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The Real Reason Nick Frost Turned Down A Star Wars Role

Star Wars has played a huge role in Nick Frost's life. Frost is perhaps best known for his team-ups with Simon Pegg in Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End). And how did he first bond with Pegg? Through Star Wars sound effects.

In his memoir, quoted by The Guardian, Frost tells the story of how he and Pegg fell in comedy love. After meeting at a house party, Frost and Pegg started loosely hanging out together. One night, at a restaurant called the Pink Rupee, Pegg started using the condiments to imitate the mouse droids from A New Hope. "I knew exactly what this was. Time slowed around us, a warm bubble of light inflated and for a moment I couldn't see or hear anything but Simon," he wrote. "It was as if we were the only two people in the world. He got it, whatever it was. I understood him completely and he understood me."

And yet, despite the fact that one of the most meaningful relationships of his career came out of Star Wars, Frost turned down a role in the sequel trilogy. Simon Pegg voiced Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens, but Frost told Disney no.

Star Wars wouldn't pay Frost enough for a cameo

As reported by HuffPost UK, Nick Frost turned down a role in Star Wars because the pay was "rubbish." Speaking on the Celebrity Catchup podcast, Frost said "I've got a family. I don't do this for free."

Frost went on to say that although he loves watching Star Wars, the emphasis is on watching. "I mean I like Star Wars, I like watching it," he said. "I don't want to watch it and think 'Look at your ugly mug.'"

Simon Pegg feels no such compunction about joining the casts of his favorite genre franchises. He and Edgar Wright flew to America for a brief cameo in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead. Pegg also joined the cast of the 11th Star Trek film, despite the fact that his character on Spaced said that one of the great constants of the universe is that "every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is sh*t." And, of course, Pegg followed his Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams, into Star Wars as Unkar Plutt.

Frost has no regrets, however. "There's a part of me that thinks 'You could have been in Star Wars,'" he said. "But f*ck it."