Pegg On 'Star Trek XI' and Chris DoohanBy T'Bonz
August 24, 2008 - 1:57 AM
Waiting a bit longer for Star Trek XI will make the anticipation greater, says the new Scotty, Simon Pegg
As reported by Ain't It Cool News, it was a smart move by J.J. Abrams in not bringing any Star Trek XI to Comic-Con recently. "I think J.J. was sensible to not just come here with nothing to show the fans," said Pegg. I think there was a consensus that, yes, Star Trek was going to be here this year. And J.J. made a point of not shortchanging anybody by just bringing in something that wasn't finished or doing another 'Here's the cast' kind of thing."
The delay will just make fans keener to see the finished product, according to Pegg. "I think it's just going to serve to make the anticipation greater," he said. "When he finally is ready to show something...I mean, I've seen a little bit and I was screaming. I had my hand over my mouth 'Oh my God!' It's so good. I just think it's going to be huge."
To get Scotty's accent right, Pegg relied on his "dialect coach," his wife, Maureen, who hails from Glasgow. "Maureen was on set the whole time," said Pegg. "Her family are from Glasgow and Scotty is from Linlithgow, which I think is in the northwest."
To help with other fine points of Scotty's character, Pegg turned to Chris Doohan, the son of the original Scotty, James Doohan. "I was fortunate to have Chris Doohan be my assistant in one of the scenes in one of the rooms on the Starship Enterprise," said Pegg. He went on to add that that Chris had been "perhaps moving things around." "Chris is James Doohan's oldest son," said Pegg, "and he contacted me, and we hooked up. And it was really lovely to have him sit next to me so we could talk. And he plays one of the crew, and he told me loads of stories about hanging out with his dad on set. He was there when they were filming 'The Trouble with Tribbles' and I think they apparently opened the little hatch where all the Tribbles were and sent them spilling everywhere much to his father's consternation."
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