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Simon Pegg has too many state
secrets to keep track of, and most of
that is JJ Abrams fault.
Ever since the prolific director saw
Pegg in Edgar Wright s zombie comedy
Shaun of the Dead, the British actor
has become tethered to some of film s
biggest franchises. First it was Mission:
Impossible III, as Benji, the tech turned
field agent, then came Star Trek, and
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which
Abrams casually asked him to be part
of over dinner.
Pegg is now on his third film in both
the Mission: Impossible series, and
2016 s Star Trek Beyond, which he s
With his deft comic timing and
expressive eyes, whether as franchise
sidekick or leading man, Pegg enlivens
He s also become a singular cultural
force via his website, thoughtfully exam-
ining fandom, internet culture and how
films fit into the world.
Pegg spoke to The Associated Press
over Skype from New York about this
moment in his career.
The remarks have been edited for
clarity and brevity.
AP: Is there a type of film you prefer?
Pegg: I m not one of those people
who do one for me and one for them.
I love doing the big films --- it s a thrill
ride to be in a movie with Tom Cruise
--- and to do my films with Edgar. It s
just a question of getting to fit them
What's it like knowing Cruise personally
and seeing the media scrutiny around
It annoys me when I hear someone
say something about him that s just
utterly unfounded...I ll find myself say-
ing, "no he s just a regular guy," but
he s not a regular guy.
He s exceptional. He lives an excep-
tional life, but he is aware of that fact.
He knows what he sacrificed, what he
forgoes to be who he is. But he s still
essentially a human being at the heart
of it. He s not some spaced out guy who
has no concept of reality --- he does and
he s quite philosophical about it... (His
Scientology beliefs have) never come
up. We ve never spoken about that in
ten years. I m an atheist so I think all
religion is a bit crazy. Whether it s Xenu
or Jesus it all sounds a bit daft to me.
What are you hoping to bring to Star
It s going to be spectacular, but we re
going to underpin that with some gen-
uine 50th Anniversary ideas about what s
happening in our world and the Star
Trek world and try to make it a bit
thoughtful too. Cake and eat it.
Is it difficult to be involved in so many
It is difficult because you want to
sing it to the world. I ve had a picture
on my phone of me hugging Chewbacca
that I d been holding on to for months
that I haven t been able to show any-
But these days there s a culture of
spoiler-ism that exists because people
want to get their websites traffic...it s
a little selfish.
You re essentially destroying that very thing by
increments. That s always been JJ s thing --- protect
the film. If you re going to go see Star Wars, don t
watch the trailers.
Just wait. Be patient. Sit in that movie house and
let it all be a surprise. That s the best way to watch
Can you say how long you were on the Star Wars
I was there even when I wasn t working. I was just
happy to go and watch it all happen.
Were you there when Harrison Ford got hurt?
The day before. Everything had been going so well.
The first day that Harrison came out in costume and
Chewie was there, I ve never seen so many people
around the monitors watching.
It was just a joyous time and then this setback hit.
The guy has the recovery of Wolverine. It s insane.
For a man who s 73, he is so resilient.
And then the plane crash.
Pegg: I kept in touch with JJ throughout Harrison s
convalescence. He landed that plane like an expert.
He is a hero in life and in fantasy.
How do you engage with fans now?
I was on Twitter for a long time and I thought it
was time to back away. I felt too available. As an actor
you need a degree of mystique and have to stay a
little bit removed.
But if people are willing to go through the rigmarole
of sending a little stamp addressed envelope and a little
note, I ll always get back to them. I try to keep that
empathy---knowing what it s like to be a fan and hoping
to treat them the way I d expect to be treated. (AP)
Simon Pegg talks Star Wars, fandom
Simon Pegg, left, with
Tom Cruise in 2011's
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