Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more interviews with Simon Pegg promoting his new movie, we have another one. This time Star Trek’s new Scotty says some new stuff regarding the secrecy and protection of the Star Trek script as well as talking about the Enterprise sets.
Excerpts from interview with the Indianapolis Star.
Indy.com: So, if I give you my fax number, will you send me your copy of the "Star Trek" script?
Pegg: [laughs] Actually I don’t have a copy of the "Star Trek script. When I first read the script, I was with a guy at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and the man stayed with me while I read it. I did have it obviously during the making of the film, but they were printed on paper so that we couldn’t even actually touch it. But there’s a rabid kind of desire to spoil things for everyone, to get a scoop on it, and say "ah, I know something about it." JJ (Abrams, the director) is adamant that it is a surprise and that it should be enjoyed the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
Indy.com: Can you shed some light as to why the film has been pushed back to next summer, rather than the Christmas release?
Pegg: I think JJ is really excited about it and wants it out there, but the studio was so excited, they were like "we have to put this in the summertime," so it went back from December to May. But he would have to really, really be working 24/7 for Christmas, and I know people want it out, but I think he’d like to have more time to finesse it.
Indy.com: What was it like actually going on the set, seeing the inside of the Enterprise?
Pegg: It was amazing. I was constantly marveling at how the production designers managed to stay utterly faithful to the USS Enterprise without making it look dated and making it look like it was built in the ’60s. What they’ve had to navigate, since they are going back to the original, is not making it look ironic, or making it a joke in any way. I was amazed when I went back and watched the old show after I’d been shooting, about how basic the original bridge of the Enterprise was. When I walked onto set, I was like "yeah, this is it." And when you go back, and watch the TV show, and you go, "no, that was far simpler." I think people who go through the film will have to watch it twice, because they’ll be geeking out the first time.
More from Pegg on Trek and his new movie How To Lose Friends and Alienate People at Indy.com.
Pegg also spoke to AV Club, here is what he had to say about Trek
AVClub: Could you talk about your first day filming Star Trek?
Pegg: It was phenomenal. I can only say I went in, I stepped onto the set, and became part of it, and had to address the characters, and it was incredible. Everyday it was another moment where I was like, “Wow. I’m about to go into this room for the first time” or “I’m having a conversation with Kirk.” It was brilliant. Everybody felt like that. Every single person. J.J. [Abrams] had been on it for three months before I stepped onto the set and he was still like that. It was great. I think if someone had told me, as I sat watching the original series, eating my tea, if someone had come into the room and whispered in my ear that in 35 years you’d be talking to that character as that character, I would be like, [High pitched adolescent voice.] “What?!”
Pegg looking scared sandwiched between his ‘How To Lose Friends’ co-stars
Margo Stilley and Gillian Anderson – at the UK film premiere