Simon Pegg: "The Last Time I Watched Star Wars..."

The comedy actor lets us in on when he last watched ate a cornetto, shouted at the TV and went to the Winchester Pub

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The last time I...:

...Ate a Cornetto
I’m almost ashamed to say – last night. Because we had them in the freezer. My daughter loves them. The “Cornetto Trilogy” idea was accidental. We got free ice cream at the Shaun of the Dead premiere and then as a joke, when we were writing Hot Fuzz, we thought let’s put another mention in – more free ice cream. Now you get a box of three mint Cornettos and it says “As seen in the film The World’s End”. Seeing that was a moment of sheer unadulterated pleasure.

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...Watched Star Wars 
About two weeks ago. I have the "despecialised" versions – the original, theatrical Star Wars. My 13-year-old neighbour Felix is a big Star Wars fan, as you should be at 13. I said "Come over and watch Star Wars as it was when I saw it when I was a kid." And he did. And at the end he said: "Well, why did he mess with it then?" You tell me!

…Had an argument on social media
Some time ago. The worst place you can have an argument with someone is on social media because it is impossible to articulate credible arguments in 140 characters. And also people join in. It’s like that fight in The Matrix between Neo and the hundred Agent Smiths.

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…Shouted at the TV
It was at the end of an episode of Game of Thrones. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it was the one where Tyrion did something… And I was like, "Don’t end, don’t end."

…Went to a supermarket
Now this is not because I have lost touch with reality, but there is a far easier way to shop that doesn’t involve me having my picture taken thousands of times, and that is the Ocado man. Although the Ocado man will occasionally ask for a photograph.

Grew facial hair
It was for a movie called Kill Me Three Times that I did in Australia. I had a handlebar moustache, which I was very proud of. It was full-on; they dyed it black. It’s very strange when you have got a trucker moustache – there’s very little that goes with it, clothing-wise. Maybe a little leather cap or a cowboy outfit would have looked fine, but regular jeans and a T-shirt was just like, “What are you thinking?”

…Googled my name
Very recently. You have to. I don’t have a Google alert on my name, I don't go that far. [But] I mean, if you knew there was a giant room where people were talking about you all the time, wouldn't you occasionally put your ear to the wall?

…Picked up dog poo
Friday just gone. There was a particularly evident offering in our driveway and I dealt with it accordingly. I have two dogs; one of them, Mini, once pooped as a funeral went by. I just stood there and she lowered a terrible plop in sight of the cortège.

…Went to The Winchester
Ages ago. The real “Winchester” pub from Shaun of The Dead was The Shepherds, by Highgate tube, which is now called The Boogaloo. Nick Frost and I spent all our time in there. Since I quit drinking, the desire to sit in pubs has lessened. I do love pubs, I love that community atmosphere, I just don’t like being around drunk people. That’s the thing about pubs, they’re spoilt by drunk people.

…Ate something that I’d grown in my garden
Last season. We had some lovely lettuce, some really nice beans and – I think it was squash, those things. We actually have vines in our garden that grow beautiful grapes. And apples, we've got five apple trees and they drop fuck-loads of apples. No garden disasters. We had a low rhubarb yield, maybe.

…Made a playlist
When I went snowboarding. It was on a little Boba Fett USB, and the playlist was called, erm, “Boarder Fett”. The opening song was probably a donking dance track – “Elliptic” by Vessels; a banger.

Simon Pegg stars in Hector and the Search for Happiness, out on 15 August 

 

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