It looks as though Simon Pegg’s ‘Star Wars 7’ cameo is just the tip of the iceberg… as director J.J. Abrams reveals how the British funnyman was heavily involved with the movie.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ explained the important role Simon Pegg played during the film’s production.
“I will say this in terms of Simon: while he won’t be recognizable in the movie, in all honesty, his role in this – not the performance or the character – but his support and friendship has been massively important and helpful in the process.”
Of course, Simon Pegg is renowned for the role of Scotty in Abrams’ rebooted ‘Star Trek’ series… but long before he beamed up to the Starship Enterprise, he was known amongst British comedy fans for a little show called ‘Spaced’. And it’s this show where his passion for ‘Star Wars’ really shone through.
“He was a wonderful partner in crime to kick the story around and ask questions and come up with ideas, and he was an incredibly helpful part of the process for all of us,” said Abrams. “I’m very grateful.”
As well as helping J.J. develop the ongoing story, it looks as though he also cast a critical eye over what the director had come up with… and as a famed prequel-hater, that may be a good thing.
“He would drop by the set because he wanted to, and when he could, he would help,” explained Abrams. “We could talk about things, and he was a perfect combination of incredibly smart screenwriter, fan of the series, critical fan of the series, and friend of mine – but not just blindly supportive.”
“He was an honest, critical friend. And he wasn’t so close to it that he became immune to things. He would come in with fresh eyes and very smart ideas. He’s one of a handful of people along the way that has been really priceless.”
How much input did Simon Pegg eventually have? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But it remains as much a mystery as his cameo appearance.
‘Star Wars 7’ heads to cinemas on 18 December 2015.
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