“You can’t get complacent and think, ‘I’m better now.'” Simon Pegg on depression, alcohol, Mission: Impossible and becoming an adult

SIMON Pegg’s 40th birthday back in 2010 was, the actor recalls, quite a memorable one. He was serenaded while waiting to be hanged. Pegg was filming Burke and Hare in Scotland with the director John Landis at the time.

“I was stood on a gallows with a noose around my neck and John had 300 Scottish ‘peasants’ sing Happy Birthday to me. Which was the most surreal experience.”

At the time, Pegg was on the up professionally. He had spent the previous 10 years parlaying the success of his Channel 4 sitcom Spaced which he created with Jessica Hynes and his love of what would become known as geek culture, into, first, a movie career via Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and then a Hollywood movie career playing Scotty in the 2009 big screen reboot of Star Trek.

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