Simon Pegg is known for his goofy personality on screen as seen in characters like Shaun from Shaun of the Dead, Nicholas Angel in Hot Fuzz or any of the other number of characters he’s brought to life. But if you’re wondering why he’s so quick witted and hilarious on screen, it’s because he’s that way off it as well.
Evidence of this is seen in bonus footage seen likely on the Blu-Ray release of Star Trek: Into Darkness in which Pegg pranks his fellow actors into thinking they must wear a special ‘Neutron Cream’ to protect them while filming by lasers.
It’s not just anyone Pegg manages to prank either. As seen in the video taken of Pegg’s antics, the actor manages to dupe Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and the ever intellectual Benedict Cumberbatch.
The prank goes so far that Cumberbatch even signs a waiver without reading it properly, only to have it pointed out that the paper he’s signed is mocking him for being pranked by Pegg.
While the subject matter and tone of Star Trek: Into Darkness was much darker than the first installment of the J.J. Abrams series, the footage is proof that the set must have been a blast to work on and Pegg’s reputation for being one of the best actors to work with holds true.