Nerd to the Nth Power: An Interview with Simon Pegg + Upcoming Interview with George R. R. Martin

Simon Pegg

SImon Pegg

Simon Pegg needs little introduction. Known for the TV show Spaced, the hugely successful zombie flick Shaun of the Dead, the hilarious Hot Fuzz, as well as playing the part of Scotty on J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, and most recently in Paul.. He is also the author of the very entertaining biography, Nerd do Well. .

In this interview, Pegg talks about a wide range of things both interesting and unsual, but ultimately hilarious! It is up to you to decipher which are factual and which are Simon Pegg doing what he does best. To read the interview click here . . .

Nerd Do Well

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George R. R. Martin

August 1st

George R R Martin

Coming up next month on BookBanter will be a big exclusive interview with the great George R. R. Martin, author of the renowned and bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series.

“Nerd Do Well” by Simon Pegg (Gotham Books, 2011)

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Nerd do Well isn’t your ordinary book.  It’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in another mystery that’s very good friends with an enigma.  Simon Pegg’s biography is a maze (also amazing) of moving tales of youth and growing up in Britain; entertaining hijinks and comedy jokes; and philosophizing on the merits of Stars Wars and the failure of the prequels.  And then there is the other story, the fictional heroic epic of the rich, magnificent genius and renowned action hero who is Simon Pegg; who has saved the world many times over, loved by all women and known throughout the world for his sexual prowess; Pegg takes readers on a journey of action and adventure along with his robot butler/sidekick.

When Pegg is not telling of his abilities as a superhero, he is reliving his childhood, growing up in Gloucester, and discussing his pivotal moments when he discovered acting, comedy, movies that changed his life – Stars Wars features prevalently throughout the book, of course – as well as his meeting and involvement with so many famous people who he grew up idolizing and learning from, like George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Steven Spielberg, George A. Romero, Quentin Tarrantino, and many more.  Pegg doesn’t spend much time in his recent movies and projects, as fans already know this aspect about him already.  He includes plenty of references to British TV and celebrities, so any previous knowledge of these subjects certainly helps, but is by no means required.

In Nerd do Well, Simon Pegg has created a new sort of genre that is a combination of heartfelt life story and entertaining work of fiction, but unlike other authors who have attempted this before, Pegg keeps the two separate; nevertheless readers get a great two for one deal here.  Nerd do Well is a book that you’ll want to read and reread; to speak allowed to your family and friends; to yell from the rooftops to the masses; in short, Nerd do Well is a book you won’t soon forget.

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Originally written on July 1, 2011.

An Interview with Simon Pegg (July, 2011)

Simon Pegg

SImon Pegg

Simon Pegg needs little introduction. Known for the TV show Spaced, the hugely successful zombie flick Shaun of the Dead, the hilarious Hot Fuzz, as well as playing the part of Scotty on J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, and most recently in Paul.. He is also the author of the very entertaining biography, Nerd do Well. .

In this interview, Pegg talks about a wide range of things both interesting and unsual, but ultimately hilarious! It is up to you to decipher which are factual and which are Simon Pegg doing what he does best.

Alex C. Telander: Is this the first book you’ve ever written, or is there another one from your past you just don’t want to talk about?

Simon Pegg: Yes. I wrote an erotic Twilight fan fiction, entitled Jacob’s Lipstick which sold 5 million copies worldwide. I’m working on a follow up called The Further Adventures of Twinkle Tits. That ones about Edward.

Alex: What was it like writing a book and do you think you’ll do it again?

Simon: It was an interesting endeavour, particularly as I had to do so much memory scouring. I think the next book I write will be a fiction because it will invariably involve less crying.

Alex: Do you have plans to write fiction or possibly some epic science fiction set in a galaxy far far away?

Simon: Not really. It’s been done hasn’t it?

Alex: What was your reaction when you knew you’d gotten the role of Scotty in the Star Trek film?

Simon: I lay down in a darkened room for a few days, occasionally sitting up to giggle.

Alex: How hard was it to do a Scottish accent?

Simon: Not hard. Half my family is Scottish and the the 1st AD in the movie was from Glasgow. Doing an accent means you have to engage another thought process as well as acting. It’s multitasking for flakey people.

Alex: Do you know when the next Star Trek film is expected to come out; have you started filming yet?  Anything you want to give away?

Simon: It’s called Star Trek: Scotty’s Shame and it chronicles the titular character’s adventures on the leisure planet of Sexxxus. I shot it last year.

Alex: What can we expect from Tintin, and how was it different from everything else you’ve done?

Simon: It’s called Tin Tin for a start. I think it’s going to be extraordinary. What I have seen has been amazing. It’s Spielberg but not as we know it.

Alex: Do you think you’ll be doing another TV series at some point?

Simon: I have no plans to at present.

Alex: Do you think you’ll ever start your own comic book series?

Simon: Never say never. I wouldn’t want to half arse it though. I’d need to give it the attention it deserves.

Alex: You recently announced that you and Nick Frost are writing a film together.  Anything you want to possibly give away or say about it?

Simon: No.

Alex: What’s your favorite book?

Simon: A Christmas Carol

Alex: What’s your favorite film?

Simon: A League of Their Own.