Object of my obsession: Simon John Beckingham (Simon Pegg) – February 14, 1970
My favorite appearances: Shaun of the Dead – Shaun, Paul – Graeme Willy, Hot Fuzz – Nicholas Angel
If you have been reading my movie reviews you know I love zombie movies. So of course I had to see Shaun of the Dead. By the end not only was this brilliant horror/comedy feature on my favorite zombie movies ever list but also the lovable geek boy that is Simon Pegg had found a place into my fangirl heart.
Most people stand out in movies for being unearthly attractive, freakish, or displaying some overblown feature; muscles, breasts, eyes, etc. However what stands out for me is his normalness. The roles he plays, be it the wage slave title character Shaun, the highly intelligent but slightly awkward Benji in Mission Impossible III and Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol, or the “top cop” in Hot Fuzz; we all know someone like Mr. Pegg. Heck at some point in our lives we’ve all been a bit like him.
Most comedic actors, I find, try to hard to be funny both on and off screen. Jim Carrey is a good example of this. However Simon Pegg just has to be himself and that’s enough to laugh along with him. And the fact that he embraces his geeky/nerdy side… Bonus!
Of course no fangirling about Simon would be complete without mentioning his friend, frequent co-star, and bromance partner, Nick Frost. Although Pegg is very enjoyable on his own, the easy, natural chemistry between he and Mr. Frost makes any feature they appear in worth the price of admission. That and I may have a small crush on Nick as well.
I’ll leave you with my second favorite clip from Simon and Nick in Shaun of the Dead. My favorite would be a major spoiler to those who haven’t seen it. To those who have, “player two has entered the game.” For those who haven’t, watch the freakin’ movie already.