Simon Pegg’s Run, Fatboy, Run opened yesterday and the final interviews with the actor are now online. Showing the media’s interest in the new Star Trek, Pegg continues to be asked about his role as Scotty. He remains careful not to give out any spoilers, but offers insights into the role and the film. A few interesting excerpts below, including a testy exchange with the LA Times.
Pegg explains to ReelzChannel why he isn’t giving out plot details
The minute I open my mouth a bullet will come through that window. A dart will hit me in the neck and I’ll just go unconscious
…but did talk about Abrams approach
The thing that’s great about him is that he’s an enthusiast, he’s a movie-lover, he’s a geek like me, he’s a fanboy. I think if I wasn’t involved with Star Trek and I knew they were making a new film, I would want someone who is a fan of the franchise to make the film. And that’s what’s happened.
Respect for Scotty, the genius brawler
In another one of his comments (to the Scotland Daily Record) about his respect for the original Scotty, did Simon let out a little detail?
[Doohan] went in there and just came up with the character. So I decided to start from scratch and play a Scottish physics genius and engineer from Linlithgow who is a bit of a brawler. I did that as a tribute to James because he owns that role. I also wouldn’t want anyone to think I was making fun or parodying him. That’s the biggest mistake.
More on that theme and the film at the Star Tribune:
I didn’t want to undermine James in any way; he’s created one of the most enduring figures in modern science fiction. We’ve gone in there absolutely adamant that the spirit of the show’s going to remain intact. Seriously, not with a hint of parody, this is a ‘Star Trek’ film. It’s nothing but.
Simon gets testy…defends Trek
The following is an interesting exchange with the LA Times that shows Simon’s passions and how he really is a great spokesperson for the film, especially dealing with some biased members of the press.
LAT: “Star Trek”: Total nerdfest?
Pegg: For me as a kind of a geek, yeah! It was a fantastic experience.
LAT: Are you going to get roasted for destroying sacred characters?
Pegg: I don’t think so. The main thing is J.J. Abrams is a fan of “Star Trek.” He really gets it. . . . This is now the generation that grew up with the series. These are the people most qualified to make “Star Trek.”
LAT: Hmmph. We’ll see.
Pegg: I’m a fan of “Star Trek” since I was a kid. There was nothing I came across on set — it’s not an ironic, sort of postmodern take on the original series. I think we’re past postmodernism! The idea of sending up the past is a bit boring now. If you look at the reinvention of characters like James Bond, it had to go through its period of Roger Moore raising his eyebrow and making lewd comments.
LAT: That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard all day.
Pegg: It’s only 9:30.
Taking over for Patrick Stewart next?
Lastly, Pegg talked to the Deseret News about how after Trek and his latest film’s he is ready for a rest
It’s been an exhausting couple of movies. Probably more exhausting than anything I’ve ever done before, really. In fact, after all that running and exercising, I’m hoping to find a role in which I’m sitting down all the time. Perhaps I could even replace Patrick Stewart in the ‘X-Men’ movies.