by Andy Scott
Part II: An Examination of Spaced and Paul
If Benji Dunn was the first of Simon Pegg’s characters to inhabit my consciousness, then Tim Bisley is perhaps the closest of all Pegg’s characters to a personification of my own repressed and pseudo-nerd psyche. Tim is the slacker comic book artist from the short-lived TV series Spaced, Pegg’s first foray into mainstream British culture and his gateway into future work with various Hollywood projects. It is the character of Tim, as well as Graeme Willy of Paul that are the closest manifestations to Pegg’s own true geek, and these characters allow Pegg to publicly explore the various social influences that have been so strong in his formation. Most prominent in both projects are references to Star Wars, comic book enthusiasm and an interest in the paranormal.
by Andy Scott
Simon Pegg first came into my consciousness as Benji Dunn, the nerdy-capable tech whiz who aids and abets Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series. Playing a lovable, dweeby scamp who shies away from violence in favor of technological trickery, Pegg navigated his way into my heart. And that was before he gave me zombies. Benji is an innocent nerd sucked irrevocably into a bigger story, and it is this same subtle but lovable nerdiness that Pegg explores and delivers in his autobiography, Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid.  In detailing the particulars from his upbringing in rural England to starring in some of our generations’ funniest movies, Pegg makes it clear that his journey from boy to kid was simply unavoidable.