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Simon Pegg still beaming to play Scotty in 'Star Trek'

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Simon Pegg says he wouldn’t want to play two of his memorable characters — Shaun, from “Shaun of the Dead” and Nicholas Angel from “Hot Fuzz” — again, but he could see himself growing old in the role of Montgomery Scott in the “Star Trek” franchise.

“I should be so lucky — I’m already growing old in it!” said the 43-year-old Pegg. “It’s funny to think that we might be playing this again and again. As long as the scripts are good and I’m given the opportunity, I would be a very lucky man to continue to play this character.”

“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits theaters Thursday, and Pegg said it takes place a few months after the first film. The crew has been on a few missions and is getting a feeling for the ship and that familial bond people expect from these characters.

And Scotty?

“He’s got his position that he wanted — he’s chief engineer on a very fancy new ship,” Pegg said.

And while there is no real Starship Enterprise, there is a real movie set. And it’s a big one.

“They built the largest-ever Enterprise set in any of the ‘Star Trek’ movies,” Pegg said. “It was essentially an interconnected series of corridors which led off the bridge to the [medical bay] and to engineering and to the transporter room.”

When he wasn’t running around the set shooting iPhone movies with co-star Zoe Saldana, Pegg said his favorite spot was a bridge that went over engineering, where you could look down at the warp core.

“Even though those elements were added later, you really got the sense that you were in the very heart of the ship,” he said. “It’s so real. [Director J.J. Abrams] is always at pains that we live in the environment, never that we’re not interacting with something real.”

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