Pegg Says 'Star Trek XI' Should Not Be A ParodyBy T'Bonz
May 14, 2008 - 8:51 PM
Simon Pegg is serious in his approach to playing Montgomery Scott.
As reported by SciFi Pulse, Pegg is a Star Trek fan who cares about the show and wants to get it right. "Obviously I watched the original series when I was a kid, and I knew 'The Next Generation' well enough to know all the characters," he said. "I watched quite a few episodes, and I was a big Seven of Nine fan when 'Voyager' came out. Certainly, I was pretty familiar with it."
That enjoyment of Star Trek means that Pegg is giving his best in playing Scotty. "One thing I wanted to do was make the performance pretty much a tribute to James Doohan but I didn't want to impersonate him in any way, because I didn't want it to look like that," said Pegg. "It's important that this film has no parodic element, it's a very straight film, and a non- ironic Trek movie. Obviously, it's walking a tightrope because it's going back in time a little bit to the original characters, so the tendency might have been to watch Jim Doohan and try to ape him. I personally didn't, I just drew on my memories and affection for the show."
Although he was already prepared to play Scotty, meeting Doohan's son was enjoyable for Pegg. “I was actually given the chance to work alongside James Doohan's son who came on set to do a little bit of background work, which was very nice," he explained. "We had a little chat about his father. But as far as research was concerned I felt pretty much like I knew what I was doing, it wasn't unfamiliar territory in any way."
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