Simon Pegg is a self-proclaimed "nerd" who absolutely adores Star Wars. He reveals more of his passion for the famed sci-fi thriller while also discussing its social-cultural impact in his new memoir, Nerd Do Well. The English actor, comedian, and writer was just seven-years-old when the George Lucas-directed film debuted in theaters worldwide in 1977.
"I was the absolute target age and it got me absolutely and completely devoted, but it came on this tidal wave of hype from America," Pegg explains to The BBC. "It was a psychological antidote to the depression following the Vietnam War. America was very upset because it felt like it didn't know what was good and bad …suddenly Star Wars comes along, it's like 'America's good' and America just went, 'Yes we are!' and on top of it, it was a great film."
Also speaking with The Guardian, the always jovial Pegg divulges more about Nerd Do Well, adding that the 368-page autobiography explores his humble beginnings in Gloucester and his experience in such box office films such as the 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead and 2009's Star Trek. But Pegg maintains that it's not your typical sketch of someone's life story. Blame Star Wars.
"These are nuggets that I'm happy to part with; the kind of pub chat you share with people when you first meet them," Pegg explains. "Some people might want to hear stories from the set of Spaced or Shaun or whatever, but it's kind of boring. We went to work, we filmed, we had a laugh: there weren't any great adventures. I found that most of the interesting stuff was in the past."
In other news:
– It looks like Suranne Jones isn't the only celebrity actor to land a cameo on Doctor Who next year. Mark Sheppard has been cast as Canton Everett Delaware III in next season’s two-part opener, which will be set in the US. The British-bred Sheppard has appeared is episodes of Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, and 24. (Doctor Who TV)
– Keira Knightley is the lead favorite to portray Diana, the late Princess of Wales in a forthcoming 2011 biopic by the Pathe film company. The film is said to cover Diana's early life as well as rise and fall of her marriage to Prince Charles and the devastating car crash that took her life in 1997. Dame Helen Mirren is rumored to star as Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd. (The Examiner)
– Mel C. vowed she wouldn't return to The Spice Girls after their monumental world tour in 2007. But now it seems that Sporty Spice has had a slight change of heart, adding that she'd love to sing with the best-selling girl group once more at the 2010 Summer Games in London.
"Officially we don't know anything yet but I think it's a brilliant idea," she says. "It would be wonderful for all five of us to appear and I'm sure all the girls would be up for it. Let's petition for this and make it happen." (Digital Spy)
– Founding Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll is ready to let everything be known about his days with the notorious Manchester group in his new book, Oasis: The Truth, out in the US in April 2011.
"There's a lot of things I need to put right," says McCarroll, who was kicked out of the band in 1995. "There is another side to the Oasis story which I think needs to be appreciated. Maybe even get other bandmembers recognized [sic] for once. It wasn't all about one person." (NME)
– British alternative rock outfit Kasabian received some harsh words from Norwich-based DJ Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan's quirky and fictional character who is gearing up for a comeback series online. Partridge blasted frontman Tom Meighan about his band's controversial moniker, which is taken from Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's one-time getaway driver, and it was all captured via voicemail, of course.
"He was having a right go at us, saying we were setting a bad example to kids for naming the band after Linda Kasabian," he says. "It was hysterical. I love Steve Coogan, he's a funny man." (The Sun)
– The Brooklyn Academy of Music has quite the Brit-tinged lineup for their 2011 spring season, as a host of legendary theater veterans are set to appear in several classics. Sir Derek Jacobi will star in "King Lear," while Alan Rickman is set to join Irish actress Fiona Shaw in the favorite Henrik Ibsen play, "John Gabriel Borkman." Aussie-born actor Geoffrey Rush will perform in Nikolai Gogol's treasured short story, "Diary of a Madman." (The New York Times)
by MacKenzie Wilson