Simon Pegg Exclusive Interview
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Collider: While this is a question that always gets asked…for this movie I think people will really want to know…how did you first find out that J.J. wanted you for Scotty and what was your initial reaction. Did you hesitate at all?
Simon Pegg: I got back from New York and switched on my phone to find an email from JJ. It read, simply..."Do you want to play Scotty?" I didn't say yes straight away. I called JJ and said, this is a huge commitment. I don't know if I should. JJ simply said, if the worst thing that happens is we get together every three years and have a great time, what's to worry about. I was convinced after that.
Collider: How are you making Scotty your own, especially in the shadow of Doohan's well known character?
Simon Pegg: I'm very aware that the character of Scotty belongs to James Doohan the man is a legend and it will always be his. Anything I do is a tribute to him. I actually got to meet his son Chris, which was a real treat. He told me a few stories from the old days, not least actually being on set when they were shooting The Trouble With Tribbles. He gave me a little bit of Dilthium Crystal from the show. I felt honored.
Collider: As someone who is famous for writing great dialogue, have you been able to work in any lines or ideas to the film?
Simon Pegg: No need.
Collider: As a fan of sci-fi, what’s it like being in the movie and on set. Are you prepared to be a Star Trek action figure and have you had your head scanned yet?
Simon Pegg: It was great being on such an auspicious set particularly as I am such a roaring geek. I still have the bruises from pinching myself.
I actually already have five official action figures, four for Shaun of the Dead and one for Doctor Who. Obviously more would be nice. You can never have enough.
Collider: Do you have a good story from the set that you could share, something that wouldn’t give anything away but would make the fans happy.
Simon Pegg: You'll have to wait for the DVD. As for the fans, of which I am one, I cannot say this emphatically enough, put your trust in JJ, you will not be disappointed.
Collider: This is for fans of Trek. Please rank the Trek shows in order of preference. Also, if you don’t mind, please include why you ranked each show where you did. And the big one…who is your favorite captain. If you go with the new one, who is your favorite of the TV show captains and why.
Simon Pegg: Oh jeez, that's a big question. I would say The Original because it's the original, TNG because it reignited the franchise, Voyager because of 7 of 9, Deep Space 9 because of that fantastic throwback episode, the cartoon because I remember it vaguely, and lastly, Enterprise because I never saw it. An honorable mention must go to Star Trek: New Voyages which can be found on the net which has to be one of the most amazing examples of fan based dedication out there. It's impossible not to get high on the love.
I would say Shatner's Kirk is my favorite Captain because he created such a brilliantly charismatic character. Having said that, I must ask the world to prepare for the wonder of Chris Pine.
Collider: Did you have the accent ready to go or did you have to work on it. How scared were you the first day on set and doing your first line in front of everyone?
Simon Pegg: Half my family is Scottish so, I am around that accent constantly. My wife was on set with me and Tommy Gormley the film's 1st AD, and one of the best 1st ADs I have ever had the pleasure of working with, is a dyed in the wool Glaswegian, so I had nothing to worry about. I had help.
Collider: I know you're in London now. When do you come back to L.A. to finish Trek and how long will you be working on the film.
Simon Pegg: I'm back out in LA for a few days this month. I can't wait.
Collider: Now that the writer’s strike is over, how excited are you to be able to incorporate new ideas and lines on the fly while shooting. Also, what was your reaction to finding out they pushed the film back to next summer?
Simon Pegg: As I implied above, the script was a sharp, engaging and exciting read before the strike started. It's nice to have your work done for you sometimes.
I think it's great about the film's re scheduling even though the audience will have to wait longer. It's such a great show of faith from the studio. I think they saw what JJ was coming up with and thought, "this is a summer movie".
Collider: I know you are a fan of Heroes. Have you tried to talk with Zachary Quinto about getting a part on the show?
Simon Pegg: I love Zach, he's a very funny man and we had a great time on set. We did chat about Heroes but I didn't ask him to put a word in on my behalf. Part of me doesn't want to ruin a show I enjoy watching. That was my only problem with M:I:3. I was so wrapped up in the action and enjoying the film, when my potato head suddenly appeared, I was like, "aw man, get off". I sure others felt that way too.
Collider: Have you been able to work with/talk to Leonard Nimoy and what’s that been like?
Simon Pegg: I can't really say anything other than Leonard is a legend and wonderful person. It is something else to come face to face with a character you have known for almost thirty years. It doesn't get much better as an actor or a geek.
Collider: Awhile ago you mentioned that you and Nick were working on a script. What’s the status of it and is it a project that might be your next film? Also, can you talk about what the film is about?
Simon Pegg: It's called Paul and I can only tell you what's already on the IMDB. I can tell you we're nearing the end of the second draft and we're very happy with it. We're hoping to shoot toward the end of the year.
Collider: Edgar has said that you guys are going to do another script soon. Now that the strike is over, is that on the horizon? And if Edgar ends up doing Ant-Man or Scott Pilgrim, are you going to try and be in it. Are you guys like a package deal.
Simon Pegg: Edgar and I know what the third film will be, in what's become known as The Blood and Ice Cream trilogy and as I have said before it will be the answer to the following equation - Shaun of the Dead x Hot Fuzz =
Collider: After working on a few big projects recently, are you thinking about going to a small indie next or are you enjoying playing in the big budget pool.
Simon Pegg: Funnily enough...you'll have to wait and see.
Collider: Are you looking forward to writing with Edgar and Nick now that it’s been awhile…or are you enjoying just saying other people’s lines?
Simon Pegg: Edgar and Nick are my homies and there's no place like homie.
Collider: This summer will be a big deal for Trek. Are you looking forward to being on stage in Hall H at Comic-Con in front of thousands of fans or are you a bit nervous.
Simon Pegg: I love Comic Con and I can't wait. We'll also be out there to launch the Region 1 DVD release of Spaced and on a completely unrelated matter, throw eggs at any panels we're not so keen on.
Collider: What was your reaction when you first saw the new Trek trailer. Did you take a moment and sort of realize shit I’m in this.
Simon Pegg: That's exactly what I thought. I was with Edgar and when it finished and my name briefly appeared, we looked at each other and burst out laughing.
Collider: And…last question. What are you doing after Trek?
Simon Pegg: How To Lose Friends comes out in October, Me and Nick will hopefully will shoot Paul (the film not a man) and then me and Edgar have to put the first phase of our career to bed. Pegg out.