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INT: Simon Pegg

Yeah, sure...everyone and their uncle wants to talk to Tom Cruise about MI3 and his newborn Suri, but we here at JoBlo.com, want to get the real juice about the film, so we go directly to the man who matters most, the dude who put the Shaun in "Shaun of the Dead", the man who is quite funny -- even in a short-ass interview as the one below -- the man, the myth: Simon Pegg!! (that and the fact that Cruise wanted nothing to do with us, of course...hehehe). Seriously though, despite "no online junkets" for the major stars from the movie, friend of JoBlo.com, Simon Pegg came around and answered a few questions for us (and others) anyway. You gotta love the guy.

Oh, he also talks a little bit about his next flick "Hot Fuzz", as well as the possible sequel to SHAUN called FROM DUSK TILL SHAUN?!? Am I kidding or not? Read on, fellow schmoe...

Simon Pegg

How did you get the part in Mi-III, and what was your reaction when you learned you got the part?

I got a call from JJ [Abrams] out of the blue. He said he'd enjoyed "Shaun of the Dead" and how would I like to be in the movie. It was a no-brainer really. I had to have a little sit down after our conversation, just to get the heart rate down.

What was it like going from an indie film like Shaun, to a big budget studio pic like Mi-III?

It was amazing. Unlimited smoothies. It blew my mind.

What's coming up after Mi-III and "Hot Fuzz"? Mi-4? A sequel to "Shaun of the Dead"? Any other genres?

There's a few things on the horizon, but I don't want to say too much about that now. As far as a Shaun sequel is concerned, it might be a little hard, with how things ended up. Sequels can sometimes sully the memory of the original too. Once a sequel is in place, it's virtually impossible to watch the first film and feel any amount of closure at the end. Look at Aliens; once you've seen Alien 3, you know that Ripley's efforts at the end of the former are a complete waste of time. Having said, someone will throw this interview in my face at the premiere of "From Dusk 'Til Shaun".

Are there any directors you really admire and would like to work with?

Yes loads. Raimi, Tarantino, Spielberg, Jackson, Rodriguez, The Coens, Mann, Soderbergh, Greengrass...I have a list at home. I can go and get it. I'd love to work with JJ again.

What was your most memorable experience on the set of Mi-III? What was it like being on the set for such a short amount of time?

I completely went to pieces on my first take. I looked at Tom and Ving and thought, how the hell did I get here!? I had jet lag, the whole experience felt a little dream like. Although, I was only on set for a number of days, I was in LA for a few weeks. I love LA, it's like a safari park with movie stars. You're driving down the street and suddenly there's a famous person in their natural habitat. Sometimes they even climb on the car and pull off your wipers. I quickly learnt you should never keep an undressed tuna salad on the passenger seat.

Were you ever intimidated to work with the impressive cast of Mi-III? What was it like working with Tom?

Apart from my little freak out on my first day, everyone was lovely. I was made to feel very welcome. JJ felt like an old friend as soon as we met and Tom was the epitome of professionalism. Friendly, chatty and not at all starry. It was enormous fun.

Please tell us a bit about "Hot Fuzz" and the tone of comedy it will use.

"Hot Fuzz" is a police/action/comedy/thriller/comedy. We're doing for the cops what we did for zombies. Taking a well used and traditionally American genre and putting it in a very British context. The cops aren't armed in the UK so it's not an ideal place for an action hero but it's a great place to start, when your destination is complete carnage. Imagine Masterpiece Theatre doing Lethal Weapon.

When will it be coming out in America?

It's being distributed by Rogue Pictures who distributed Shaun. I can't wait to work with them again. Our Shaun press tour was a hoot. With any luck it will be released simultaneously in the US and UK next February.

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