While promoting his role in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Simon Pegg says that he knows about the story for the Star Trek sequel but hasn’t heard any confirmation of many of the previously reported rumors regarding the film’s villain. Pegg also talked about his hopes to get more serious. Watch the video clips below. [Potential SPOILERS below]
Pegg jokes about Scotty sex scene – says he hasn’t heard anything about Khan
Simon Pegg was at the same publicity event for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The actor told MTV he hadn’t yet read the script (as of last week) and he didn’t know what roles were being played by Peter Weller or Alice Eve, however he did say he was "excited to be working with Robocop." Pegg also joked about getting "large sex scene with Scotty and some green chicks."
Getting serious Pegg says that he does know about the story for the Star Trek sequel, but hasn’t heard a certain name come up:
I haven’t heard the name Khan come up. That is not to say it might not come up, but I have heard no mention of him whatsoever.
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Pegg wants to get serious
Simon Pegg’s background is in comedy and it would be fair to say that his role as Scotty provided much comic relief to the Star Trek movie. This is also true of Pegg’s role in the Mission Impossible films and of course he has written and starred in a number of other comedy TV shows and films. However, the actor is now hoping to get more serious. In another MI4 interview (with BBC Radio) Pegg said he would like to do more serious work if he is "allowed to," noting that comic actors are sometimes limited in the roles they are offered.
Last summer TrekMovie spoke to Pegg about getting more serious with the role of Scotty. In that video interview Pegg noted:
When I took the role of Scotty, I never looked at him as a comic character as such. He has always been a whimsical character, because of his background and is almost like an ethnic minority on board ship. There is something lyrical and fanciful about him. There is something about him that has whimsy, they all do at times even Spock. But I always thought that was what was in the script, he was marooned on that planet for a long time and he got on the ship and everything was kicking off and his reaction was almost like our reaction to it all. So yeah I absolutely hope so. I don’t think Scotty is a comic character at all. In this Star Trek he was thrust into everything, and he learned all this stuff about his own discoveries. He was brought on board the ship where everything was crazy and for him, that was a comic situation. I would like to hope that in future adventures he can find the sort of depth and seriousness that James Doohan had to tackle in the series.