Everyone’s favourite British actor Simon Pegg gets this week’s Career Outlook treatment. Lets dig in shall we?
Simon Pegg was born on the 14th of February 1970. He was raised Gloucestershire, England. When he was only 7 years old, his parents divorced. When his mother remarried, he took his stepfathers name: Pegg. When Pegg turned 16, he moved to Stratford-upon-Avon and began to study English Literature and Theatre. In 1991, Pegg graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in theatre, Film and TV.
Go forward 8 years to 1999, where Pegg’s big TV break would come in the form of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. Pegg created and co-wrote the project with Jessica Steveson.
The sitcom told the tale of Tim, a comic book artist who had recently broken up the love of his life, and Daisy, an aspiring writer. By chance the pair meet and decide to pose as a professional couple who want to secure a cheap flat.
The sitcom was directed by Edgar Wright, whom Pegg worked with in the early 1990’s. Pegg specifically wrote the character of ‘Mike Watt’ for his best friend Nick Frost. The show lasted 2 season and was so well received that Pegg earned himself a nomination for Best Male Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards.
A certain sequence in the sitcom which involved Zombies let both Pegg and Wright to conjure up their first feature, ‘a romantic comedy with zombies’ known as Shaun of the Dead.
The feature was met with incredible critical and commercial praise all over the world and has now become a cult classic. Roger Ebert stated: ‘Shaun of the Dead has its pleasure which are mild but real. It is a send-up of zombie movies.’
With a very high rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, all that can be said from me is that it’s definitely worth the watch. (One of my favs!)
Below is one of many LOL moments throughout.
Upon completion of the ‘Zom RomCom’, Pegg was asked by the media, as he shot to fame, would he abandon the Brit film industry and head for the hills of Hollywood. He responded with:
‘It’s not like I’m going to run off and do Mission:Impossible-3!?!?’
(At the time an imaginary blockbuster…)
Alas, on viewing Shaun of the Dead, Tom Cruise jumped on the opportunity to work with the star in the threequel to the mission franchise. Pegg starred as IMF Tech Benji Dunn who helps Cruise’ character in all his daring action.
Fans took huge liking to Pegg, and he reprised the role not once but twice. You can catch his in Mission:Impossible-Rogue Nation which we will be reviewing next week.
That same year, both Simon and Edgar returned for their second major feature together. This time both Pegg and Frost starred as Police-men-officers in the cop action homage Hot Fuzz. Again, they knocked it out of the park with reviews calling it:
‘A God Damn Masterpiece!’- Kotaku.com.
With an amazing rating of 91%, the extremely violent, crude humoured, right amount of paper work comedy ensured it to earn a top spot on my personal favourite list!
Pegg went on to star in David Schwimmers directorial debut, Run Fatboy Run. Here he played a lazy washed up security guard turned marathon runner. Starring alongside such talent as Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria the film went on to receive mixed reviews, stating that it had sporadic laughs but is ultimately too formulaic and predictable. (Everyone has their opinions!) I personally enjoyed it. I see it as a 90min feel good film with a lot of LOLs that also pack a warm heart father and son relationship!.
2011 saw the now fan favourite-brotherly pair team up for their 3rd film. Both Pegg and Frost co-wrote the sci-fi comedy Paul. Being directed by Superbad genius Greg Mottola, the screenplay was so well received that it appeared on the ‘Brit List’, a film complied survey of all the best unproduced British screenplays. The film saw Pegg take a back seat and somewhat let Frost take the main character lime light.
I honestly think that there is no lead, when it comes to a Pegg-Frost-Combo. They both play off each other, which creates enormous viewing pleasure.
Their 3rd outing was a success both sides of the pond. After the press tour, Pegg returned Brit side and completed the last film of the now called ‘Cornetto Trilogy’.
The Pub crawl with a twists, The Worlds End, featured a hole host of stars including Martin Freeman and Pierce Brosnan. With a more darker tone, critics were so impressed with the final instalment, that some said:
‘Pegg gives arguably his best performance in the 3 films. His chemistry with Frost is unbeatable’- Chris Stuckmann.
With 89% ratings, the Cornetto Trilogy has fast become one of the most beloved/successful comedies of the last 20 years with Pegg being hailed a comic genius.
Pegg didn’t stop there! In 2008, he was approached by film mastermind J.J. Abrams to play fan favourite Scotty in the reboot to the beloved Sci-Fi franchise Star Trek. Fans were hugely blown away by his terrific performance in both reboots, that major executives were so happy, that it has been recently dropped that Paramount Studios have secured him a deal to co-write the latest Trek sequel entitled: Star Trek- Beyond.
The Star Wars fanboy also secured an unknown role in this Decembers highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens. All we know that Pegg might have some sort of creature performance part with his face mostly likely to be obscured in some way, but there is no doubt in my mind that it is a dream come true for him.
He has been a fan ever since he was a boy, check out below a video of both Pegg and Frost re-enacting one of many famous scenes from the Original trilogy (The best trilogy!)
Now if that doesn’t make you laugh I don’t know what will? With a career of 20 years under his belt so far, there is not a murmur of chatter that suggests he won’t stop his outstanding career any time soon!
Are you a fan of Simon Pegg? Whats your favourite film of his? Let us know! Nerd out!