A Fantastic Fear of Everything


Thanks to his work with director Edgar Wright on things like the UK series Spaced, the zombie apocalypse parody Shaun of the Dead, and their love letter to 90s-era action movies, Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg has been an actor who the film geek community have seen as one of their own for quite a while, and after getting to do things like repeatedly play the tech-oriented sidekick in a big secret agent series thanks to the Mission: Impossible movies and fly on the Starship Enterprise thanks to his casting as Scotty in the Star Trek reboots, his nerd credentials have only grown over time. Recently there’s been some indication that Pegg is an even stronger actor than we’ve probably been giving him credit for up until this point though. We’ve known since the beginning that he’s funny, and we’ve known that he can be manic and lovable, but recent work has seen the guy showing off a range that’s impressive past funny and lovable. He really brought the pathos to his Gary King character in The World’s End in a way we’ve never seen from him before, and he’s been period-acting circles around everyone else on that new Frank Darabont gangster show, Mob City.



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There isn’t much about Simon Pegg’s latest starring vehicle, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, that doesn’t seem completely cool. It gives Pegg an opportunity to chew some scenery, seeing as he stars as a man who is almost constantly plagued by fears. It comes from an original script shot on a very modest budget, so you won’t have to sit through months and months of promotion that eventually make you sick of hearing about it. And it’s the writing and directing debut of Crispian Mills, formerly of the band Kula Shaker. This is the sort of intriguing project that should be able to sell a film fan instantly. But now that Pegg has tweeted the first trailer, feelings about the film are sure to go from intrigue to enthusiasm. A Fantastic Fear of Everything seems to be a raucous comedy about a man in over his head. A former children’s author is trying to get into crime novels, and seeing as he’s naturally paralyzed by paranoia, the research is enough to drive him batty. But it definitely doesn’t look like comedy is all the movie does. There’s also some indication that Pegg’s character is facing some real struggles, and is trying to grow as a person. He’s worried that his career has stalled out, he’s trying to overcome the neuroses that keep him from having a normal life, and despite the fact that he’s sporting some ridiculous flowing locks and a shabby beard, it still seems like it all plays […]


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Nerd do well Simon Pegg has got a lot going for him these days. He wrote a book that’s flying off the charts, he’s got a big franchise under his belt in Star Trek, he continues to get to write the kinds of movies that interest him, and a bajillion other acting jobs keep coming his way. Not bad for a little pasty dude from the UK. However, never one to let his nerd-cred expire, Pegg has lined up a new role that geeks all over the planet should find cool for several reasons. First off, despite the fact that Pegg is generally in huge movies these days his next project, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, is going to be a very small film that reportedly will cost under $4.9 million to make. Secondly, this dark take on a children’s author making the transition to crime novels has been written and will be co-directed by Crispian Mills, former frontman of the indie band Kula Shaker. There’s another 10 cool points right there. But that’s not the kicker, what makes this project sound interesting is the plot synopsis, which is pretty unique, and which instantly gets me picturing Pegg playing the role.

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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