UPDATED: Simon Pegg is out promoting his new movie, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, and of course he is still talking Scotty. In one new interview he makes it clear that Star Trek is no parody, but in another he has a laugh about the secrecy and even demonstrates his Scotty (well not really). More details and video below.
Pegg Serious About Trek
It has been reported that Simon Pegg supplies much of the comic relief in the new Star Trek, but the geek-friendly actor makes it clear that the film is no parody, telling Canoe Jam:
It was great, it was really incredibly exciting. We all felt we were part of something rather special, dealing with hallowed characters and an amazing legacy and felt a responsibility to do it justice. It’s a serious entry into the pantheon. I think there was some kind of thought going around that it might be a kind of parody or something, going back to the old characters the way we are. But I mean, Galaxy Quest already did that really well. It doesn’t need to be done again.
Pegg also identifies just where in Scotland we can find his Scotty accent:
I had some leeway, and I made Scotty’s accent Northwestern Scottish — just above Glasgow, but pretty Glaswegian. ….[Chris Doohan] played my assistant on the ship. So I chatted with him a bit about his dad. I wanted to do something he would approve of, to do something in his honour, but not to impersonate him in any way.
Pegg tries not to get ‘sued in the face’
On Friday night Pegg appeared on the BBC talk show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and right off the bat he was asked about Star Trek. Pegg and Ross joked around about the movie, here are a couple of the more interesting quotes.
On his approach to Scotty:
I tried to approach it like James Doohan did when he got the part. Which is say ‘OK this guy is Scottish — he works in space.’ I didn’t try and do an impression of James Doohan.
Regarding Trek secrecy Pegg said he can’t divulge for good reason
I can’t do that, because I’ll be sued in the face…That’s means Paramount will sue my ass off and stick it where my head should be.
Pegg also (jokingly) ‘did Scotty’
See the video (a bit of Trek at the beginning and Pegg ‘does Scotty’ at the end of Part 2)
Pegg does Batman
Pegg may be reluctant to do Scotty, but he has no problems doing Batman
More from Pegg
Here is another interview with Pegg where he talks about How To Lose Friends and Alienate People along with other upcoming projects, including a little bit of Trek (at around the 6:50 mark)
Thanks to the Nĵósnavélin Network 78 for YouTube video