A couple more press outlets caught up with the Star Trek’s Simon Pegg at the Empire Awards on Sunday (see previous story). He told the BBC “It’s a great script and it’s going to be a fantastic film. So I think, Trekkies relax!” Pegg tells the UK Sun that it’s “amazing fun” to be playing Scotty and also discussed Abrams, life on the set, ‘getting wet’ and literally following Doohan to the finally frontier.
Regarding the film’s director and his handling of the film, Pegg says:
JJ Abrams is directing and he’s a wonderful man. He’s so committed to it being a proper Star Trek movie. It’s so faithful and so on the money that the fans are going to be very happy.
Pegg says he’s not the only funny person on the set — even Spock cracks a few jokes!
Filming’s going very smoothly. I had such a great time. Everyone is very funny. When the cameras roll the laughter has to stop but off set it was a scream. Zachary Quinto from Heroes [who plays Spock] is just a great laugh.
In discussing a scene in his upcoming film How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, Pegg revealed a small tidbit about his role as Scotty:
I’ve stripped off so often I’m bored of it. I’m 38 now so I can’t really get away with it. I’m not naked in Star Trek but I do get slightly damp. That’s all I can tell you.
Following Doohan…all the way
Pegg recently reiterated that his portrayal of Scotty in the new Star Trek film is a tribute to the character’s original performer, James Doohan. It now appears that Pegg is willing to follow Doohan’s footsteps into the final frontier… literally.
At my funeral anything will go dress wise. Don’t feel a need to wear black. And I’d have Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles playing. It’ll get everyone a bit psychaedelic – waving their hands in the air. And James [Doohan] who played the original Scotty was fired into space, so I’ll have to do that with my ashes too.
Simon Pegg attends the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards 2008 Drinks Reception held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 9, 2008 in London, England. (Wire Image)