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Old May 14 2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Pegg Says 'Star Trek XI' Should Not Be A Parody

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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Old May 14 2008, 11:44 PM   #2
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So he's decided not to deliberately screw up the role? That's nice to know.
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Old May 15 2008, 12:54 AM   #3
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How darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre he!
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Old May 15 2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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<font color=yellow>Simon Pegg</font> is serious in his approach to playing Montgomery Scott. <p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="http://scifipulse.net">SciFi Pulse</A>, Pegg is a <i>Star Trek</i> 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."<p>That enjoyment of <i>Star Trek</i> 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."<p>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."<p>To read the article, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="http://scifipulse.net/?p=160">here</A>.<center></center>
That's terrific to hear. If I were in his shoes, I would probably have been tempted to emulate James Doohan's take on Scotty. As it was, I think Pegg made the right choice in honoring Jimmy by doing it a bit differently.


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Old May 15 2008, 12:06 PM   #5
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As long as he says "ye canna change the laws of physics!" somewhere in the movie, I'll be happy.
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
So he's decided not to deliberately screw up the role? That's nice to know.
LOTR got away with it with Gimli, I'm glad they're not trying it with this crew.
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Old May 16 2008, 02:32 AM   #7
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I didn't think they totally messed up Gimli, Gimli was I think if they had taken Gimli from the book and copied him onto screen, he would have been too much personality... I am not sure it would have worked real well.
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"Playing Scotty means doing his own take on the character, not trying to imitate James Doohan."

Hard when Scotty = Doohan.

But fair play to Pegg. It's a hard act to follow.
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