Simon Pegg says the subject of his new alien film Paul" is like "ET's dirty brother."
"Paul" follows two sci-fi nerds named Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) who make a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland, Area 51 in Nevada. When they get there, they meet an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who has escaped the military base where he had been held for 60 years. When Paul joins the two on a road trip, federal agents (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Truglio) and the father of a young woman (Kristen Wiig) that they accidentally kidnapped start following them.
"He's the one alien, this year, I think that hasn't come to kill us," Pegg told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Los Angeles premiere of "Paul.
"There are just so many movies about us being destroyed and subjugated and abused by aliens," he said. "This guy is just a big, sweet, dopey kind of, you know, he's a mate. He's the kind of alien you would want to meet, 'cause he's like ET's dirty brother. His language isn't too clean, but his heart's in the right place."
The film also features performances by Jane Lynch, Blythe Danner, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.
Pegg is best known for writing and starring in the 2004 cult-favorite, "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "Run, Fatboy, Run." The British actor and his wife of 4-years, Maureen McCann welcomed a daughter on July 6, 2009.
"Paul" was released on March 18, 2011. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).