Pegg Talks Star Trek Script Secrecy and Enteprise Sets

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

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RTC

Gee, wish I could get to be that scared….

Dom

Oh to be standing in his place! :p

Matthew_Briggsuk

I can’y wait to see at least a picture of the captains chair

Energize

Poor Gillian. Two flop movies in a year.

Okay, Simon, maybe I’ll watch it twice, hehe.

Xai

“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.”
— Simon Pegg

Good. I like that.

A lot of things I (and all of us) have wondered about regarding this film. But I’d really like to have seen Abram’s approach in the meetings with everyone that explained his wish and desire for secrecy. He’s seems to have been able to accomplish something that the likes of Spielberg and Lucas haven’t been totally successful at. That’s one thing I’m impressed with and admire so far.

Now let’s see that film.

Blake powers

Well, guess I’m gonna have to see it twice.

Oh the irony… We got Enterprise so fast because the Powers That Be (we all know their names) were scared to lose their jobs if they don\t immediately launch a new show after the last one ends. The studio was fine with it because they didn’t really care about ST all that much anyway back then.

Now we have to wait an extra 5-6 months because the studio DOES care.

Ah well, as long as the movie is good, I really don’t care. :)

Commodore Redshirt

“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.”

Of all the quotes I’ve read these last few weeks this one may be the best…

…only 214 days to go…

crazydaystrom

Work and familial responsibilities are about to drive me (even more) crazy, but it all manages to be blessed distaction from the wait…the wait, the wait, the wait, the wait…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

crazydaystrom

uh, distraction

enteprise?
I’m glad he likes it!

Q

i WILL see it twice!!

Energize

Will we get a trailer with Quantum of Solace?

LoyalStarTrekFan

15, I highly dougt it as the next Bond film “Quantum of Solace” is being made by Sony Studios, not Paramount. It was said that Paramount was planning to release the trailer around Christmas but it would be attached to a Paramount film.

For all those who can’t wait to see this movie, go watch STII: The Wrath of Khan, or any other Trek film and hopefully your withdrawal symptoms will subside. :)

LoyalStarTrekFan

That should be “doubt.” Sorry for the typo.

Izbot

Bob Orci recently dropped in to hint that we would be “seeing something” *before* Christmas. He was typically cryptic but we may get some promo photos or something else before the trailer.

mikeEhunt

Did anyone notice during ‘EAGLE EYE’ in one scene there was an alarm going off, they intermixed the original ENTERPRISE alarm claxxon in with the sound, nice touch;)

WHO ELSE HEARD THIS!>>?>?

Jeffries Tuber

I wonder if the Engineering set will have a big staging area for fist fights.

# 3, 18 – That would be Bob’s deviant sense of humor at work – of all the stills that they could release – the Enterprise, full bridge set, engineering, an officer in uniform – the first thing we’ll get is a full frontal of ‘the chair’. LOL

TrekMadeMeWonder

I am gettting positive vibes from this article!

Denise de Arman

I dunno’…I have a feeling I might need to view the movie multiple x multiple x two times in order to adjust my visual acuity to the 21st century production designs…

Gillian looks gorgeous in that photo – one of my fav actresses.

Jeffries#20- LOL!

Enterprise

Will they ever explain what that big red thing behind the girders in the Engineering set was?

The REAL Redjac

It was part of the impulse engines on the back of the primary hull…a set of tubes to the left and right that go to the left and right impulse engine. Kind of like the intermix chamber in the movies…

That’s always been my belief anyway…

Scott

OK I just watched Star Trek II for the hundredth time and injected the entire original series right into my veins and my Star Trek cravings just won’t go away. I MUST see this movie.

Xplodin' Nacelle

Wow! I’ve never seen a poll on here where the vote was 100%, & all the other choices were zero.

steve623

“Wow! I’ve never seen a poll on here where the vote was 100%, & all the other choices were zero.”

How many votes were there? 1? 2?

OM

…Is Gillian pregnant in that picture, or is Simon just being a bit too enthusiastic with the sock puppetry? :-P

Bob Tompkins

In response to the current poll, what would I like to see the most, I had to answer ‘other’ since there was no ‘All of the Above and More” category.

I want equally to see all of those items listed plus everything else, so it’s an impossible question to honestly answer.

Name

#19

I DID, wow amazing.

Closettrekker

I like the secrecy.

I want to be completely surprised (or as surprised as possible) in the theater on May 9th.

I always think back to when I saw TWOK for the first time. I can hardly even imagine how powerful it would have been if the revelation that Khan was returning as the story’s villain could have been a surprise…even moreso, if Spock’s sacrifice had not been something revealed to fans well before the film’s release, and was instead a total shocker. While the engineering scene was (and still is) extremely powerful and dramatic, I can only imagine that it may have been multiplied by a factor of 10!

I admire Abrams’ effort to keep things under wraps, and wish him continued success in that endeavor. I think he is saving alot of fans from what they are not careful enough in wishing for. I think the best way to watch a film is knowing very little about it going in. But that’s just my opinion…

TrekMadeMeWonder

25. The REAL Redjac – October 5, 2008
It was part of the impulse engines on the back of the primary hull

I’m right there with you on that one redjac,…

Redjac,… REDJAC!!!

Although Buckaroohawk, a 3d modeler extraordinaire, would disagree.

* ahhemmm.

