Interviewing Simon Pegg looks like an awful lot of fun.
Pegg sat down with Popular Science Magazine in May and gave them an earful about everything from warp drive to on-ship pizza delivery. He talks about his favorite piece of technology, explains warp drive, and answers the classic question about who’d win a fight, Kirk or Picard.
Here are my five favorite things I learned from reading the article and watching the accompanying video.
5. All the controls on the Enterprise are touch sensitive. They all do something, they all respond. He says that as an actor, it’s a huge help, because you feel like you’re in a real environment.
“One calls for pizza, but we’re not sure which one it is. Occasionally pizzas just turn up and we know that someone’s pressed it, but it isn’t clear. They actually all work. If you press things, they light up. But nothing causes the spaceship to fly.”
4. We’re used to seeing musicians in Star Trek—Mick Fleetwood on TNG, Iggy Pop on DS9, Tom Morello on Voyager and Insurrection—but Pegg is a Star Trek star who joins musicians. He’s played the harmonica with Coldplay, multiple times. (And he’s good!) He’s been friends with Chris Martin for years and has played with them at a few shows and festivals.
“And every now and then I’ll go to see them, and Chris will be like, ‘Come on up and play!’ and I’ll go, ‘I don’t want to; I just want to enjoy the show and not feel nervous!’ But he says, ’You gotta!’ So I end up sh*tting myself for the entire show until I do my bit, and then I feel like a rock star for the rest of the night.”
3. The bridge was built on a gimbal this time around, a first for the Kelvin Timeline crew, so the days of shaking the camera while the actors fling themselves to one side and then the other are over. (Okay, that one made me a little sad.)
“. . . we didn’t have to pretend the ship was being rocked around, which is one of the most beloved Star Trek traditions: The camera shakes and the actors go LEFT! and RIGHT! There was a faint ennui about it: ‘Oh, we don’t have to pretend anymore?’”
2. Scotty gets around, thanks to his raw sex appeal.
“A lot of people go on about Kirk, and you know how he is with the ladies, but Scotty is the dark horse. He’s probably worked his way around the ship twice. I’m talking everybody. All species.”
1. When Pegg’s mother is in a situation she doesn’t like, she texts her son, “Beam me up, Scotty!”
“I’m the only person in the world who can’t say ‘Beam me up, Scotty.’ I have to say ‘Beam me up, me.’”
He also tells a sweet story about meeting James Doohan. Don’t skip the video! It’s worth it not just for the interview, but also for the harmonica playing,
Read the full interview here.