Simon Pegg hints at retirement from 'nerd films'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 July 2016
Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg has hinted he is going to "retire" from starring in "nerd" films because he wants to appear in more drama movies

Simon Pegg is considering "retiring" from starring in "nerd" films.

The 'Star Trek Beyond' actor and writer - who also played Unkar Plutt in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - is keen to try his hand at further drama projects after appearing in several "childish" movies throughout his career.

The 46-year-old star said: "I had an odd sense of ennui after I finished 'Star Trek'. I got home and thought, 'What do I want to do now?'

"I genuinely didn't really know. I kind of felt that I'd ticked a lot of boxes. So I think I'm going to evolve, and maybe I'll retire from nerddom.

"You know, I'm an old guy now and I don't feel the draw towards childish things as much as I used to. I would like to do more, maybe branch away to do drama."

Pegg felt "terrified" when he was tasked with co-writing 'Star Trek Beyond' alongside Doug Jung because he cares so much about the sci-fi series and didn't want to let the die-hard fans down.

The star - who appeared as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the film- added to Time Out magazine: "I found writing 'Star Trek' borderline terrifying, but at the same time, I couldn't say no.

"It was, 'I'm going to have to embrace the terror to do this.'

"Because it's something I really value and care about. And it's one of those things where you're essentially putting yourself in the firing line for those who expect a certain something - that's everyone these days.

"Just being given the keys to this kingdom. It's a gigantic, historically loved, 50-year-old story.

"In all of its iterations, it's probably the most significant science-fiction anthology of the modern age.

"To be given access to that in a creative capacity felt daunting. I was just like, 'Holy s**t.' "

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