Simon Pegg Star Trek Interview Page 2 April 28, 2009 As I said earlier, in the new movie, Scotty joins the Starship Enterprise long after we’ve seen the rest of the young crew have their Fast Times At Starfleet High experiences, which makes him something of a cuckoo in the nest initially. Fitting that Pegg should play him then, given that, when it comes to Tinseltown, the ginger-bearded one is also something of a cuckoo. Or maybe, after Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and the upcoming Tintin, he feels like a fully paid-up resident these days? “Yes and no,” says Pegg. “I think there’s a lot of mythology that surrounds that place. People assume it’s this weird toy town, with music playing out of the shrubs. It’s not – it’s just a place where movies get made, and when you’re on set, you’re working with the same hard-working, realistic people that you usually would. The notion of the Hollywood actor, flouncing off to their trailer, is very rare. I’ve never really met anybody like that. I think the view of Hollywood, the notion of Hollywood, far exceeds the reality of it. It’s just a place where films get made. And it’s exciting. But I don’t feel like an outsider there, because everyone’s an outsider there.” Speaking to Pegg last year, I asked this wisecracking movie geek if, now that he’s actually meeting and greeting many of Hollywood’s big players, he’s still able to call a spade a spade. Or, to be more precise, a new X-Files film a piece of crap. Back then, he claimed his good friend Gillian Anderson – who leads the X-Files franchise, alongside David Duchovny – had written a special little message on his dressing room mirror during the making of last year’s not-very-good How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. In bright red lipstick, Anderson had written, ‘Why aren’t you coming to my movie, you scumbag?’, Pegg having been unable to attend the premiere of The X-Files: I Want To Believe. So, has he seen it since? And what did he honestly think of this much-maligned film? “I have, actually. I saw it on a plane, and I’m glad they made it, because it’s like a good episode. It’s difficult for a show like that, because the mythology kind of came to an end with The X-Files. But I enjoyed the film – I thought it was great, but it was like a really great extended episode of the series, which I don’t think is unfair to say. I’d follow her to the end of the universe; I think she’s great.” Very diplomatic. What would Tim Bisley say. Amongst the many projects Pegg has lined up for the next two years, the one fans of Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz will be most excited about is The World’s End, which will reunite Pegg with his buddies, actor Nick Frost and writer/director Edgar Wright. Talking to Frost two weeks ago, he had no idea what the movie was about… “That’s because he doesn’t know,” laughs Pegg. Having satired the zombie genre with Shaun, and the cop thriller with Hot Fuzz, I’m guessing that a title like The World’s End must be taking the Mick out of… romantic comedies? Period dramas? “Yeah, it’s about zombie cops.” Whatever this curiously-titled movie might be about, there’s little doubt that expectations will be high. Pegg hasn’t had much success without Frost and Wright, giving us such so-so movies as How To Lose…, Run, Fatboy, Run and Big Nothing. “Ultimately, it’s where I’m happiest, and for me, it’s just about being happy at work, and working with the people I like. That part of it, you would hope, would be comparable to what we’ve done before, but ultimately, it’s about the process. It’s about going to work, writing the thing, working with those people. All people who don’t work in the film industry see is the product – that’s all they ever see. And I think it loses focus about what it’s about, and also, the product of the product, which is celebrity, and all that bull. What it’s really about is going to work and making films; that’s so much fun. And that’s where I’m happiest, working with those guys. “Having said that, J.J., I feel, is a kindred spirit, and he’s like someone who I found in a completely different country who has exactly the same enthusiasm and drive, and love for what he does, as Edgar and Nick and me.” Interview by Paul Byrne Star Trek lands in Irish cinemas May 8th Catch our video interviews with all the cast from next week!