Pegg used his Scottish family links as inspiration for the role but was warned to tone it down as it could prove too much for US audiences.
“Because I’ve got Scottish family, JJ lets me put Scotishisms into the script. But one day he came up to me on the set and said, ‘Simon, we have to understand what you are saying.’ So I pulled it back a little bit.”
Pegg on how Scotty is different in Into Darkness
Simon Pegg on fan speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison
“It’s been fun seeing people try to figure out who he is playing and all the time it just being a very simple answer. John Harrison is indicative of a thing going on in society today, which is the enemy within. Not…a multi-horned alien or another country or whatever. It’s the idea that the threat can be one of us and can come from inside.”
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