More Pegg: On Doohan + Production Design April 26, 2008by John Tenuto , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback
You would think after last month’s publicity tour for Run, Fatboy Run we have heard all we can hear from Simon Pegg, but in a new interview with the official Star Trek Magazine, the new Scotty talks about how he would have loved to hear on-set stories from the original Scotty and he also talks about the production design as well how the film will play with the fans.
Pegg on what he would have wanted to ask the late James Doohan:
I probably would have just wanted to hear some on-set stories. I think it would have been funny to have heard about what went on back in the day, and share some reminiscences with him. I’m sure things would have come up in conversation. When you sit down with somebody’s who’s played the character like that for so long you’re going to get some kind of insight — it’s a tragedy that he’s gone anyway, but it’s also a shame that I didn’t get to speak to him.
Pegg on director JJ Abrams and his vision for Trek:
In terms of working with J.J., he’s a very enthusiastic and really clever director. He really understands the show. He’s extremely thorough when it comes to the show, and extremely faithful to it. He loves it, and I think that’s very important. From what I have seen of the production design, it’s a fantastic merging of then and now. It’s a really fine line to walk — if you did have it completely as it was then, it would look out of place, so you need to bring it into focus a little bit. I think that’s been done just enough to make it work. It’s very much Star Trek and I think they’ve done an astounding job on it..
Simon Pegg is a self-described ‘geek’ and Trekkie, and after working on the film he feels that it respects his fellow fans.
There’s a lot to live up to. We’re very aware of the magnitude of what it is. It’s a big responsibility: it’s not the Starsky and Hutch film, some sort of cod nostalgia parody hokum. It really is genuinely a serious movie. It has elements of light-heartedness like all the Star Trek movies do, but there’s a lot of wonderful things which I think the Trek fans will get a lot of kicks out of, just the familiarity. There’s a lot of stuff in there for people who know the show. I think everyone is going to enjoy it, anyone who goes to see it, but I think it will be especially enjoyed by the Star Trek fans because there are many nods in there which are specifically for them.
The latest issue of Star Trek Magazine has much more from Pegg, as well as other good articles on the film, and much more. Pick it on newsstands now.