Watch: Simon Pegg Reveals How He Pranked Benedict Cumberbatch Into Forgetting His Lines July 8, 2014by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Conventions/Events/Attractions,Humor,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback
Over the weekend Simon Pegg made a somewhat rare con appearance at Fantasycon in Utah. The new Scotty actor talked about a number of things during his panel, including working on the Star Trek movies. Watch highlights from his talk below.
Pegg talks about ‘Neutron Cream’ prank + says new Trek crew break Hollywood young actor myths
One of the locations where Star Trek Into Darkness filmed was the Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility and while there actors Simon Pegg and Chris Pine played a prank on their fellow actors, telling them they needed to use a fake "neutron cream" to protect themselves from radiation. Eventually they pranked the whole cast, but at one point co-star Benedict Cumberbatch took them too seriously, Pegg explains…
[Benedict] was so taken in by it that he complained at lunchtime that he forgot his lines because of all the positive ions in the air. "I’ve got a bit of a headache, it’s just getting to me."
Pine and Pegg eventually revealed the truth in a funny way, watch Pegg recall the story below.
Last week Pegg tweeted out a picture of Pine and himself with the "Neutron Cream."
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) July 5, 2014
During Pegg’s panel he also talked about working with the Star Trek crew. By now their camaraderie is well known, but the actor revealed that he was initially wary of his fellow actors, saying…
I really love my star trek friends. I came to that group as the oldest cast member and I didn’t know any of these kids. I thought they were going to be young Hollywood and a bit weird and sort of needy and all those myths you hear about young actors. And they are not. They are very sort of cool, very collaborative, lovely bunch of people and I love every one of them and have made great friends with them just by being on set with them. So I would say that definitely the crew of the Enterprise. They were very well chosen.
Here is the full video of the panel
Thanks to Hobbitgirl and Novarat for videos. Top image via Simon Pegg/Twitter