Simon Pegg has always been open about his love for Star Wars. He's voiced a couple of Star Wars animated spin-offs and his breakthrough series Spaced referenced Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Pegg has also worked with director J.J. Abrams on Mission: Impossible and Star Trek films, so many speculated that he would be a part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now one of the two helicopter pilots hired by Abrams to help shoot aerial scenes in Abu Dhabi has revealed that he spotted Pegg on the set. Andy Nettleton discussed his experience witnessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an interview with The National.
Nettleton said, "We sat on the next table to JJ Abrams and Simon Pegg. I was standing at the salad counter getting my lettuce and cucumber, and Simon Pegg was standing next to me. It’s a strange experience – they look like normal human beings then in the movies they’re put under this spotlight."
Pegg being in London is not a big secret; the actor talked about it at Comic-Con last July: "Of course I visited the set. It’s amazing, and I love Star Wars. I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie."
But this is the first confirmation that Pegg was on the Abu Dhabi set. When Pegg was previously asked if he's involved in the film, he kept denying his involvement on camera, saying, "Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, ‘Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face.’"
The security around the Star Wars sets was tight, so who knows? Maybe Pegg will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here's a Star Wars parody video with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: