Simon Pegg is a big fan of Star Trek, but apparently not Star Trek: Enterprise. The new Scotty has some choice words for the series, and especially the theme song. Pegg is also talking about writing his next comedy before he starts shooting the next Star Trek. Details below.
Simon Pegg on Enterprise theme, Star Trek and writing his next script
Simon Pegg’s memoir "Nerd Do Well"
is being released in the USA and the actor is doing a mini book tour and some press. In talking to the AV Club Pegg got around to talking about Star Trek. He didn’t have anything new to say about the sequel, but did have some insights into Trek in general
On the theme to Star Trek Enterprise ("Faith of the Heart":
I think that the theme music to Enterprise was probably the most hideous Star Trek moment in history. I couldn’t believe that they had this great idea of sort of pre-Kirk/Spock Star Trek, and they gave it a dreadful soft-rock music start. It just seemed so ill-advised. I mention Admiral Archer [in 2009’s Star Trek]—it isn’t struck off because of the terrible music. Scotty actually mentions him. But [the theme music] is terrible. I’ve never seen Enterprise, because I couldn’t get past that music. It would still be ringing in my ears when the show starts.
Theme from “Enterprise” – hated by Simon Pegg
On what Star Trek character he would like to play (besides Scotty):
I don’t know—definitely a hard question. When I watched the movie, I was really enjoying it, and I forgot I was in it, honestly. I’d always seen the Star Trek universe as something I was outside of as a kid. I always put myself in Star Wars; I was like Luke’s younger brother, or something. But Star Trek, I like watching as an outsider. And that’s part of the reason Star Trek has the fanbase it has. It’s so enduring; it’s such an inclusive universe. You feel at home watching it, even if you’re not a part of it.
I always think Nick should play Harry Mudd. You know that amazing episode, “Mudd’s Women”? He brings all these women onboard that are all intoxicating to the crew members. It’s like brilliant, Vaseline-on-the-lens, soft-focus girls. But I don’t know [for me]—Khan?
And in an interview with AICN, Pegg said that he hopes to start writing the third film in the series Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz series collaboration with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Apparently Pegg thinks he can get it done before filming begins on the Star Trek sequel:
We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky
Pegg as Khan? Oh god no
Pegg is also just starting to promote Paul, which comes out on DVD in August. Here is a new fun behind the scenes clip shot by Pegg (via DigitalSpy).