He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
The great British actor came in to Classic FM and told us why he's super excited for the new Star Wars film, his passion for movie music – and what it was like to work with the legendary Pythons for his new film ‘Absolutely Anything’. We've picked out some of the highlights for you to watch below…
Simon Pegg, an actor best known for his roles in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Star Trek Into Darkness, made a visit to Classic FM and spoke to Anne-Marie Minhall for Charlotte Green's Culture Club – to be broadcast this Sunday 16 August. Here’s what we learned:
1. Simon is at least as excited as we are about the new Star Wars film.
"To see those characters come back is exciting"
YES SO MUCH THIS, SIMON.
Simon Pegg is looking forward to Star Wars… He is almost as excited as we are 00:25
Simon Pegg is looking forward to Star Wars…
He is almost as excited as we are
2. Simon Pegg is a huge movie music fan
“More than 50% of a film’s effect is down to the soundtrack,” says Simon.
Simon Pegg on movie music
The brilliant actor talks to Anne-Marie about the importance of a good soundtrack
3. Working with Terry Jones was a joy
“I had so many early baths”
(Also: worth watching for Simon’s spot-on Terry Jones impression)
Simon Pegg on working with Terry Jones
What was it like to work with this film legend?
4. But Terry might expect too much of his non-human actors
“He’s a dog, Terry!” Here's Simon on working with 'Mojo' the dog:
Simon Pegg on working with Mojo the dog
Sometimes working with animals isn't all bad…
5. Robin Williams nailed it as Dennis the dog in Absolutely Anything
"He decided to play him as a 16-year-old boy"
Simon Pegg on Robin Williams Simon talks to Anne-Marie about working with the great Robin Williams 00:41
Simon Pegg on Robin Williams
Simon talks to Anne-Marie about working with the great Robin Williams
If you want to hear the whole interview, tune in to Charlotte Green’s Culture Club this Sunday from 3pm – this week presented by Anne-Marie Minhall.