.
Selling out in just 24 hours, the event included an auction of film memorabilia at the end of the evening and saw £1,600 donated to Saffron Walden Opportunity Playgroup (SWOP) .
Joel’s mum Karen, of Great Chesterford – Frost’s cousin – was instrumental in helping to put together the event with volunteers at Saffron Screen.
She told the Reporter: “When I heard Nick’s new film was going to be show at Saffron Screen I thought it would be great if he could come down and meet everybody, while also helping an extremely worthwhile charity. He is one of my oldest friends and we’ve always been close.
“It was a fantastic evening and I am delighted we managed to raise such a great amount for SWOP. The support we as a family, and Joel, received from the charity was invaluable.”
Speaking about Joel, Frost said: “Even though he never spoke and was stuck in a chair for a lot of his life Joel was one of the most charismatic and charming young men I have ever met. At family functions I’d do my best to sit next to him because I knew he would be the most fun.
“SWOP is a great charity and I’m happy to do whatever I can to help to raise as much money for them as possible.”
A long-time collaborator with actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, Frost said he was watching The World’s End, the last of the three films in the mysteriously titled ‘Cornetto Triolgy’, “for about the 25th time”.
“I saw it once before the premiere but I don’t like watching myself on screen. We’ve been promoting all over the world, including 17 cities in America in four weeks,” he told the Reporter.
Asked whether he found the promo side of the job hard-going, the star replied: “Not at all, I’m lucky that I get to work with my best mates Edgar and Simon. Essentially we get to tour the world like rock stars, except without the girls and drugs because we’re all married and have families!”
Speaking about his first visit to Saffron Screen, Frost added: “What a wonderful thing to have in a school. It’s a lovely facility. I’m from Essex but I don’t get to come back very often, so this is nice.”
After the film, Moyes kicked off the question and answer session by asking Frost about his role in the film and how he enjoyed the complex action sequences.
Later, questions from the audience came thick and fast as he talked about his new film Cuban Fury, out next year, his close relationship with Pegg, working with former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, and how the Cornetto Trilogy got its name.
At the end of the evening, Frost auctioned off an array of film memorabilia including signed posters, CDs and a gold watch – a gift from the GQ awards which he attended earlier in the week.
He also auctioned off the cardigan he wore in the film – bought and donated to the cinema’s archive by Saffron Screen business manager Rebecca del Tufo.
The avid audience of 200 feasted on Cornettos, sold especially for the screening, and helped raise £1,600 for SWOP from the auction, donations and profits from the evening, donated by Saffron Screen.
SWOP was formed in 1987 and supports all families with special needs children aged 0-5 years. It offers respite, friendly and stimulating sessions and for parents to meet other parents in a supportive environment.
The World’s End sees Gary (Simon Pegg) and his old school friends reunite and return home as they attempt finally to complete the fabled pub crawl of their youth.
But what starts with high hopes and excitement soon takes a strange turn as they discover that the inhabitants of their old hometown have undergone an unusual change. A hilarious rollicking ride, it is the much anticipated end to Pegg, Wright and Frost’s jokingly titled Cornetto Trilogy.