Simon Pegg Had a Hard Time with His 'Star Wars' Role
Posted 2018/01/28 0 0
A longtime Star Wars fans, Pegg got to cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Unkar Plutt.
Simon Pegg appeared on The Graham Norton Show to help promote the upcoming release of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, but the conversation, as all conversations eventually do, turned to Star Wars. Plutt is best remembered as the junk dealer on Jakku who attempted to steal BB-8 from Rey, as well as conning people out of bread portions. Pegg was unrecognizable in his role, seeing as he was covered head to toe in a costume that was boiling:
“Unkar Plutt. He was a junk dealer on the planet Jakku and I was wearing that in 50-degree heat [122 degrees Fahrenheit] and I had these big rubber-like silicone guantlets on my fingers and when I took them off I could pour the sweat out,”
That the role was so hot and uncomfortable for Pegg should come as no surprise when one considers where the scenes on Jakku were filmed. The home world of Rey, Jakku is a harsh and inhospitable desert planet far on the outskirts of the galaxy. To capture the harshness of that world, scenes for Jakku were filmed in the Rub' al Khali desert near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The desert, whose name means "the empty quarter" in Arabic, has a daily average high temperature of 117 degrees Fahrenheit and can get hot as 124 degrees.
The Shaun of the Dead creator wasn't just an actor in The Force Awakens either. Simon Pegg was something of a consultant on the movie, thanks to his previous working relationship with director J.J. Abrams. Pegg would weigh in on the story and provide ideas, himself being an experienced screenwriter. Plus, his input as a fan of the series was a valuable input for the process. Pegg's critics of the prequels have become somewhat infamous thanks to his old TV show, Spaced.