Carrie Bell
March 16, 2011 AT 02:00 PM EDT

Simon Pegg is the first to admit that a film about an alien is not an original idea. “We certainly didn’t invent the wheel with Paul, but aliens are the last great mystery,” Pegg told EW at Monday’s Hollywood premiere for the film, about two fanboys on a road trip with a extraterrestrial who loves junk jokes and pop-culture references. “There is this great big tantalizing space hanging above us that we can’t reach, potentially harboring any number of species, which is why we fill it with our dreams, fantasies and nightmares and will continue to.” All the talk of little green men left us wondering what side of the close-encounters-of-the-third-kind debate Pegg and company supports. The truth is right here:

Simon Pegg: “I totally believe there are aliens out there. I don’t think they’ll come visiting. Space ships, abductions, anal probing — that’s when it starts to get a little loopy. I reckon it is a moment of massive arrogance assuming we are the only life in the universe or that, if they do exist, their first order of business is to come here, kidnap us and stick things in our orifices. They’re probably on their planet talking about us and the horrible things we would do to them if we invaded. Wouldn’t it be great if they were making movies about us called Simon? It’s entirely possible.”

Nick Frost: “Oh yeah, I believe they are out there. If they had to be like any alien we’ve seen in a movie, Paul wouldn’t be bad. You hope for E.T. over Predator. I’d rather Paul than the ones that drink your fluids. I wouldn’t even mind a poke in the ass if it meant they left my fluids alone. That would be a horrible way to die.”

Seth Rogen: “If there are aliens out there, we should kill them. Odds are — if movies have taught me anything, there are, like, three friendly-alien movies and a billion bad-evil-alien movies — they would be our enemies. So if I ever meet an alien, I will choke it to death with my bare hands and ask questions later. I tend to err on the side of caution.”

Jane Lynch: “I have not had any personal experiences that lead me to believe in aliens, but I think we’d be stupid to assume we are by ourselves in this entire universe that seems infinite. To think we’re the only ones sucking air seems egotistical to me. One can only hope that if and when we do make first contact, they are as funny as Seth Rogen. Although that would suck for the actual Seth Rogen, as they would probably book all of his gigs.”

Jason Bateman: “The studio heads are all in cahoots. ‘Look, we’re making movies about you. Come down and say hi. Prove our theories wrong or right.’ I guess we assume they have some sort of streaming mechanism out there so they can watch our movies and see that we’re into them. Maybe they’re betting on them being advanced intelligent beings who can help us fix the mess we’ve made of everything.”

Jeffrey Tambor: “If you are a numbers guy alone, you have to bet that there’s something out there. It may not look like my Aunt Mitzy, but there has to be something out there in some form. I hope they find out in my lifetime. That would be kind of cool, right?” [EW: Well, I suppose as long as they aren’t here to suck our brains out.] “True, although I’m almost at that brain-sucking stage anyway. They would just be finishing the deal in my case.”

Joe Lo Truglio: “I don’t know if I hope they’re out there because I have no desire to become enslaved in an alien mine, but they probably are. There are a lot of telescopes looking out there, finding a lot of planets in the sweet zone capable of supporting life. That’s probably not the actual scientific term, but I’ll go with it for the sake of this debate. If they’re like Paul, I imagine they’d want to visit because we offer such a wide variety of cargo shorts. It wouldn’t be the first time someone lost a few hours at an Old Navy.”

David Koechner: “If they can get to Earth, I’m going to assume they are more evolved than us and won’t have any desire to root around in our anal cavities. I’ve already had enough of that at airport security this year.”

Bill Hader: “With all the cameras and YouTube, I think if they visiting our planet, we would have gotten proof on tape. Someone credible would have seen something by now. But it’s always the same type of people who claim to have seen a UFO or been abducted. It’s always the guy with very few teeth who says [in a hillbilly accent], ‘I was out in my truck alone shooting at squirrels and drinking some Buds and I saw a UFO.’ It’s never [changes to a posh British accent], ‘Me and my wife were on our way to a lecture at the university when we saw an alien.’ So I just don’t buy it. The witnesses are not credible enough for me. Wouldn’t they want to reveal themselves to someone more powerful or intelligent?”

Blythe Danner: “There are so many billions of stars out there that there has to be something. The idea doesn’t frighten me and I don’t obsess about it, but now that we are destroying this Earth, we should probably be hoping that some advanced race is out there to help us or has a planet they will let us go live on.”

Director Greg Mottola: “Aliens are the ultimate Other. We’re obsessed with people who are different than us. We’re fascinated. We’re scared. We want to meet them, yet we worry that they threaten our way of life. So like everyone else, I simultaneously hope they exist and don’t exist. If they do, I hope they all look like David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth. He’d get a lot more dates than Paul.”

So, PopWatchers, do you believe in extra-terrestrials?

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