Simon Pegg plays a middle-aged goth who can’t let go of his past in The World’s End, which is why he drags his old friends on a nostalgic pub crawl. Playing Gary King was Pegg’s own nostalgic trip, though, because he actually was a goth in his youth, too. “I never dyed my hair black when I was young, though,” he told IFC. “I kept it my natural color, but I used to crimp it.” For the film, Pegg finally got to dye his hair jet black, but he learned his dismay that as his blond roots came in, it looked like he was balding. “I was stuck with that for four months!” he laughed.
Pegg also got to wear the T-shirt of his favorite band, the Sisters of Mercy as part of his costume, and managed to get the band’s song “This Corrosion” featured throughout the film in key points. “It’s a great, operatic, dramatic song, and I loved the idea of using the choral part at certain points in the movie,” Pegg said. “It was fun for me to say to [director] Edgar [Wright], ‘Listen to this.’ And he has since really gotten into it, which is a point of pride to me.”