Simon Pegg On Scotty’s Differences And John Harrison Speculation In ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

There is a new Star Trek Collector’s Edition magazine just showing up at retailers in the US. It includes interviews with cast and crew of classic Trek shows and the new Star Trek Into Darkness, including Simon Pegg. See below for some of Pegg’s comments about how Scotty is different in this movie and how he had to dial back his Scottishness.  


Simon Pegg on Scotty and Harrison in ‘Into Darkness’

Star publishing has a brand new Star Trek Collector’s Edition magazine which is just showing up at local retailers. One of the people interviewed is Star Trek Into Darkness star Simon Pegg. Here are some excerpts…

Pegg on how Scotty is different in Into Darkness

"He’s still very proud, and he thinks he owns the ship. He’s very principled, and those principles define his role in the film. "

Pegg also said that he had to re-calibrate his Scottishness:

"Because I’ve got Scottish family, J.J. lets me put Scotishisms into the script. But one day he came up to me on the set and said, ‘Simon, we have to understand what you are saying!" So I pulled it back a little bit. "

Simon Pegg on fan speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison…

“It’s been fun seeing people try to figure out who he is playing and all the time it just being a very simple answer. John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within. Not…a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever. It’s the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.”

and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Pegg

In addition to Pegg, Star’s new Star Trek Collector’s Edition magazine features comments from Star Trek Into Darkness production designer Scott Chambliss and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett. The mag also features exclusive interview comments from William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, LeVar Burton, Scott Bakula, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Brannon Braga, and more. There is even a "Battle of the Trekkies, one of which is TrekMovie’s Anthony Pascale.

Spread from new Collector’s Edition

Star’s new Star Trek Collector’s Edition Magazine officially release date is Tuesday March 26th and will be available at any major outlet (Walmart, CVS, Kroger, RiteAid, etc.).  You can buy a digital copy at Apple iTunes.


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March 26, 2013 4:26 am

They need to change Pine’s pic on that cover.

March 26, 2013 4:33 am

“John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within. Not…a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever.”

….You mean…. his character is not Hispanic…or Indian?

How disappointing!!!


“….It’s the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.”

As I said, some time ago, this is going to be good…..

March 26, 2013 4:34 am

Ditto that comment for Zachary Quinto. They have to be two of the worst publicity stills ever. I assume that’s an example of photoshopping gone mad. Urban and Saldana look OK.

March 26, 2013 4:39 am

I know a lot of non trekkies who absolutely loved the last Star Trek film.

I think this installment is going to win over a lot more new fans than the first.

Vulcan Soul
March 26, 2013 4:40 am

That cover with two respected captains and that… kid says it all. Lifted (and photo-shopped) “90210” actors plus explosions, that is the sad state of affairs in Trek.

March 26, 2013 4:40 am

Agreed, next to Spock prime Quinto looks like anyone going to a dressup party in that pic, not like the real deal.

Mr Lirpa
March 26, 2013 5:14 am

@5, that “Kid” is 32, just a couple of years younger that Shatner was when he first played Kirk. That said he does look about 16 in that picture!

endeavour crew
March 26, 2013 5:25 am

Is that Chris Pine or a young Kirstie Alley with short hair?………

March 26, 2013 5:33 am that you mention it – it’s the way the eyebrows arch…

March 26, 2013 5:47 am

The cover looks like it should be for “Teen Beat”! Who are they selling this to? Honestly, bad design all around. The only one who looks decent is Patrick Stewart. Old pic of the Shat looks…pasty…

March 26, 2013 5:57 am

#8 Endeavour & Obsessive, ROFL it’s the same eyebrow Kirstie arched … “separated at birth”!!

Obsessive, agreed, worst ZQ Spock pose EVER [tho the one on the 2009 poster is, to me, a close second].

Dee and Karl right next to each other … it’s uncanny … in a really good way.

March 26, 2013 6:15 am

Agered..Pine and Quinto look like a litle scarey! That was TREK 90210! the new JJ series that …….didn’t make the cut!

KevinA Melbourne Australia
March 26, 2013 6:30 am

What the…..!!!! I know this is not specifically about the trailer but…

I’ve just been to a showing of “Good day To Die Hard”.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” trailer was shown. NO “Star Trek” anywhere!!!! Yes a trailer with just “Into Darkness”is being advertised in Australia.
I’ll say again….What the…..!

Khaaan, the weasel
March 26, 2013 6:30 am

@8: Oh my – another case of “what has been seen can’t be unseen”…

What a crappy job they did on that photo… Do you remember that scene in “Insurrection”, when Adm Dougherty got facelifted to death (oh,, I guess you remember, as that’s one of the very few memorable scenes in that movie…)? – Well, the portraits of Pine and Quinto on that cover have definitely been “shopped to death”.

