In a series of recent interviews promoting his latest film, Run Fatboy Run, Simon Pegg also talked more about his (now complete) time on Star Trek. The new Scotty again expressed his intent to honor (but not imitate) James Doohan. Pegg also revealed who visited him on set, what he was not able to pinch from the set and who is doing his Scottish accent coaching. He also again showed off his inner geek.
Pegg tells Vancouver’s Straight.com that it was his intention to honor Doohan and not imitate him.
I didn’t want to do an impression of James Doohan because it would seem that it was me just making fun of the character. I think those guys created some of the most significant characters in contemporary science fiction and this film is in deference to that. I didn’t want to just go of and pretend to be James Doohan. I wanted to be Scotty in his (Doohan’s) honour.
Pegg also emphasized the important role his wife playing in his performance.
My wife is Scottish and I would hope that some constant proximity to a Scot would enable me to play the part. She was on-set a lot and I would come off-set and say, ‘Did that sound all right?’ She was the yardstick and she wanted me to play a west Scotland character rather than one from eastern Scotland because she is from Glasgow.
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Pegg tells MTV.com of another set visit he had. His friends and frequent collaborators Nick Frost and Edgar Wright came to see him when he was on the set of the Enterprise bridge. Pegg admitted to feeling “pretty self-conscious” when they dropped by. The self-described geek also revealed a few items used in the film which he wanted to keep as souvenirs.
I would have loved to have taken a phaser or a tricorder or even my Starfleet Academy ring but sadly they hold onto that.
Pegg’s Geek Cred
And if you needed any more proof of Pegg’s geek cred, here are a few quotes from another recent story. Nick Frost tells The New York Times that his relationship with Pegg began with a Star Wars reference during a dinner:
[Simon] made the noise of a little droid in ‘Star Wars.’ It was such a little specific thing, and I’d never heard anyone else do that before. It was like he was talking my language. We both understood each other perfectly.
The Times also described Pegg and Frost’s next project, called Paul:
[Paul is] about a pair of geeky British friends (naturally) who travel to a comic-book convention on the West Coast; unlike their other films, this one has Mr. Frost as the dominant one and Mr. Pegg as the sidekick.
Pegg even believes in life on Mars, it seems. He tells The Guardian:
I’ve been reading The God Delusion, and I love [Richard] Dawkins’ idea that, given the sheer amount of galaxies out there, even if the chances of there being life on a planet is a billion to one, that means there are still over a billion planets out there with life on.
For even more Pegg, read yet another interview at ComingSoon.
Run, Fat Boy, Run starring Simon Pegg opens nationwide this Friday