From “Spaced,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “Paul,” Simon Pegg has become an actor we here at Geek Peeks love. Whether it’s his writing or acting, he is a charming Brit who has made an impact in a short amount of time, gaining legions of fan each day. On June 9, his autobiography “Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey To Becoming A Big Kid” will be released and is currently available to pre-order. In this book Pegg recounts memories from when he was a child in England, how he caught the acting bug, and with some clever word play talks about his first encounters with the opposite sex.
The thing I love about this book is how Pegg goes back and forth in time in his narrative. One paragraph he will talk about how as a child he loved watching the original “Star Trek” on TV and the next paragraph he will talk about how he got to not only meet Leonard Nimoy but had to put aside his fanboy giddiness and be a professional actor while having to stop staring at the ears while filming “Star Trek.” The book focuses more on his youth and how the events led to Pegg’s interest in comedy, writing and acting. We also get some tidbits about how “Shaun of The Dead” led him to be welcomed in Hollywood despite his:
“Lack of ‘Hollywood’ good looks, as if that has anything to do with being an actor.”
Pegg also mentions how he met Nick Frost, the magical moment he saw “Star Wars” and the nightmare that was “The Phantom Menace.” In fact, one chapter recalls the excitement of watching the film and the next one he talks about the movie as a film student, including ideas he used when he wrote a college paper called “Base and Supersucker: A Marxist Overview of Consent in Star Wars and Related Works.” One of the ideas: C-3PO is a homosexual robot.
His writing moves with ease as you go along. I could hear his voice in my head bringing to life the situations, adding the familiar Simon Pegg delivery when he would go off on a rambling paragraph that relates to the topic and end it on a humorous note. Another piece of joy is the fiction story woven throughout the book that follows the adventures of a heroic adventurer who travels the world righting wrongs while being a ruggedly handsome ladies’ man. Essentially Pegg himself, with a robot butler.
I highly encourage you folks to pre-order this book on Amazon. Remember, it comes out June 9. It’s a fun read that allows us some insight into the mind of a very lovable chap.
- Hardcover: 368 Pages
- Publisher: Gotham Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592406815
- ISBN-13: 978-1592406814