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Old March 26 2008, 04:31 AM   #1
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Pegg Goes For Originality With Scotty Character

For Simon Pegg, merely emulating James Doohan's portrayal of Scotty would have been disrespectful.

As reported by The Deadbolt.com, Pegg chose to make the character of Montgomery Scott his own in lieu of following in Doohan's footsteps.

"Well, I tried to make it brand new because I think it would be a disrespectful thing to James Doohan to go and just impersonate his Scotty," said Pegg. "He took on the role as this physics genius and engineer in the great tradition of the Scottish because, of course, they invented a lot of important things in contemporary industrial society. I thought I'd go and approach it the same way he did, which was to start from scratch."

Starting from scratch meant avoiding watching the episodes for Pegg. "I tried not to watch, as much as I love the original series, I tried not to watch too much of it, because I wanted my performance to be a tribute to him and what he did with the character and not be an impression. It's a dangerous line you tread, really, because if I started doing an impression of Mr. Doohan then that might look like I was making fun of him, and that is the absolute last thing I would ever want. He's a legendary character and as an actor he genuinely created one of the most significant characters in modern sci-fi. It was daunting. It was like, 'S--t, Iím going to be Scotty.' And I had to approach it very carefully."

Working in a Star Trek film means attention from the Star Trek fandom. "Itís [reaction to Pegg getting the role] been mixed, actually, and I understand why," said Pegg. "I've noticed some people have been like, 'Great!' and some people have been like, 'I donít get it. Why is he playing that part?' And I completely understand because Star Trek is very precious to a lot of people and they want it to be right. But, as I've said, my kind of party line on it is, obviously I can't reveal anything about the film itself, but as a Star Trek fan, if I wasn't in the film I would want a Star Trek fan to be making a film and it is being made by a Star Trek fan. J.J. is that person. He's exactly the person that those people should want and the decisions that he makes are in accordance with that love. So, you know, relax."

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Old March 26 2008, 05:43 AM   #2
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Re: Pegg Goes For Originality With Scotty Character

J.J. Abrams is not as much of a Star Trek fan as the people who post here. If he were, he's probably be posting here too. But, wait a minute! Perhaps he does!
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Old March 26 2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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Be our new Scotty, Simon Pegg.

You RAWK!!!!!!!!
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Old March 26 2008, 09:31 PM   #4
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J.J. Abrams is not as much of a Star Trek fan as the people who post here. If he were, he's probably be posting here too. But, wait a minute! Perhaps he does!
I see Pegg's comments as sort of a cross between a respectful nod to those (such as myself) who aren't really happy about all of this and the obligatory schmooze that an actor is required to give to his boss before a film gets released.

Abrams isn't a Trek fan. He's said as much on a couple of different occasions. And, while Pegg's comments suggest the he might "get it," with respect to Trek and it's fans, I've seen very little indication that Abrams, himself, does. As such, Pegg's portrayal will, no doubt, be more in line with what Abrams expects/wants than what Pegg does.
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Old March 26 2008, 09:35 PM   #5
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Abrams never said he wasn't a Trek fan.
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Old March 27 2008, 12:23 AM   #6
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^ He said in interviews when he was first announced as working on Trek XI that he had watched it but wouldn't call himself a fan. He said he had seen all of the original series though and the movies from the TOS cast, but hadn't seen anything after.

Tyler Perry said that he hated Star Trek (he's playing an unknown role in the film - presumably the Starfleet Academy Commandant) and only took the role because he was asked by JJ.
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I still believe we're in good hands, and Pegg's Scotty is something I'm particularly looking forward to.

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