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Simon Pegg

  1. Thomas Lockyer, Dog Soldiers, 2002.     UK-US-Luxembourg, 2001. A military exercise turns bloody nasty in the Scotland wilderness - filmed  in Luxembourg!   An “unashamedly cheesy, high-octane werewolf movie... The Howling meets Rio Bravo in the Scottish Highlands,” said Derek  Elley, Variety.  Pegg was offered Corporal  Bruce Campbell (nudge, nudge ) but his director mate, Edgar Wright, said Pegg’s first  horror role had to be in their Shaun of the Dead. And so it came to pass… in 2004. 
  2. Rowan Atkinson, Love Actually, 2003.    Yes, imagine Shaun of the Dead as  Rufus  the jewellery salesman.  Pegg (with The Office’s Ricky Gervais) was head of the new generation  of UK comedy-innovators... like Atkinson and John  Cleese before them.
  3. Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen, 2008.     Not so much “Who watches the watchmen?” as Juvenal asked, but who them playeth? In the 20 years it took to film Alan Moore’s DComic-book, directors came and went - Darren Aronofsky, Michael Bay, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass. So did their choices for Walter Kovacs aka Rorschach, the masked vigilante: Pegg, Daniel Craig, John Hurt, Doug Hutchinson, Sean Penn, Robin Williams and the prerequisite outsider, Richard Hansard - more known for music than acting (three credits in 18 years).   By which time,  Pegg had risen from  his own Shaun of the Dead, 2004, to  JJ Abrams’ re-booted  Star Trek, 2008 - at Paramount!
  4. Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds, 2008.      Backed out from kicking Nazi ass as Lieutenant Archie Hicox due to “insurmountable scheduling difficulties” with the start of his and Nick Frost’s Paul road movie. “I’m trying to remain upbeat,” declared Pegg. “As Tom Selleck said: Who the hell is Indiana Jones anyway?”



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