Exclusive: Simon Pegg Talks about His Autobiography NERD DO WELL and BURKE AND HARE

     October 18, 2010

While I was in London a few days ago (for reasons I will reveal next year), I was able to sit down and talk with Simon Pegg before his recent signing at Waterstone’s book store in Piccadilly Square.

But I guess I should back up a second.

If you didn’t know, Simon Pegg, the star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the one who brought Scotty back to life in J.J. Abrams Star Trek, has written an autobiography called Nerd Do Well.  The book was released last week in the UK and will be out in the US and Canada on November 23rd.  I’ve started reading the book, and while Pegg is usually guarded in interviews about his private life, the book goes into intimate detail about a lot of very personal things.  It was quite surprising.   More after the jump:

nerd_do_well_book_cover_01Rather than going on and on…I’m just going to suggest watching the interview below.  What’s cool about it is while we were recording it, a lot of Pegg’s family was sitting right off frame watching us.  You can also hear his father in law’s Scottish accent during the interview (he’s the one who helped Pegg craft Scotty’s voice in Star Trek.)

During the interview, Pegg discusses writing the book, what was off limits, weather he keeps a journal while making movies, the editing process, and we also touched a bit on his next movie Burke and Hare.

Finally, Pegg is doing some signings in the UK to promote his book. Below the interview are some of the dates.

And one last thing…a big thank you to Simon Pegg for doing the interview!

Simon Pegg

  • Talks about where we are.  A lot of his family was in the room and you can hear his father in law who helped him get his Scottish accent for Star Trek
  • 1:00 – How long did it take him to write the book. Talks about having to work 9 to 5 on it for 3 months
  • 1:55 – Did he feel the need to make it funny. Talks about the fiction story that runs through the book
  • 3:00 – The editing process
  • 3:45 – Where did he draw the line regarding talking about his family and friends
  • 4:45 – Where did he chose to end the book. Did he talk about making Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek. Talks about working for Spielberg
  • 6:40 – Has he kept notes while making his movies
  • 7:20 – Burke and Hare talk. Is it getting a USA release?

+ 20 Oct – Waterstone’s Glasgow Sauchieha – 12:30pm – 153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW
+ 20 Oct – Waterstone’s Edinburgh West End – 6pm – 128 Princes Street, EH2 Edinburgh
+ 21 Oct – WHSmith Trafford Centre – 12:30pm – 34 Peel Avenue, Manchester, Lancashire, M17 8BA
+ 21 Oct – Waterstone’s Liverpool One – 5:30pm – 1 College Ln, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3DL
+ 22 Oct – ASDA Derby Supercentre – 12pm – Derby Road, Spondon, Derby DE21 7LW
+ 23 Oct – Forbidden Planet Megastore – 4pm – 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

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