Christian Conte

"Ready Player One" Star Simon Pegg Bumped into Freddy Krueger in the Club

March 30, 2018 - 12:27 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- We may not be able to travel to the OASIS in real life, but actor Simon Pegg got about as close as you can to living in the virtual reality world created by director Steven Spielberg.

Pegg joined Rebecca Granet on "The Trend" to discuss his latest role as Ogden Morrow, the co creator of the OASIS. But filming in a virtual world means having to be a part of one, which was something Spielberg was able to accomplish with the help of modern technology. 

"We were able to see where we were by putting on VR helmets and we could see the sets we were in", Pegg said. "We could walk around the OASIS."

But that wasn't the only fun perk of working on set. 

"I went to the Distracted Globe and had a dance and everything. It was extraordinary. I like bumped into Freddy Krueger in the club and it was weird and brilliant."   

And though Ready Player One may be new to moviegoers, it's a story that Pegg has been familiar with for awhile. 

"I had read the book. It was given to me when it came out in 2011 because in the book they make mention of the sitcom that I created with Jessica Hines and Edgar Wright in the late 90's in the UK. There's a moment in the book when Parzival and H spend the evening watching episodes of Spaced. And someone said oh, they mention you in this book. So I read it because I'm a narcissist, obviously. And then I got call that said Steven Spielberg wants to talk to you, which is always an exciting call to get. And then it was about this. So it felt like, ok I know this book. This feels like Manifest Destiny. It's my favorite director, it's a book I know and liked. Why not say yes?"   

That yes teamed him with co stars Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, who play Parzival and Art3mis, two avatars in search of three hidden keys spread out across the OASIS. Together they help move the story forward while looking into the past for guidance. Ready Player One is filled with Easter eggs, nostalgia and a soundtrack featuring classic hits from the '70s and '80s. 

So what was it like working with Spielberg on set? 

"Sometimes when he's happy with a take he'll do a little dance. Like, a little kick of the leg. It's the best validation you can ever get. And he'll go, that's in the movie. You couldn't be more happy with that. When Steven Spielberg does a little dance and affirms you, I'm blushing thinking about it."

You can watch the full interview above and find out what comedic actor Pegg would love to team up with. Hint: That's what she said.