By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Simon Pegg is known for playing lovable reluctant antiheroes like the titular zombie killer in “Shaun of the Dead,” starship engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise and helpful techie Benji in the “Mission: Impossible” films.
Going against type, the British actor plays a merciless hit man in the Australian dark comedic thriller “Kill Me Three Times.” As Charlie, he is hired to knock off the wife of a beach club owner in a deceptively peaceful oceanside community near Perth. The owner (Callan Mulvey) suspects his wife is cheating on him and hires Charlie to do the dirty deed. Charlie soon discovers he isn’t the only one trying to rub out the two-timing Alice. There’s a matter of some stolen loot, blackmail, insurance fraud and more at play involving other locals. Co-starring alongside Pegg is Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Sullivan Stapleton.
With interweaving story lines and double-crossing characters, “Kill Me Three Times” is reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy classic “Fargo,” but set along Australia’s gorgeous West Coast, and helmed by native director Kriv Stenders.
Pegg’s part was greatly expanded from James McFarland’s original script as Stenders found more things to do with the mustachioed character.
The in-demand Pegg had less than three weeks to shoot his part as he was just coming off an extended shoot and wanted to go home to England to be with his wife, Maureen, and young daughter, Matilda. He still wanted to do the part, though, so the production worked around his schedule.