Simon Pegg

October 3, 2008 at 12:57 pm 5 comments

Americans know him for his films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, as well as his most recent comedy, Run, Fatboy, Run.  His new film, How to Lose Friends And Alienate People, is based on Toby Young’s recollection of his hilariously awful experiences working for Vanity Fair.  In the opinion of this writer, though, Pegg was never more adorable than as the self-effacing Tim in UK sitcom Spaced.  His first collaboration with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost, the show used its low budget to maximum effect, creating whimsical fantasy sequences rich in pop culture references.  In many ways, the show was a spiritual predecessor to New Zealand’s Flight of the Conchords.  Today’s interview with the AV Club gives us just one more reason to love Simon– his summary of his undergraduate thesis:

It was mainly about Star Wars and related works. It was mainly saying if you watch a movie that has inherent political messages, even if they’re unintentional, and without critically objectifying yourself, you by consent agree with it. So if you have a film which is incredibly misogynistic, and you just watch it and enjoy it, you are a misogynist because you haven’t been able to say, “Hey, wait a minute, that’s putting forward an idea that women are to be demeaned.” So in films like Star Wars and Raiders Of The Lost Ark there are certain social metaphors at work. Bomb-fear. A lot of big-weapon fear. Saying stuff like, say, “Big weapons are fine if you’re good, and they’re not fine if you’re bad.” The line, “Don’t look at the ark” is a fantastic way of saying, “Just don’t worry about stuff and it’ll be fine. We have nuclear weapons, but it’s none of your business.” Also some of the sexual things going on, the gender relationships, the racial stuff that goes on, if you don’t pick it out and say, “Hang on a sec. Isn’t that saying that black people are stupid?” Then you’re being racist by watching that movie. You agree with it.

Nothing gets a girl hot and bothered like critical analysis of popular culture.  As if you needed further convincing, go watch Hot Fuzz.  That scene in the pub where Nick Frost’s character first makes Pegg break into a smile?  If that doesn’t make you melt, you’re dead from the waist down.

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  • 1. Seresecros  |  October 3, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    “Nothing gets a girl hot and bothered like critical analysis of popular culture” – lies! This is lies! I point at you and declare this: lies!

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  • 2. Betty  |  October 3, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    You’re clearly not talking to the right girls.

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  • 3. Tim Cameron  |  October 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Simon Pegg would be my gaycrush, but it would be like sleeping with my brother. Who happens to be Jesus.

    What I’m saying is that the man is brilliant, and I agree that Spaced has yet to be equalled. Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were both brilliant, but he and Ed Wright have yet to make the film that could rival Spaced. It’ll be tough, seeing as it had two series to flesh out the characters. One film will really struggle, regardless of how good it is.

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  • 4. parkrangerolivia  |  October 5, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    yes. i was worried there would be no skeet, but this is far better than anything i could have imagined. you should check out his hilarious interview on The Soup.

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