What if you were given absolute powers with just a wave of your hand? Missions are definitely possible in Simon Pegg's latest comedy movie Absolutely Anything opposite Kate Beckinsale.
Pegg takes on the role of Neil Clarke, an unassuming teacher from London chosen by a group of cackling aliens who want to destroy Earth. But before they can do that, they have to abide by the Earth must first prove itself worthy to be saved and preserved. At first, Neil doesn’t realize that anything unusual is happening. He is completely oblivious. He doesn't see the laser beam from outer space that strikes him as he cycles to school. Shenanigans ensue, and Neil discovers that he can do anything he wishes with a wave of his hand. But he can't get the hang of his newfound powers straight away.
All the while he is desperately bidding for the heart of the girl of his dreams (and ours), Catherine (Kate Beckinsale), who lives downstairs.
"My character works in television on a show about books," Beckinsale explains. "Her boss is played by Joanna Lumley who is a quite fearsome creature, with my character being a bit more idealistic. Catherine lives in the same building as Simon who is supposedly writing a book. Her character and his know each other though not intimately. But then she becomes embroiled in his whole charm."
"I was also drawn to the fact that it is a really sweet script," she continues, "a very silly and fun fantasy comedy. But the thing that was most attractive was that anybody would want to work with director Terry Jones. I'm such a massive fan of his and of all the Pythons, and of Simon, too."
"It is fantastic working with Simon," Beckinsale says. "He is absolutely as funny and nice and inventive and cool as you would assume that he is. Also, he works really hard and it's a lovely vibe to be around."
Absolutely Anything is a fantastical story of choosing the right words, of working out what a man really wants, and of saving our planet from total destruction.