Simon Pegg might have only had a tiny role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as junk boss Unkar Plutt, but it still resulted in one of the best days of his life.
Pegg admitted as much during a recent in-depth interview about his career with Vanity Fair, as working on the blockbuster gave him the opportunity to spend time with Carrie Fisher.
“I started going down to the set and I got all my makeup design and met everybody, and being around that set was just amazing for me as a fan of Star Wars growing up, ‘cause it felt very much like the Star Wars I grew up with.”
“And, of course, Carrie Fisher was there, and Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford, and these are the people that I idolized as a kid, and so, to get to be hanging out with them was a real dream come true. I had such a huge crush on Carrie Fisher when I was a kid. She was like my first sort of stirrings of romantic love. And I got to spend a little time with her.”
More than that, though, Pegg makes it sound like his time with Fisher was an utter delight that bordered on the romantic. Pegg even decided to tell the actress that he loved her.
“We had a lovely day when we wandered around the set of the Resistance base together arm in arm. And we were just sort of chatting and I turned around and we were looking at each other.”
“And I was looking into her eyes and it was the same eyes. Obviously it sounds really obvious to say it, but I was looking into those eyes that sort of captivated me as as kid. And I said ‘You know, I’ve always loved you.’ And she grabbed my hand and looked at my wedding ring and said, ‘F***, you!’ It was the best day of my life.”
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Pegg’s tale is just one of thousands of examples of Fisher’s famous wit, something that the world has been longing for even since the beloved actress, writer, and comedian died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016.