Simon Pegg Admits Public Response To His Shocking Body Transformation Was 'So Weird'

Simon Pegg has admitted he found the furore over his shocking new look “weird”.

The British actor caused quite a stir back in March when he shared a photo of his new physique, after getting completely shredded for an upcoming role in the thriller Inheritance.

However, in an interview with GQ Hype, Simon revealed he found the response to his body transformation a little on the strange side.

The response from that picture was so weird,” he said. “Some people said, ‘you look ill’, which is what my wife thought. Others were saying, ‘well done’.

“And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed. All I can think of is that people still think of me as that schlubby guy from Shaun Of The Dead.”

Simon worked closely with personal trainer Nick Lower to help him lose 9kg in the space of six months, lowering his body fat from 12% to 8%.

“The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean,” Nick wrote when he first shared the photo in March. “It required a specific body shape & look… 6 months of hard work has paid off and I tip my hat to you sir.”

Simon later tweeted that the intense regime had led to “occasional mild grumpiness” on his part.

Simon Pegg in 2017 (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson via Getty Images)

It was announced last year that Simon had landed the role in Inheritance, with Kate Mara co-starring and Vaughn Stein on directing duties.

Little is known of the film so far, or why it requires Simon to be quite so lean, but Variety reports that it tells the story of a wealthy father who dies, leaving his wife and daughter with a “shocking secret inheritance that threatens to… destroy their lives”.

Sounds intense.

This year, Simon also starred in Lost Transmissions, an indie drama about a man who has schizophrenia.


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Charlize Theron, 2004

Holding her Best Actress statue for her role in "Monster."

Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" (2011)

Streep has been nominated more than any actor ever for both the Oscars and the Golden Globes -- 18 times and 28 times respectively -- so we're used to seeing her take on a variety of roles. In 2011, she transformed into "The Iron Lady" herself, Margaret Thatcher, and gave an Oscar-winning performance.

Meryl Streep 2012

Showing off her award for Best Actress at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs" (2011)

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Glenn Close, 2012

Walking the red carpet at the 84th annual Academy Awards show, where she was nominated for her role in "Albert Nobbs."

Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" (1999)

Hilary Swank transformed into Brandon Teena -- the real-life transgender man the film was about -- and won the Best Actress statue for her moving portrayal.

Hilary Swank, 2000

The actress posing with her Oscar after winning for her role in "Boys Don't Cry."

Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)

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Jared Leto, 2014

Jared Leto holding his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Mariah Carey, "Precious" (2009)

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Mariah Carey, 2010

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Javier Bardem, "No Country For Old Men" (2007)

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Javier Bardem, 2008

Javier holding up his Oscar for Best Actor after winning for his role in "No Country For Old Men."

Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012)

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Heath Ledger, 2006

Heath Ledger in 2006.

Rooney Mara, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (2011)

Rooney Mara's turn as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was definitely a career booster for the young actress. It was her first major role and it landed her an Oscar nom for Best Actress. Once she chopped her hair, dyed it black, bleached her brows, and got some new piercings, it was hard not to notice Rooney. 

Rooney Mara, 2012

Rooney on the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards show where she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

Gwyneth Paltrow, "Shakespeare In Love" (1998)

Gwyneth Paltrow is yet another actress who won an Oscar for a role in which she posed as a male. Gwynnie jumped back and forth between male and female throughout the film, which added to the impressive role, but it was the moustache that sold it for us. (We're sure that's why she won!)

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

Gwyneth holding her statue after winning Best Actress for "Shakespeare In Love" at the 71st Academy Awards.

Christian Bale, "The Fighter" (2010)

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Christian Bale, 2011

Christian Bale holds his Oscar statue after winning for his role in "The Fighter."

Melissa Leo, "The Fighter" (2010)

When Melissa Leo appeared in "The Fighter" she looked like a completely different person -- that over-bleached and puffy hair really made her character. The actress won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and was so surprised that she dropped the F-bomb during her acceptance speech.

Melissa Leo, 2011

Holding her award for Best Supporting Actress after winning for her role in "The Fighter."

Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose" (2007)

What a difference changing your eyebrows makes, right? Marion was almost unrecognizable as French singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose." She won the award for Best Actress, which helped make her a household name. And she also happened to be wearing one of the best dresses of the night (Gaultier!).

Marion Cotillard, 2008

Marion posing with her gold statue after winning Best Actress for her role as Edith Piaf "La Vie En Rose."

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