Simon Pegg's New Autobiography: Well Done, Nerd!
|The Adventures of Simon Pegg is also available in graphic novell form, as a downloadable app.|
"The Adventures of Simon Pegg" saga is such a great, fully-realized adventure that you wove through the book. Let's say Nerd Do Well were made into a film, Adaptation-style: Who would play Simon Pegg, actor/writer/father/nerd, and who would play Simon Pegg, international man of intrigue?
That would be an extremely tough casting process, as I would have to employ several actors to play me through the ages. I guess I would step in towards the end. In terms of my rugged alter ego with the ridiculously good physique and devastatingly handsome visage, that's a toughie. Perhaps a Ryan would do it: Gosling, Reynolds, Philippe or Seacrest. I'd have to get them on tape, kissing their muscles and shouting at a posh robot.
Post-writing of Nerd Do Well, you've re-entered the Mission: Impossible franchise for the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, where your character gets to get out from behind a desk and into the field action this time. Share with us an awesomely nerdy anecdote about that film that would have been in the book, had the film come first.
Whilst shooting the movie, director Brad Bird introduced me to our editor Paul Hirsch, informing me that this was the man who had edited [Star Wars:] A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I then grilled him for about half an hour, during which time he played me a song from his iPhone. The track was "Avalon" by Benny Goodman, a song he had used as a place holder during a certain bar scene in the (truly) first Star Wars film. The saucy little jazz number sounded so much like the music heard in the Mos Eisley cantina, I realized that not only had Paul edited two of my favorite films he had had a direct influence on the soundtrack of that iconic moment. I was blown away.
Your daughter, Matilda, is almost two; your tweets seem to indicate that she's a bit nerdy about The Wiggles at the moment, but has she yet shown any interest in what you or I might call more "traditionally" geeky fare?
She's a little young at the moment but definitely displays the signs of a future geek girl. She has shows she adores and watches over and over again. She quotes and impersonates the characters. They may not be wielding lightsabers or blasters but it's only a matter of time. I'm looking forward to showing her a few things when she's old enough to appreciate them. I won't force it though. She can do whatever her heart tells her to. That's what I did.
Simon Pegg will appear at Barnes & Noble at The Grove for a Nerd Do Well reading and book signing on Fri., June 17 at 7 p.m.