March 26, 2013 6:35 am

I wonder if Pine’s acne-scars (and personally I think they give him a bit of roughness in a GOOD way) mean he gets ‘over-shopped’ by graphics editors. I think this is what has happened.

12. Marja. Agreed, Kelley/Urban look good, but I also think Nichols/Saldana look good too. Poor Nichelle (and Grace Lee-Whitney) had to endure some awful ’60s ‘helmet hair’. There are a few episodes where Majel Barrett had her hair dyed a weird ash-grey with dark bits and a tail. Looked like she had a Davy Crockett hat on!

On Simon Pegg, I had to LoL, coz there is no unintelligible sci-talk that nobody understands in Trek, is there?

March 26, 2013 6:46 am


If they have to alter what Trek used to be all about and alienate fans in order to please the mainstream for a few dollars more, I’m out.

March 26, 2013 6:47 am

I’d just like to remind everyone – as if we could forget – that today is Leonard Nimoy’s birthday.

Happy Birthday Mr Nimoy!

March 26, 2013 6:50 am

@16. Yay! Thanks for reminding us! Happy birthday Mr. Nimoy. To a thoughtful, creative, interesting man.

William Bradley
March 26, 2013 7:18 am

But but but… he’s not KHAN?? The most British actor in all of Britain is not playing a younger version of Ricardo Montalban??

How can this be?!


> “It’s been fun seeing people try to figure out who he is playing and all the time it just being a very simple answer. John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within. Not…a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever. It’s the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.”

March 26, 2013 7:21 am

One big reason why the photos of the new Bones and Uhura look much better than Kirk and Spock is simply because they are taken from the movie itself where as the other 2 were publicity photos that what ever advertising agency they used mucked up on a whole heap of the photos.

The few from the upcoming movie look a whole lot better.

March 26, 2013 7:44 am

#5: Rubbish. Pine is almost exactly the age Shatner was when he took on the role.

March 26, 2013 7:45 am

#15: Bye.

March 26, 2013 7:46 am

#15: They haven’t alienated fans. By and large, fandom hugely embraced the 2009 film. Those complaining represent a small but vocal minority–who, amazingly, seem not to even understand what Star Trek is all about, given their narrow-mindedness.

Mad Mann
March 26, 2013 8:34 am

Heh: Star. One of the most respected sources in journalism.

Dirty Harry
March 26, 2013 9:31 am

Like most of us, I’ve been backwards and forwards about whether John Harrison is Khan, or Gary Mitchell, or somebody else.

I’ve come to the conclusion that he is NOT Khan, but he IS Khan as well… Let me explain.

I don’t believe that half way through this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to say, “Actually, my name’s not John, it’s Khan”. I think it would just sound ridiculous.

But let’s not look at WHO Khan is but WHAT Khan is. Khan represents someone who:

is stronger and more powerful than others;
is clever and passionate;
has a grudge to bear;
is willing to kill to get what he wants / make his point.

Everything suggests that we do have a Khan movie – just revamped for the 21st century.

Just my conclusion.

Doug Haffner
March 26, 2013 9:51 am

I’m just concerned that all the hype over who he is or is not will leave fans all “meh” when it’s revealed. Sometimes too much attention on a small secret detail can undermine the rest of the film. As long as the film is good (and I think it looks good so far) I don’t care if he’s Kevin Riley or Dr. Noonian Soong or Admiral Culpepper of the anti-federation terrorist cell known as the Earthers.

Crewman Darnell
March 26, 2013 10:04 am

Wow… That particular magazine cover is absolutely grotesque.

March 26, 2013 10:19 am

# 14 I think his scars are cool. The airbrushing is just not necessary but whatever. That’s hollywood.

Happy Birthday, Leonard!! Wow 82 that is awesome :D I hope you keep living long and prospering hahaha. Poor guy is probably sick of that line. He was so nice when I got my pic with him and Shatner at a con.

March 26, 2013 10:23 am

Why does Pine look like he is 16, looks like Beiber or something. The photoshop guy should be fired for trying to make Pine and Quinto bad.

Dee - lvs moon surface
March 26, 2013 10:36 am

I agree those photos of Kirk/Pine and Quinto/Spock from 2009… it’s really annoying at this point… btw it was annoying at that time, too… time for stid images, now!

March 26, 2013 10:45 am

Gotta get this issue too, but would rather have the Empire magazine- it seems like it has more substance to it. And I agree the photoshop person needs to be fired for the pictures of Quinto and Pine.

March 26, 2013 10:48 am

The logic of a beaten housewife. Can’t argue with that.
You stay, I’m out of this relationship.

March 26, 2013 10:53 am

It’s quite sad that some fans act all childish and keep up the whine and cheese show about how “this is not my trek” gibberish. It’s obnoxious. Get……get..a…life!

Somebody call the waaaaambulance on #5 and #15.

March 26, 2013 11:11 am

This aint my Trek.

But I hold out hope.

March 26, 2013 11:35 am

Picked up the Star special yesterday. Lots of interesting speculation in the articles.

