|Simon Pegg: Has the Bantha poo-doo hit the fan!|
Just when I was really getting to enjoy all the right and wonderful decisions being made about EPISODE VII, along comes this shocking rumour now likely fact. Its the moment which I and many other SW fans had been worried about for some time...
Jedi News - Latest: RUMOR: Simon Pegg Cast For Episode VII "Secret Role"?
If he is indeed in the new film/s, its a serious slap in the face to many devoted fans of the Classic Trilogy SPECIAL EDITIONS and the three massively under-appreciated Prequels, of which Pegg has been aggressively vocal these past seventeen years. Let's not forget some of his memorably negative things which I'm happy to provide links to - these "gems" of derogatory "wisdom" - he's spouted about them, and creator George Lucas, over the years...
Video: Watch Simon Pegg Rant About How "Star Wars" Was "Destroyed" By Phantom Menace | Complex
▶ Simon Pegg on Star Wars Remastering - YouTube
Simon Pegg: “George Lucas ruined Star Wars" - Yahoo Movies UK
User blog:Brandon Rhea/Simon Pegg: J.J. Abrams will save Star Wars at Star Wars Fanpedia, the Star Wars news wikia
Simon Pegg Wants a Lucasfilm Gig | Star Wars Blog | Star Wars Blog
"Shitty", "clueless", and "a fucking shame" - Simon Pegg on the 2011 Blu-rays, from The Daily Dot website, 2011
Of course, Mister Pegg is fully entitled to his opinions, its a free country, but if he felt that bad about the current state of STAR WARS, someone of his media influence should have had the wisdom to send back the free copy/"care package" of the 2004 DVD set sent by LUCASFILM, turned down the likely later 2011 sent Blu-ray sets, too, and should have politely declined Dave Filoni's ultimately poor and controversial decision in offering him the voice over work of Dengar in THE CLONE WARS animated series- which, for an actor (well Pegg's supposed to be an actor), turned out for many to be a pretty weak vocal performance and an overall ruination of that popular character's bounty hunter mystique.
J.J. Abrams obviously likes the British nerd-ness of Simon Pegg, who is a talent within his own original material (like SPACED, SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ), and surely sees in him some kind of relatable kindred spirit whom he can identify with and have lots of laughs on and off set. But its no laugh to the insulted worldwide STAR WARS fan base- this likely latest addition to the cast is a pretty unpalatable one, is a potentially huge disappointment (especially with Pegg's prior re-imagined TREK connections (there's a big difference between an actor and a directors participation), which we hoped he would sensibly not clash with) and likely cause quite a negative feedback wave in some quarters leading up to December 2015...
One final question: If I slag off the Prequels and George Lucas, do you think someone at LUCASFILM might hire me for a job on the Sequels or Spin-offs? It seems to have worked for Spin-off movie writer Gary Whitta, and now likely Simon Pegg. Is it that easy?