Simon Pegg has been making the rounds promoting the DVD release of Spaced and naturally, the topic of the new Star Trek film has been coming up. In several new interviews, Pegg discussed how he got the role of Scotty, the accent, his fellow Trek actors, being on the set with Leonard Nimoy, odd numbered Trek movies. Oh, and boobs.
Over at the Kevin and Bean archive, Pegg again related how J.J. Abrams offered him the role of Scotty and Pegg’s subsequent contact with Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan. Pegg also explained how he and his castmates approached such iconic roles:
I think everybody had to just take it from the ground up and go back to what all the original guys did with it and look at the characters, see who they were and play them as that.
Pegg also praised his castmates’ likenesses to their respective characters:
Zach Quinto, who does Spock, is phenomenally like… I mean, he looks like Leonard Nimoy. On set, out of the corner of your eye, you’d think it was Leonard, it was really weird. And Chris [Pine], who’s Kirk, has just got that fantastic sort of swagger, you know, that Shatner had and it’s… I think it’s going to be right, I’m so excited about it.
And on Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura:
She was amazing. She really pulled Uhura off the page into 3D beauty.
In addition, Pegg described what it was like working with Leonard Nimoy, who returned as Spock for the film:
What was weird for me about doing Star Trek was…to have [Nimoy] on set, to be near a character that I had known since I was a child. Not just the actor but the character. I rarely saw him out of his ears, you know, because he used to get into make-up first. It was phenomenal, and he was such a gentle, sort of brilliant guy.
To hear the whole interview – including some discussions on God’s Third Leg, Megan Fox, and boobies – head over to Kevin and Bean Archive and download the podcast.
Pegg (sort of) shows off his Scottish Accent
For more Peggy goodness, MTV has a video interview with Pegg and his Spaced cohorts in which he talks about doing Scotty’s accent; you can check that out here.
Pegg on breaking the odd numbered Trek movie curse
Also, Hollywood.com has listed five reasons why you should check out Spaced. Reason number five was "American fans will see a show that was a commentary on pop culture, before the creators joined the pop culture landscape themselves.
", and Pegg was quoted saying:
It is quite like the snake eating itself. I think when we started making references to Spaced in Shaun of the Dead that’s was the most crystal moment of self indulgence ever. In Spaced there is a line where Tim says something about every odd number Star Trek movie being shit which is a huge irony considering I’m starring in Star Trek 11. So it is funny how those things come back to haunt you. Obviously the rule doesn’t apply anymore [laughs].
Scotty and Spocky partying
Lastly, Jonathan Llyr of Hardcore Nerdity has sent us a pic of Pegg with the new Mr. Spock (Zachy Quinto) at the Maxim Party at ComicCon this past weekend. Check out Hardcore Nerdity on Wednesday for a few more pics from the party featuring Pegg, Zach Quinto, and J.J. Abrams.
Mr. Scott I need you to reconfigure my iPhone
VIDEO UPDATE: Pegg on Letterman – MacGregor offered role of Scotty?
Pegg was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday night and the subject of Star Trek was brought up. In talking about the film’s secrecy Pegg stated his code name on the set was ‘MacGregor.’ He then stated he thought it was cool at first being a Scottish name, but then found out it was because the role of Scotty had been first offered to Ewan MacGregor…then again he may have been joking, but check it out anyway
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