Never Say Canon Again
March 26, 2013 11:49 am

Gotta be Khan. Who else had withstood all the bizarre counter theories a fanboy can come up with. It’s been simple all along.

March 26, 2013 12:05 pm

#22….the waaaaambulance is on it’s way.

Seriously…the TNG era of Trek really went a very long way into turning the fan base into a bunch of whiney closed minded crybabies. “It’s not my trek…it’s not my trek, waaaaa, it’s not my trek.” Grow up. These last two films are better then anything done by the Voyager, Enterprise and the last 2 TNG films, which if I need to remind anybody, SUCKED. Crap, Insurrection (which is a giant slice of urine soaked crap sandwich) dealt with exploring a “new world”..yeah, how’d that work out?

As a huge, huge, HUGE TOS fan, I seem to remember a bunch of the episodes..actually a large portion, being action based with villains, fist fights and women wearning next to nothing. Shoot, even when they explored “new worlds” they had to resort to some sorta violence to “save the ship”…nobody seemed to care back then. Now you gotta hear all levels of drama queen antics anytime someone thinks of the new films.

You want an example of something that “ruined a franchise”…look no farther then the prequel Star Wars films. Those “ruined” star wars. These new films have done Star Trek the opposite of the example above.

Just..WOW sometimes. Wow.

March 26, 2013 12:24 pm

Why is Severus Snape standing next to Nimoy? Tee hee.

Of all the photos of these guys, they chose those two. And to my dad, above, Quinto’s the same age as Nimoy was in Trek’s first season.

22. Exactly. And the ownership — “this is not my Trek” is telling.

March 26, 2013 12:24 pm

I actually re-watched Insurrection a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed it.

I’m also a “huge TOS” fan,” by the way.

But thanks for your (and only your) opinion.

March 26, 2013 12:49 pm

I’m beginning to think that it was going to be Khan, but when they couldn’t find the right guy for the job, they changed the role a little. It would be hard for someone named Khan to look like a pasty white British dude.

March 26, 2013 1:00 pm


Insurrection was bad, that and Nemesis almost killed Star Trek. Throw in Enterprise theme song and stupid stories, and nail was in coffin.

My tickets are printed and waiting patiently for May 15th, whoever the villain is I don’t care at this point. I just want to be entertained and see crew on ship kicking ass.

March 26, 2013 1:06 pm

Let me rephrase it then so that hopefully you’ll understand;

This is not the direction I want Star Trek to follow, or I’ll lose interest.

As a longtime fan, I think I owe the makers at least some feedback why.

You don’t even know what our complaints are, but it’s fascinating to watch you project your frustrations onto anyone who does. Please continue telling me what I think. :-)

March 26, 2013 1:10 pm

Marcus is the enemy within. But since Marcus is Khan’s mentor we will have a lot of villains in this movie.

March 26, 2013 1:12 pm


Yes we know you’re not actually going anywhere. You’ve been saying that for 3 years.

March 26, 2013 1:28 pm
I actually really don’t care what the individual complaints are….I’ve been on this site since the start and I’ve read them all, most all boil down the tried and true “it’s not my trek” garbage (with a mixture of the normal Kirk was promoted too fast, they are always action films, they are not same as the old films, they are too “revenge based” with the plot, the stories are too main stream, scientific inaccuracies that would never really happen in the real world while forgetting that star trek is fictional, etc etc etc etc) This is the truth….Get used to the direction of the films. The old Trek is never coming back. The only way it will make it back to TV is if these films are successful, and even if it does get back to TV, it will never be the same. It will be fast paced, with alot of action mixed in with some exploration, but it will be “dialed down” so that the average every day viewer will tune in, much like the movies. The movies MUST appeal to EVERYONE. Last time a Trek movie was made for Trek fans we got the misrable mess that was Nemesis and Insurrection. I understand some fans like Insurrection, but lets not mince words. It sucked hardcore. It was bad. It, along with Nemesis, Voyager and Enterprise KILLED Star Trek..until 11 came along, that is. Yes, I had some minor issues with the last film, but nothing that would… Read more »
Dee - lvs moon surface
March 26, 2013 1:54 pm
March 26, 2013 2:05 pm

I think in the new movie the character of John Harrison was originally written as Khan, but when they couldn’t land the hispanic or other ethnic looking actor(s) they wanted for the part, it was rewritten in such a way that anyone could play the role. Therefore, the story has many leftover Khan like elements and similarities, but is no longer Khan specific.

It may even still be connected to Khan in a very loose tiny thread of the story way.

March 26, 2013 2:07 pm

Please tell me what I said to deserve a a ‘Waambulance’. I’m @15.

March 26, 2013 2:08 pm


I agree I think that is what happened here, written as Khan but rewritten to fit Cumberbatch.

March 26, 2013 2:09 pm


I think the numbering is off by 1