There is a bunch of press lately that Simon Pegg (star of Hot Fuzz) was a “bizarre casting choice” for the role of Scotty in the up-coming Star Trek movie. (Simon Pegg quotes below). Although I was publicly backing Paul McGillion because he looked so much like my father, I believe that Simon Pegg is a great choice. He may not look like Scotty, but his Scottish accent is very good, with a slight Glaswegian flare and he’s a great actor.
There are many who think the new Scotty should have a “flawless Scottish accent”, but I disagree. On a recent trip to Scotland, the Provost (Mayor) of the small town of Linlithgow asked me why I didn’t audition for the role of Scotty. I told him that my accent wasn’t very good, which made him laugh hysterically. He replied, “Then you would be perfect for the part” He then told me that my fathers Scottish accent was terrible, but that’s one of the things they loved about him.
I believe that the casting of someone that is known more for comedic roles was a well though out, smart decision. The character of Scotty was always good for a little comic relief (talking into the computer mouse as if it were a microphone saying “computer, computer” just to mention one) on the show, and Simon Pegg is very funny, with impeccable timing. It also tells me that the plot may call for a Scotty with a sense of humor.
Again, although he doesn’t look like Scotty, I think he’ll be great, and believe he was cast for a reason other then his look or accent. I have all the faith in the world that he was the best choice. I recently received an email from Simon in which he said:
I can’t tell you what a thrill it is for me to be cast in this role. Believe me when I say my participation in this film will be a 100% tribute to your Dad and a role that will forever belong to him
Yes, he seems like a nice guy too. Good luck and have fun with the role, Simon.
– Chris Doohan
…and here is a message from my sister Dierdre
Every day since my father’s passing, I am reminded of him through his fans devotion. The thought of a movie honoring this ground-breaking show and the lovable character Scotty, is heart-warming. Simon is a perfect choice and I send him my blessings as he continues the legacy of Scotty for the next generation of trekkers.
– Deirdre Cruz
the choice of Simon Pegg as the new Scotty took some by surprise
In addition to being the son of the son of James Doohan, the original Scotty, Chris Doohan is also the lead singer of the LA based band The Muddflaps. He shares his lead vocal position in the band with Gretchen Bonaduce, the ex-wife of Chris’s long time friend, Danny Bonaduce. The Muddflaps also appeared in both seasons of the hit show Breaking Bonaduce. Links: www.myspace.com/chrisdoohan www.dilithiumcrystal.com