Simon Pegg attended the premiere of his new movie, Run, Fat Boy, Run, in Los Angeles last night and the actor continued to discuss his role as the new Scotty with a variety of news outlets. He describes the difficulty he had in accepting of the role of Scotty, Trek fandom, fan reaction to his casting, and his approach to the role.
Pegg tells JoBlo that playing Scotty “really is very, very cool,” and explained that the decision to accept the role wasn’t very easy:
I agonized over it for a couple of days, ‘should I do this, is this the right thing for me to do?’ And eventually I decided it was because, you know, I love my job and my job is pretty much as much as I can about having fun. And this seemed to be a really fun thing to do.
Pegg also described his level of Trek fandom:
I was a fan of the original series and I dipped in and out of ‘The Next Generation’ and the following spin-offs. All of which I enjoyed to a degree. But I was particularly a fan of the first series, so its lovely to be re-visiting those characters, I feel an enormous amount of privilege and some, not a little, responsibility as well.
Pegg thinks Trekkies should relax:
The people out there who are concerned have to understand that it is in the hands of someone who loves the franchise and you really couldn’t have it better then that.
Co-writer/actor Simon Pegg arrives at the Run, Fat Boy, Run premiere on March 24, 2008 at Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California. (Wire Image)
He expressed similar sentiments with The Deadbolt when describing the general reaction to his being cast as Scotty:
It’s been mixed, actually, and I understand why. I’ve noticed some people have been like, ‘Great!’ and some people have been like, ‘I don’t get it. Why is he playing that part?’ And I completely understand because Star Trek is very precious to a lot of people and they want it to be right. But … as a Star Trek fan, if I wasn’t in the film I would want a Star Trek fan to be making a film and it is being made by a Star Trek fan. J.J. is that person. He’s exactly the person that those people should want and the decisions that he makes are in accordance with that love. So, you know, relax.
Pegg also explained how he approached the role of Scotty:
I thought I’d go and approach it the same way he [Jimmy Doohan] did, which was to start from scratch. So I tried not to watch – as much as I love the original series – I tried not to watch too much of it, because I wanted my performance to be a tribute to him and what he did with the character and not be an impression. It was daunting. It was like, ‘Sh*t, I’m going to be Scotty.’ And I had to approach it very carefully.
Simon, center of attention at “Run Fatboy Run” premiere (Wire Image)
Pegg reiterated his dedication to honoring Doohan in an interview with The Associated Press following the premiere Run, Fat Boy, Run:
I am playing ‘Scotty,’ but James Doohan is ‘Scotty.’ I tried to approach the role like he did. He’s a Scottish engineer who works in outerspace. He’s a bit of a brawler. I didn’t try to facilitate change.
Pegg also tells AP that he looks forward to playing Scotty for the next few years.
And lastly, in an interview with Movies Online Pegg said he was “a big sort of sci fi geek” and that Star Trek (along with Star Wars, Doctor Who) were big influences on him. He also said that as a fan he was sure the Trek franchise is in the right hands with JJ Abrams:
He’s a fantastic director – I mean seriously energized by enthusiasm. He’s so driven by his enthusiasm which is enormous. And I can’t think of a better person for this franchise to be in the hands of. As I’ve said before, if I was not in the film and I was the most rabid Star Trek fan – you know, I love it very much but not as much as some people – the person I would want to make the film is a fan of Star Trek and that is most certainly J.J.
Actor/Director David Schwimmer, actress Thandie Newton and actor Simon Pegg arrive at the Run, Fat Boy, Run premiere on March 24, 2008 at Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California. (Wire Image)