Simon Pegg recently did an interview with Slate.com while doing promtion for his new book, Nerd Do Well. The book sounds really cool and talks about his geeky experiences while growing up. The book is described as "a collection of stories about Pegg's happy youth in Gloucester, what it's like to be living the geek dream by playing Scotty in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, his collaborations with best friends Edgar Wright and Nick Frost on the movies Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul, and his first sexual experience with a girl he calls Meredith Catsanus."
I am a fan of Pegg because he is a die-hard fan himself. One of my favorite bits of the interview he talks about his displeasure with George Lucas on the Star Wars prequels:
"They were just terrible. They weren't very good films. I say in the book, it's something to be let down by someone, but it's something else to be let down by someone you respect. It meant a lot to us as children, obviously all three of us—Patton, Brian, and me—and of course millions of other thirty- and fortysomething adults. And [the prequels] just didn't measure up. It's been something we've played on slightly, because it's amusing to be upset by something so trivial, and ultimately it means nothing. But I like the fact that people got upset about it, because in some respects it does matter, it could have been great, it could have carried it on, and could have evolved and been sophisticated and smart, but it is just sort of a mess."
Pegg goes on to talk about the timehe met Lucas, who told Pegg, "Just don't suddenly find yourself making the same film you made thirty years ago." That makes me actually think Lucas realized the prequels were not as good as they could have been. Pegg had this to say:
And also the idea that it happened because he doesn't trust anybody, by the sounds of it. That's my take on it. That back in the day, he was forced to collaborate, whereas when he was a superrich walking studio, he could just make all these decisions without deferring to anyone. And that's when it all went wrong. Not because he's not smart, but because it's just better to collaborate. I dread the day that my friends stop saying, "Wait a minute, that's bad!"
Check out the full interview HERE and share your thoughts below!
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