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Interview: Simon Pegg

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 1, 2008

Well, let’s get the hell away from Star Wars, then.
Yeah, before we get bogged down.

You wrote a dissertation on “a Marxist overview of popular ’70s cinema”?
I did — with Star Wars–related works.

I think we’re bogging down . . . I guess Star Wars is in your blood; your fan base seems to be rooted in the “fanboy” culture.
Yeah. I’d really like to keep it that way. I’d just like to stay there, because I think they’re in it for the right reasons. Their enthusiasm is entirely honest, and not fickle. You never want to let them down, you never want to short-change them.

Are you interested in getting the Entertainment Weekly level of attention?
Entertainment Weekly is a cool magazine. The idea of being on the cover, you think, “Wow, I’ve achieved something.” But at the same time, you’re entering into an arena which is entirely unpredictable and, you know, hard to manage — the attention that it brings you when you do a job like this. It’s the equivalent of what radiation is to people who work in a nuclear-power plant. It’s a hazard of the job, in a way. It’s not altogether necessarily a good thing. There are no perks with radiation, obviously. You don’t get to go to parties and things.

But what about the radiation you might be exposed to from Ain’t It Cool News?
Well, you get radiation that turns you into a superhero. That kind of radiation.

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