Simon Pegg Says New Star Trek Will Be A Very Straight None Parody Of The Characters
In the new issue of Star Trek Magazine just out in the UK actor Simon Pegg talks in great detail about his newly acquired role of Scotty in JJ Abrams Star Trek.
When asked the extent of his knowledge on Star Trek the actor admitted unashamedly that he has been a life long fan of the series.
“Obviously I watched the original series when I was a kid, and I knew The Next Generation well enough to know all the characters. 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.”
When asked about researching the role, the actor vehemently reassured that he has done his home work and doesn’t intend to do an impersonation of Scotty as done by James Doohan.
“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. It’s important that this film has no parodic element – it’s a very straight film, and a none – 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.
“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. 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.”
You can read more from Simon Pegg about his Star Trek experience in the new issue of Star Trek Magazine, which is out now in the UK.