From Spaced to The Boys

Simon Pegg is a thoroughbred British, you can see that in every one of his films. Nevertheless – or perhaps because of it – he has now made the leap to Hollywood and has been involved in the really big productions since 2005. Who can claim to play in three million dollar franchise series !? Here are Simon Pegg’s highlights.

“Spaced” (1999-2001)

While Simon Pegg’s breakthrough in Germany only came with “Shaun of the Dead”, he has long been known in his home country at the end of the 1990s. When he starred in the far too unknown sitcom “Spaced” in Germany, he had been in the UK for many years.

Even if “Spaced” is 20 years old, the series is definitely worth a look. The show celebrates nerds long before Sheldon, Leonard, and the rest of the Big Bang Theory geeky smurfs hit the screen. A must for everyone who loves Simon Pegg and celebrates biting black humor.


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“Cornetto” – Trilogies (2005-2013)

  • “Shaun of the Dead” (2005)
  • “Hot Fuzz” (2007)
  • “The World’s End” (2013)

If Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play in a production, nothing bad can come of it. You even shot three films together, which are not really related, but are known as the “Cornetto Trilogy”. Although: The films are not entirely without similarities.

What all three films, which were made between 2005 and 2013, have in common: a strange story, bizarre characters, sometimes black-humored dialogues – and the best buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Do you need more persuasion? No, just! The trilogy therefore belongs on every film fan’s home cinema shelf.


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“Mission: Impossible” series (from part 3, 2006)

Simon Pegg has been part of one of the most successful action film series since 2006 and “Mission: Impossible III”, as Benjamin “Benji” Dunn supports the super agent Ethan Hunt on his completely wacky assignments.

With his technical skills, Benji ensures that Hunt can track down Musgrave in the third part. Since then, as a computer specialist, he has been an integral part of Ethan Hunt’s group, for whom no mission is impossible. Simon Pegg will also be present in the upcoming parts 7 and 8.

“Run, Fatboy, Run” (2007)

You do everything for the great love, right? But would you dare to do a marathon if you had the stamina of a sack of potatoes? Dennis (Simon Pegg) is definitely determined. He left his fiancée Libby (Thandie Newton) pregnant in front of the altar. It has been five years since then and Libby has a new boyfriend. He’s an entrepreneur, a great surrogate father – and a marathon runner. So the complete opposite of Dennis.

Dennis mourns his ex-girlfriend and wants to prove to her that he is no longer the useless guy from back then. With the help of his friend Gordon and his landlord, he wants to get fit for the marathon that will take place in London in three weeks – and thus win back Libby’s heart.

It goes without saying that this is not without complications. And there is probably no one except Simon Pegg, who presents himself so confidently in skin-tight swim shorts while jogging.

“Star Trek” series (2009, 2013, 2016)

Another successful franchise in which Simon Pegg is involved: The Briton can be seen as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the three films of the “Star Trek” new edition by JJ Abrams. In 2258 Scotty joined the USS Enterprise as chief engineer and regularly attracts attention for his loose mouth – which he makes up for with his proven know-how.

It is currently unclear whether there will be a fourth part in the series. The cast and crew would like to continue the franchise. But there are always delays caused by Change in the director’s chair and deficiencies in the script.

“Paul – An Alien on the Run” (2011)

Ooops, they did it again! This time Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are not only in front of the camera as a dream team, they also wrote the script for the crazy science fiction comedy. The two play British supernerds who wander in the USA on the trail of UFOs and visit locations for science fiction films. You witness a car accident – in which, however, not a person, but the alien Paul is involved.

Paul asks the two of them for help. He broke out of a military base where he has been held since 1947. The trio is now starting a crazy road trip through America, because the FBI has been on their heels.

“Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens” (2015)

Really! Simon Pegg is on “Star Wars”. But admittedly: it is not easy to recognize. Not at all, actually. Pegg hides behind the swaying crolute masses of Junk King Unkar Plutt. You know, the grim guy who doesn’t give Rey enough rations for her parts and puts a gang of thugs on her neck – because she doesn’t want to sell him BB-8.

Originally there was supposed to be a scene with Unkar Plutt, but it didn’t survive her stay in the editing room. At least: In the home theater versions, these and other deleted scenes are included – but as a raw version and therefore without final CGI textures.

“It’s complicated..!” (2015)

Simon Pegg shows his romantic side in “It’s Complicated ..!” Admittedly, the story of the romantic comedy is not a revelation, but plays out a typical scenario of confusion. But director Ben Palmer renounces romantic kitsch and relies fully on the sympathetic interplay of his main actors. He succeeds in making a film that is surprisingly well received by critics and is in no way inferior to classics like “Notting Hill”.


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“Ready Player One” (2018)

“Ready Player One” is full of pop culture Easter eggs and references that make gamer hearts beat faster, but Simon Pegg is none of them. He plays the co-inventor of OASIS, Ogden Morrow, in the science fiction blockbuster by Steven Spielberg.

OASIS is a multiplayer VR game in which gamers all over the world meet online and flee from the dreary reality. The platform is mixed up as players go in search of an Easter egg that OASIS founder Halliday (Mark Rylance) hid from his death. Finding it not only gives you billions of dollars, but also controls the game!


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“The Boys” (seit 2019)

With the comic adaptation “The Boys”, Amazon 2019 presents an unusual type of superhero series. The eponymous group takes on the so-called Seven – superheroes who are not so strict with the law and only help people to get likes on social media. “The Boys” is a long way from the motley world of the Avengers, and it’s not for nothing that some of the episodes received an FSK-18 rating.

Simon Pegg plays the father of the protagonist Hughie Campbell in “The Boys”. His contribution is a tribute from showrunner Eric Kripke to the comic creators. For the illustrator of the graphic novel, Pegg was the inspiration behind Hughie’s appearance. However, it is played by Jack Quaid in the Amazon series and therefore looks very different. Kripke gave Pegg a different role from Hughie’s.

“The Dark Crystal: Era of Resistance” (2019)

It’s a shame Netflix is ​​not continuing The Dark Crystal: Era of Resistance. The streaming service pulled the plug after season 1 – and leaves us in the dark with a nasty cliffhanger.

The German viewers may not even know that Simon Pegg was in “Der Dunkle Kristall”, as he can logically only be heard in the original version. But he lent his voice to The Chamberlain and brought their suspicious “Mmmmmmm” to perfection.


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Outlook: New series and films with Simon Pegg

  • “Truth Seekers” (Comedyserie; TV-Start: 2020)
  • America: The Motion Picture (Comedy, Animated Film; Release: 2020)
  • “Mission: Impossible 7” (action film; release: November 18, 2021)
  • “Mission: Impossible 8” (action film; release: November 3, 2022)
  • “Hump” (animation film; theatrical release: tba)
  • “Star Trek” sequel (sci-fi adventure; theatrical release: tba)

A special at the end

It’s one of my highlights that I’ve been watching at regular intervals for years and that makes me laugh heartily!

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