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Exclusive: Simon Pegg Talks Scotty
Something approximating news.

10 March 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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We tried everything we could, short of pulling out a fire-arm or viciously beating him about the head and neck, to get something out of Simon Pegg about the plot of Star Trek. He wasn't playing ball, so we subjected him to wedgies of galactic proportions. Here's what Pegg, sporting unusually brown hair, would say:

On the current status of filming: "It’s going great. I’ve completed my scenes but I’ve got to go back in two weeks to do some effects stuff. But otherwise I’ve done it and I think it’s going to be fantastic."

On how his Scotty compared to James Doohan's from the original series: "Everything is just a tribute to James Doohan and it’s his role. I’m just very honoured to be able to step into his shoes. I just hope I do him proud".

On doing the Scottish accent: "I can’t really tell you what kind of Scotty he’s going to be because I’ll get sued. My wife is Scottish so I just channelled her merry accent and hopefully that’ll work."

On his favourite moment, as a Star Trek geek: “Just being there on the Enterprise, it was incredible. You’re going to love it."

So, yeah, nothing. Thanks a lot, Simon. We'll get you for this. (Actually, we quite love you. But not as much as we love Nick Frost's enormous sideburns).

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Give Simon Pegg a Chance
I wasn't too keen at first about the casting of Simon Pegg as the new Scotty. After seeing some of his films and interviews, I think he will make a great Scotty. I He had a cameo in Dr. Who episode "The Long Game" that was just fantastic. I didn't recognise him under all the make-up at first. He has that cheeky sense of humour that I think James Doohan had. He is a real science fiction geek and a true fan. I am looking forward to Star Trek XI. More

Posted by Kimmycat24 at 17:31 on 18 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: thatlldofine Didn't Pegg say, in Spaced, that "every odd numbered Star Trek is shit!" This is going to be Star Trek No. what?? t's Star Trek 0! So it's even. I think... More

Posted by Rumbaabaa at 13:32 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Well this is all opnion....
L: iamevilhomer! I wasn't suggestin Dominic West for this part (far from it)! but was only making the point that overall certain actors are more widely known and touted around Hollywood than others in general. More so, that certain (so called) actors should not travel across the pond at all (Pegg) where as others that do and prove themselves as brilliant actors (West) get hardly any recognition from the machine at all...(a part in the punisher seems more a punishment to me). Please pu More

Posted by chiropterror at 13:22 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Well this is all opnion....
I wasn't suggestin Dominic West for this part (far from it)! but was only making the point that overall certain actors are more widely known and touted around Hollywood than others in general. More so, that certain (so called) actors should not travel across the pond at all (Pegg) where as others that do and prove themselves as brilliant actors (West) get hardly any recognition from the machine at all...(a part in the punisher seems more a punishment to me). Please put a stop to mis-interp More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 11:52 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Well this is all opnion....
And in mine, Pegg is not only a 'average comedy actor at best' but a decent straight actor too, with fantastic comic performance and writing skills. His cheeky, cameo role in MI:3 probably secured him the role. As for this role going to a a bigger actor, the role isnt likley to be a big part anyway. I dont really see the problem, Dominic West is a talented actor but isnt right for Scotty or Tim in Spaced, no more than Pegg is right for Jigsaw in Punisher or McNulty in The Wire. So is this is More

Posted by chiropterror at 10:51 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

Star Trek XI...
From what little I've seen, I really want this to be a great movie. since Leonard Nimoy is in it, I can't help but think this movie will be about the early years of Spock in the Federation and ending with him closing his journal many years in the future. I have yet to figure out how William Shatner will have a part since Vulcan's live many years longer then humans and Kirk died in "Generations". Also, after watching "Cloverfield" (having motion sickness thinking about it), More

Posted by GSpector at 02:05 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: OH DEAR..
Going a bit a bit!   L: iamevilhomer! I have many dvd's & none of them include love actually, shaun of the dead, hot fuzz, 4 weddings, full monty...ully for you! Mine dont include Love Actually or Full Monty cos I didnt like them enough, but it does include Shaun, Fuzz and Four Weddings cos I think they are some of the best Comedies that this country has produced in recent years. Like someone else has stated, it makes a change for the UK to be recognised internationa More

Posted by Cabal aka Boone at 23:03 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

Got agree with Jamesvhilhomer
Pegg is average at best and stands in the way of talent better placed to fill this role ! More

Posted by shoebeast at 22:52 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: OH DEAR..
L: iamevilhomer!  N.B just watched Empire movie awards and seen Hot Fuzz nominated...WTF, along with run FATBOY run, Empire be ashamed... o be fair, that isn't Empire's fault, the nominations were voted for by ire. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 22:32 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

make it so!
in all honetsy, im not really bothered about the casting, if they can pull it off and make it another great star trek film like first contact or nemesis, then that will please me greatly. even so while im a fan of simon pegg im unsure about how he will work out, but im confident he will try his best, and to be honest, the film seems to be turning out great as it is. More

Posted by Radical_Duck at 22:23 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: OH DEAR..
The fact that you mention the DIFFERENCE between Simon Pegg and Dominic West is the whole point...Simon Pegg is not an actor, just a an average comedy writer/performer. My post was about CASTING, I am in no way comparing them, (whats the point, one is probably one of the best actors Britain has produced this decade, along with Bale, Isaacs and Elba, the other starred in shaun of the dead. MEH!) As a comedy performer, he does'nt warrant a part in this movie. not to mention de More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 22:10 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

No, I'm pretty sure he was talking about Star Wars-cos his character hates the Phantom Menace. More

Posted by Monsoon Wedding at 19:46 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

Didn't Pegg say, in Spaced, that "every odd numbered Star Trek is shit!" This is going to be Star Trek No. what?? More

Posted by thatlldofine at 13:18 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

Spaced = One of the Best sitcoms in last 10 years
brilliantly observed, well writtem, well performed, the lot, plus there isnt a duff episode. FACT. Im looking forward to seeing this Scotty. He may not look like Dohan but isnt that the point? AND BTW Dominc West is being recognised, a number of large upcoming roles including THe Punishers main villian. More

Posted by chiropterror at 12:54 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

So Scotty will be talking like Simon Pegg's wife. Yet another movie trivia unleashed into this world! 0_o More

Posted by Bluehawk at 12:25 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: OH DEAR..
Or alternatively... Spaced was the most innovative sitcom of the 90's and redefined the way comedy was shot and produced (without it we wouldn't have had Black Books or Green wing) Shaun Of The Dead finally showed that there was more to British film than corsets and relentlessly grim social commentary and Hot Fuzz, while not quite as good as Shaun was still head and shoulders above many of the American action comedy's in terms of originality and smarts. While we're at it what exactly More

Posted by albumental at 10:52 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

I THOUGHT THAT WAS RICKY GERVIAS!
simon looks weird, but he's still a total gangsta! More

Posted by Hughezy at 09:44 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

OH DEAR..
This has got to be the worst bit of casting in a long time. Sorry empire, I subscribe to your mag and usually appreciate your views, but what is there to like about Simon Pegg, 'Spaced' was decidedly so,so, Shaun of the dead was average,Hot fuzz even more so. When is Hollywood going to recognise REAL British talent like Dominic West for example? It's the likes of Simon Pegg and Ricky Gervias sucking up to the likes of Robert DeNiro and Tom Cruise that makes me almost ashamed to be British. There More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 09:23 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

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