Pegg rules out another series of 'Spaced'

Pegg rules out another series of 'Spaced'
Simon Pegg

Actor Simon Pegg today declared himself too old to make another series of classic sitcom 'Spaced'.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where Pegg is promoting his yet-to-be-released film 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People', Pegg was asked if he would be going back to the hit show.

He said: "It's too late now, we're too old now… I'm over the hill."

He continued: "I'm not 20 now, I would not pretend to know what those kids are thinking about now."

'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People' is centred around Sidney Young (Pegg), an aspiring man about town who is chosen to work at Sharps, a New York magazine.

Unfortunately for Sidney, women cross the room to avoid him.

Kirsten Dunst plays Alison, Sidney's confidante and colleague.

The film was inspired by Toby Young's bestseller about his short-lived career at Vanity Fair in New York.

Pegg said his character was a bit of a hypocrite, wanting to demolish the celebrity culture while at the same time wanting to be part of it.

Speaking about another co-star in 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People', Gillian Anderson, Pegg said: "I grill her about the X Files all the time.

"You have with your partner a list of people you would be allowed to kiss. Gillian's on that list."

Pegg later said jokingly: "No, I don't really have a list."

He described Dunst as: "One of, if not the most instinctive actresses I have ever worked with… I absolutely love her."

He said he had once protected Dunst, who was at the time being romantically linked to Razorlight's Johnny Borrell, from pursuing paparazzi.

"I was stood in front of these paparazzi guys trying to keep them from her," Pegg said.

Pegg described how he had played Indian tabla drums during a jamming session with Jeff Bridges, who is also in the film, in a trailer.

Speaking about his experience in Hollywood, Pegg said: "It entirely lives up to expectations and exceeds it."

He said the superficial nature of Hollywood was both hilarious and enjoyable.

Pegg told how when he had been in Hollywood his driver had wound down the window to give $20 (€12.83) to a one-legged homeless man.

Pegg said of the homeless man: "He said: 'I see you're with a film crew'.

"He said: 'Do you want to want to see my screenplay?'

"Everyone's there to make it."

He said that while he did not intend to live in Hollywood, he would continue working which could mean acting in those sorts of films.

The actor, who is to star in a new 'Star Trek' film, said: "There is a whole new raft of people writing to me which is kind of strange."

Pegg, who said he found red carpets "the most horrendous experience", told how he has just written a script with Nick Frost for a road movie set in America.

The film, called 'Paul', concerns some "comic book geeks", Pegg said.

'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People' opens across Ireland on October 3.

Young joked he had originally wanted Orlando Bloom or Jude Law to play Sidney.

He said his motivation to put together the book was to prove he could produce something worth reading.

"I'm now in this rather odd position of being a professional failure," Young said.

"Where the film completely parts company from the book is in the third act when I suddenly begin to succeed at the magazine…

"None of that ever happened."

Young, who said he once hired a stripper gram on a "bring your daughters to work day" said he became known as "that English chump".

He said he still reads Vanity Fair.

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