Simon Pegg is still out promoting his new film Paul. We have more comments from the new Scotty talking about Star Trek, plus a new Star Wars parody video, and video and photos from the Hollywood Paul premiere. Check it all out below.
Pegg on nerd thrill of playing Scotty and striking balance with Star Trek 2009
Pegg spoke to the official Star Trek site and it is worth reading the full interview, here are a couple of excerpts
Pegg on the thrill of playing Scotty
That was great fun. I was a Star Trek fan growing up, so to be integrated into that universe was extraordinary. And to act alongside Leonard as Spock was… it was almost distracting to the point of forgetting my lines. I wasn’t just meeting Leonard Nimoy, but I was meeting him being the character that he’s most famous for playing and in that world again as well. So there were, with that and the Tribble and everything else, there were a whole host of bizarre nerd distractions going on.
…and on how well Star Trek balanced pleasing fans and general film goers:
What they did very clearly was to inject Star Trek, which had become slightly burdened with its own kind of technical mythology, with a dose of the mojo that Star Wars had lost. Oddly, it’s like J.J. Abrams found the discarded energy from the first three Star Wars films and pumped it into Star Trek. So you got this very aspirational, very momentum-driven film which is a thrill ride, and there’s less stuff about calibrating dilithium crystals and more stuff about shooting Romulans in the face. And I think, for today’s cinema audience, that struck the chord that had been missing from the previous installments. More hardened Star Trek fans might disagree, but for it to succeed on this level, on the level it had to succeed on, that was necessary, and I think J.J. really pulled it off. It’s kind of “farm boy finds adventure in outer space.” We’d seen that before, but it worked very, very well.
Pegg and Frost Star Wars scene
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost recreated a scene from the original Star Wars for College Humor. Check it out.
Video and photos from Paul Hollywood premiere
Last night was the big Hollywood premiere for Paul, with all the stars in attendance. Here are some video clips and photos from the event.
Pegg on Tonight Show
Tune in to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight (Tuesday) to catch Simon Pegg promoting Paul.