Simon Pegg unsure about Seth Rogen for Paul

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This 2009 film reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise follows the main characters when they were all young. Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto star.
March 16th, 2011

Simon Pegg didn't have Seth Rogen in mind for alien movie 'Paul'.

The British actor - who stars opposite an extra-terrestrial voiced by Seth in the comedy road-trip film - originally wanted an older star for the role but was convinced by a studio someone younger might work better.

He said: "We had older actors in mind - somebody like Rip Torn.

"But when we were talking to the studio casting people, they were keen on people who were relevant to the comedy audience.

"When they said Seth, I realised that he was young, but he had an old voice. So it was a no-brainer. When I see the movie, I forget that Seth is even in it."

Simon - who is best known for movies including 'Star Trek' and 'Shaun of the Dead - also reveals it was originally planned for the titular-titled alien to have more of a "dog-like" name.

He told HollywoodandFine.com: "The name had to be ordinary, though we also thought about coming up with a name that was more doglike".