Why Pegg Took On The Role Of ScottyBy T'Bonz
October 1, 2008 - 8:36 PM
Preference, not proving himself, was important to Simon Pegg when deciding whether to sign on to play Scotty in Star Trek XI.
As reported by The BBC News, "I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody," said Pegg, when asked if he took on the role of Scotty to show his "serious side." "I do what I do because it makes me happy and if I read a script and I like it, or I get the chance to be in something as monumentally historic as 'Star Trek,' then I'm going to do it.
"I don't do it because I think 'what will people think of me?,'" Pegg added. "I wish it didn't involve any of that. It would be nice if you got to make your film and give it to your mum on DVD."
If one must work for months on a film, enjoying it is important. "...the choices I make are about if I think I'm going to enjoy it," said Pegg. "My favourite thing about this job is shooting and being on set and the three or four months it takes to make the film, the second part I could do without!"
Pegg, a fan of the late James Doohan, is taking his role seriously as reported by cbcnews.ca. "I'm a huge fan of James Doohan, and it's a characterization that cemented him eternal life in the pantheon of science fiction," said Pegg. "I thought, 'Wow, this is a responsibility.' I absolutely made sure I wasn't doing anything that could be construed as an impression of James Doohan or pastiche of him.