All you have to do is stand in front of, or point at, a picture nowadays, and the Internet goes crazy with speculation. The World's End star Simon Pegg photographed himself visiting Marvel Studios this past week, and happened to pass a mural featuring Ant-Man. Since his friend is directing the movie (The World's End director Edgar Wright), he decided to point at the character, and within minutes, sites such as ours claimed that the British actor might be playing the part. Hey, it worked for Vin Diesel!
Simon Pegg has stepped forward to clarify the injustice that has been heaped upon him. Though, being a massive geek himself, he should have known this would happen. He confirms that he is 'NOT' playing Ant-Man, and that we should all grow up. (Am I wrong or is he the one playing with Thor's hammer? And he's telling us to grow up?)
About that infamous finger pointing, this is what Simon Pegg had to say.
"Oh, man, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe the amount of importance people placed on it. It seemed ridiculous to me. Even though it's a film that my best friend is making, there are far more important things to be tweeting about than me pointing at a painting. You know what it was? I was at Marvel doing a podcast and I had my picture taken with the Hulk and Thor. And then I was having my picture taken by the big mural and I was like, "There's Ant-Man!," because Edgar's doing Ant-Man. So, I pointed at it and the next thing I know, it's like "He's Ant-Man!" I mean, grow up!"
Simon continued, revealing that he does not wish to appear in every movie that his friend makes.
"Yeah, what's funny is that I read Edgar's script for Ant-Man and it's going to be great. I'm very excited about it and I can't wait. I love watching stuff that Edgar directs that I'm not in. I love watching Nick [Frost] because I can be a bit more objective about it. I'm not so invested in it personally...I can actually sit back and be a fan. Like, I love Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and I was so happy that film was so good because I was so proud of Edgar. And I'm very proud Edgar's going to be doing a Marvel movie and I can't wait to see it. I don't want to be in it, in a way, not that he'd want me to be in it, either, because we have to keep our different houses separate. I can't be in everything Edgar does. It would be a shame; our own little brand exists in a bubble we have to kind of protect. It would almost sully that."
"Yeah, it would be kind of weird. Not that he couldn't direct Star Trek, I'm sure he'd do a great job. He did shoot one shot in Star Trek Into Darkness. There's one shot, not a scene. It's like three seconds of some Klingon getting shot. He was on set and J.J. Abrams went, "Can you do that one?" I wasn't even on set that day."
Here are the infamous photos and tweets.
Fun at Marvel #3 pic.twitter.com/2hcVhG7695— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 15, 2013
"Fun at Marvel #3"
Fun at Marvel #2 pic.twitter.com/LzUgc1E6Zp— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 15, 2013
"Fun at Marvel #2"
Fun at Marvel #1 pic.twitter.com/ukvYjVDeuc— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 15, 2013
"Fun at Marvel #1"