Playing Scotty in the new Star Trek is a dream come true for Simon Pegg. In a new interview with Collider the actor says “I am such a roaring geek. I still have the bruises from pinching myself.” In the in depth interview the actor shows off his geek cred in talking about about getting the Star Trek job, his feelings about Abrams, the script, the original Doohan, and even Trek fan films.
Pegg on Abrams, the script, Trek, fan films and more
Pegg told Collider that Abrams reached out to him for M:I:3 after being impressed with his zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. Pegg’s work on on M:I:3 film is likely what got him the gig for Scotty which again was offered directly from Abrams (this time via email). The admiration seems to go both ways, Pegg saying “I don’t have praise high enough for that man. As we say here in the UK he’s the dog’s bollocks.” Pegg gave Abrams a vote of confidence on the film in a message to fans: “put your trust in JJ, you will not be disappointed.” Pegg, who is an accomplished writer (and a geek) also made a high compliment to Star Trek co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. When asked asked if he was able to work any lines or ideas into the film, he replied “No need.”
Pegg showed his respect for James Doohan, the original Scotty, saying:
I’m very aware that the character of Scotty belongs to James Doohan the man is a legend and it will always be his. Anything I do is a tribute to him. I actually got to meet his son Chris, which was a real treat. He told me a few stories from the old days, not least actually being on set when they were shooting “The Trouble With Tribbles.” He gave me a little bit of Dilthium Crystal from the show. I felt honored.
And Pegg displayed his inner Trekkie when asked to rank each of the shows:
Oh jeez, that’s a big question. I would say The Original because it’s the original, TNG because it reignited the franchise, Voyager because of 7 of 9, Deep Space 9 because of that fantastic throwback episode, the cartoon because I remember it vaguely, and lastly, Enterprise because I never saw it. An honorable mention must go to Star Trek: New Voyages which can be found on the net which has to be one of the most amazing examples of fan based dedication out there. It’s impossible not to get high on the love. I would say Shatner’s Kirk is my favorite Captain because he created such a brilliantly charismatic character. Having said that, I must ask the world to prepare for the wonder of Chris Pine.
Just a geek
Pegg showed more geek cred in the interview. For example he is clearly a fan of Lost created by Abrams and fellow Trek producer Damon Lindelof, telling Collider that he tried to corner JJ Abrams and ask him “who are the Oceanic 6?” He also talked about geeking out working on How to Lose Friends & Alienate People where he stars with Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, Jeff Bridges and Megan Fox, saying he appreciated the fine work, but his inner geek was screaming:”look it’s me with Mary Jane Watson, Special Agent Dana Scully, The Dude and Mikaela from Transformers!”
For much more check out the excellent interview at Collider.com (which is also a great site if you haven’t seen it before).
Pegg on Trek as Sci-fi
With all of that above, it may be worth re-mentioning a quote from Pegg in a previously reported interview with the Australian Herold Sun. The self-described geek was asked if he thought the new Star Trek was ‘serious sci-fi’ to which he replied:
Very much so. It’s not at all ironic. It’s not a jokey take on the original series. It’s a faithful and loving installment in the ongoing mythology of the show.