Simon Pegg has become a big name but casual kinda guy. A man who’s seen enormous success but does not seem to be fazed by it all. No – Simon just comes across as everybody’s mate, even though you know that the day after he meets you he will be banging heads with Stephen Spielberg. Simon is known to us in the UK mostly for his Sci-fi comedies or as one part of a Nick Frost duo but on the other side of the atlantic we have seen him collaborate with Stephen Spielberg several times and worked on such films as Mission Impossible and Star Wars.
I’ve photographed Simon before but this time there was a noticeable beard present. It gave Simon a little of that east end hard guy look. A bit of a knuckle duster kinda guy! Good look I thought and a great addition to getting some images of Simon that were a little edgier than the other shots we see of Simon.
Simon is now ‘Scotty’ in the new Star Trek Beyond. The idea behind this shoot was exactly that – to beam him into the shoot, get the shot and beam him out again. Not only was this great in order to put Simon in the context of the article, but it also saved us a lot of money in Taxis and Simon the hassle of sitting in traffic. I only had to aim the camera at where Simon would be beamed in and press the shutter as he came shooting down. Beaming back up again was easier as we could count it down, NASA style. 5,4,3,2,1 BEAM-UP!