Closettrekker wrote:

I always think back to when I saw TWOK for the first time. I can hardly even imagine how powerful it would have been if the revelation that Khan was returning as the story’s villain could have been a surprise…

When I saw STIV my freshman year of high school, I had NO idea that the crew was going back to the 20th century to get whales or that they would be receiving a new Enterprise at the end (They kept those aspects under wraps before the opening)… and I enjoyed the movie all the more for being surprised.

Buckaroohawk

TMMW (#33)

Indeed I do disagree. It’s my belief that Main Engineering was in the ship’s secondary hull, and those large tubes led up to the warp engines. Granted, they slant in toward each other instead of away, but my thought is they lead to a large intermix chamber placed above Engineering, and the power flows up to the warp engines from there.

I know that many people think that Engineering was in the primary hull, but it just makes more sense to place it in the secondary hull, where the warp pylons meet the body of the ship.

My two cents, for what its worth.

Mark Lynch

I guess those of us who bought the Franz Joseph blueprints (anyone here remember/have these?) had the belief that main engineering was in the primary hull etched into our brains at that point. :-)
But it is logical and practical that main engineering is actually in the secondary hull.

In fact in at least one episode, ‘the enemy within’ I think, where Kirk is split into two by a bizzare transporter accident, refers to engineering being in the secondary section. I believe it was something like spock asking the ‘timid’ Kirk, ‘where would you go to evade a mass search?’ Kirk responds, ‘The lower levels, the engineering deck’

So I guess that settles that as it has been said on film. Of course there is no reason why there could not be a more minor engineering section in the aft of the primary hull near to the impulse engines too.

I must say I am lokoing forward to seeing the new engineering room in 2009, along with the bridge, ship exterior, crew, uniforms. Oh hell, just about everything really. God, I am such a geek!!!

Mark Lynch

meant ‘looking’ of course.

Anthony please enable an edit function so I don’t look like a twit.

Thanks. :-)

Here is a look at season ones fist-fight area…
http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/gallery/factfiles/1701-engineering-original.jpg
and another look into the ship with what looks like the engeneering of season 2 and 3 here…
http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/scans/gus/1701-gus2.jpg

Keef

will there be rest rooms on the Enterprise?

will the captain have his own Captain’s Bog?

Captain_Paxo

You don’t live in SE22 do you keef?

Megan Fox is in “How to Lose Friends…”?

Nice.

falcon

Let me be surprised.

I remember when ST:TMP came out on Dec. 7, 1979. I stood in a long line for more than an hour to see this film, not knowing anything about it other than what I read in Starlog magazine and what I was lucky enough to see on TV in the ads.

I also remember leaving the theater feeling slightly schizophrenic about the film. But if the plot, costumes, sets, etc. had all been spoiled for me prior to seeing it, I might not have seen it. (I almost didn’t see Nemesis, for that very reason – and still wish I hadn’t.)

Let me be surprised. But it’s hard not to try and peek under the wrapping every now and then. :-)

Keef

Luvvly Jubbly Captain_Paxo

did i get the cultural reference correct?

Captain_Paxo

Spot on old chap

Alex Rosenzweig

#36 – “I guess those of us who bought the Franz Joseph blueprints (anyone here remember/have these?) had the belief that main engineering was in the primary hull etched into our brains at that point. :-) ”

Going even earlier than that, The Making of Star Trek asserted exactly the same thing, that Main Engineering was in the aft section of the primary hull. In fact, it’s fairly clear that FJ used that book as a primary reference, since most of his placements of significant locations aboard the ship match what the book said.

“But it is logical and practical that main engineering is actually in the secondary hull.”

Also true. You might recall that FJ actually did establish a warp engineering section in the secondary hull, as well, though it was not a precise match for the TOS set the way the primary hull facility was.

Another aspect that’s evolved is our collective perception of how the warp engines function. In the ’70s, for example, the idea was that the power and propulsion hardware was self-contained within the nacelles, and power feeds just came from there down into the rest of the ship. That went back to early interviews with Matt Jefferies. The idea of a main reactor within the secondary hull was part of the radical engine redesign in TMP. Thus, if all the main hardware was being operated by remote, exactly where Engineering was was less critical.

TOS itself was a lot less clear about such things, with much dialogue suggesting that Main Engineering was in the lower levels (implying the secondary hull), and yet other episodes essentially depending on the idea that Main Engineering was up in the primary hull.

And, of course, newer ideas, including the Doug Drexler cutaway art of the original 1701 and the concept in “Enterprise” of a 22nd Century warp core also mounted within the hull of the ship, implied a much more incremental technological evolution of warp drive throughout the 200+ years that Star Trek has spanned.

One thing that will be interesting is to see what choices the new film’s team has made, and whether those choices will lend themselves to settling the debate. ;)

freezejeans

36

I have the original Franz Joseph blueprints as well, they’re very cool indeed! The Technical Manual is also great, it was fun to imagine what his designs would actually look like back in the day.

I’m pretty geeked out as well, can’t wait to see the updated “old” E :)

Katie G.

Is Margo tall or is Pegg short or both?

kg

Dorothy

Oh my god, can this guy just shut up already?

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Katie

Margo is tall. Simon is average-ish. Gillian is shrimpy. Both women are lovely and Simon is lucky.

BTW, I have to agree with the above statement: is Gillian expecting or is that just a really bad stripe pattern on her dress shot at an unfortunate angle?

And #48 Dorothy

What would the scarecrow say about your lack of patience? Maybe you need to go back to the wizard and trade the ruby slippers in on some.

Ensign Jack

#36- you were right, Engineering is in the secondary hull and that’s the end of it! P.S. I love that episode, Especially the dog with the horn on it’s head, Sweet!