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Old July 22 2008, 07:10 AM   #1
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Pegg on Portraying Scotty

According to Simon Pegg Scotty is more than just a Scottish stereotype.

As reported by The Underwire, Pegg believes that Scotty is a beloved, popular character, in spite of the generalizations. "In some respects he's a racial stereotype," explained Pegg. "But, I know plenty of Scottish people who like a bit of a drink and have the surname Scott. It's very important to be sensitive and not make generalizations about groups of people, but you can be oversensitive. Scotty's a very affectionate stereotype. He's a popular character in Scotland. He's not a negative stereotype. He's a fun stereotype. The differences between ourselves can be very funny. But Scots are the first people to laugh at the fact that they drink and fight a bit."

Pegg went on to explain that it made perfect sense to make the chief engineer of the Enterprise Scottish. "It's also not an accident that the chief engineer on the Enterprise is Scottish. An enormous amount of extremely important inventions came out of Scotland. The Scottish engineer is in the tradition of John Logie Baird, who invented the TV, or Alexander Graham Bell."

Playing Scotty means doing his own take on the character. Pegg began though, by approaching the part of Scotty as James Doohan once did. "I approached the part like James [Doohan] did when he got the part. To look at who he is. He's an accomplished engineer, a bit cheeky, likes a drink and a brawl."

When asked how he could play Scotty with mimicking Doohan, Pegg said, "How are all these other actors going to take on characters where the actor is as famous as the character? Shatner and Nimoy, they inhabited those roles with such conviction and such skill. All you can do is play the part in the spirit of those actors, not take it lightly or parody it. Watching Chris Pine, and all the actors, I had skin-tingly moments. I saw them doing their stuff and thought: They've got this so fucking right. Chris had that swagger, and confidence, and big-balls-ness, and I think he nailed it."

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Old July 22 2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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And for the three of us that watched Spaced, Tim would approve.
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Old July 22 2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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Alexander Graham Bell
Scotty stole dilithium chamber patents?
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Old July 22 2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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Alexander Graham Bell
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Transparent aluminum.
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Old July 22 2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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^

Oh yeah, I guess the comparison is pretty apt then
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Old July 22 2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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I still think having "Carson Beckett" playing scotty would be really good in that you have an actual scott playing scotty.
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Old July 22 2008, 08:24 PM   #7
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I still think having "Carson Beckett" playing scotty would be really good in that you have an actual scott playing scotty.
Paul McGillion, who plays Beckett, is Canadian.
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Old July 22 2008, 10:31 PM   #8
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I still think having "Carson Beckett" playing scotty would be really good in that you have an actual scott playing scotty.
Paul McGillion, who plays Beckett, is Canadian.
Genetically Scots, then. And yeah, I'd have preferred him, too. Scotty has a certain put-upon, hang-dog, you-want-me-to-do-what? aspect (only partly a pose) that is a core part of the character's personality. Pegg sounds like he thinks he's playing a clownish drunk. I anticipate total catastrophe.
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Old July 22 2008, 11:54 PM   #9
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Old July 23 2008, 08:50 AM   #10
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I'm predicting that if Pegg's accent doesn't sound faux-scots like Doohan's, alot of Americans are going to complain that the accent isn't "authentic".
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Old July 23 2008, 01:14 PM   #11
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The Scottish engineer is in the tradition of John Logie Baird, who invented the TV, ...
The TV was invented by Philo T. Farnsworth, an American. Nobody would call Baird's crude spinning disk real TV. Farnsworth's invention was the all electronic one we use today.
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Old July 23 2008, 01:39 PM   #12
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His method was crude, and thankfully made obsolete very quickly. But he invented the first working television system and thus deserves to be called it's inventor. Farnsworth arguably made a greater contribution to TV as we know it today, but the concept was already there in electromechanical form thanks to Logie Baird.
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Old July 23 2008, 06:14 PM   #13
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While looking up all this TV stuff, I became more interested in the Farnsworth Fusor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusor

This idea has potential! (pun intended).
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