Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have reprised their roles from iconic British zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead in a video about dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Pegg urged fans to “look after each other” and “don’t be selfish” in order to make life easier during the crisis.
The duo released the clip on the YouTube page for their production company Stolen Picture, with Frost asking Pegg about their plan for getting through the coming months.
Rather than killing father-in-law Phillip if he has been infected, Pegg now states that they should “follow the NHS guidelines to the letter” and declares that “the pub is out” as a potential safe haven, adding “remember what happened last time”.
In the 2004 film, Pegg’s title character’s decision to seek sanctuary in The Winchester had disastrous consequences for his friend Ed — played by Frost — who became a zombie.
Pegg concludes the video with a message directly to the audience.
He said: “If you can, stay at home, have a cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over.
“Above all, don't be a t*** about things. We're all in this together.
“Don't be selfish. Look after each other. Give someone a call if you think they might be lonely.”
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He then asks Frost if he is okay in the wake of the chaos, to which his co-star replies asking if he has any spare toilet paper, in reference to the panic buying sweeping the UK.
Pegg replies that he does not, but the camera reveals him sat next to an 18-pack of loo roll.
The video is a pleasant tonic for movie fans who have been starved of new releases since the pandemic hit the UK, with cinemas closing this week.
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright penned an op-ed this week for Empire Magazine, in which he spoke about the importance of helping to preserve cinema after coronavirus passes.
He wrote: “When this is all over, I can’t wait to get back in there and support my favourite cinemas in any way I can, even if it means watching way too many commercials, sitting through trailers that I’ve already seen several thousand times, and watching a franchise film that could easily lose 15 to 20 minutes.”