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Twenty (one) questions for Simon Pegg and Tess Morris

A meet-cute and awkward romantic beginnings make Man Up a sweet, funny and relatable romcom. Standard Issue caught up with writer Tess Morris and star Simon Pegg.

Simon Pegg and Tess Morris on a bed

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on a date?

Tess Morris: I better not tell the whole story but… I cried at the end and then apologised for crying whilst still crying. This was actually under the clock at Waterloo and I then got on a train and texted him to apologise again for crying – while STILL crying!

And the best thing?

Simon Pegg: I met my wife.

TM: I didn’t meet my wife, sadly.

Man Up’s all about being yourself: and how hard that can be. Do you remember what it felt like when it clicked with you that yourself was the best thing to be? Was there anything that sparked the realisation?

SP: Hmm, yourself isn’t always the best thing to be, though. Sometimes you just have to eat an apple. *munches an apple*

TM: I think writing this script helped me; I realised I could be honest and just be myself and people found me funny… well, not always but sometimes.

“I worry people decide about dates too quickly. You could left-swipe someone in an instant and it could have been the perfect person for you.”

Why do you think people love a romcom so much?

SP: Because it’s about one of the most important things in our society and that’s the coming together of people – not necessarily men and women, but anybody. And it’s a situation that happens to us all at times so it’s good to be able to take a step back and laugh about it. It’s a relatable journey.

If you could create a perfect partner, Weird Science-style, what would they be like? 

TM/SP: [in unison] Kelly LeBrock!

Do you think Tinder and online dating has helped or hindered?

TM: Tinder is a hinder! Well, it’s good, but I worry people decide about dates too quickly. You could left-swipe someone in an instant and it could have been the perfect person for you.

When you’re not working, what else do you like to do?

SP: I like to hang out with my family.

TM: I hang out with my cats!

What’s been your proudest creative moment to date?

TM: [laughs] Working with Simon on Man Up!

What would you like to erase from your past?

TM: I would like to erase the time I got given a Valentine at school and I ripped it up in front of the whole class.

Man Up promo shotWhat brings you most joy?

TM: I’ve loved hearing people laughing and enjoying Man Up.

SP: For me, it’s macramé.

What makes you angry?

TM: People not laughing at Man Up!

SP: Macramé.

Who’s your biggest inspiration?

TM: Simon Pegg.

SP: Mother Teresa – or Tess Morris.

Have you ever met someone who makes you go weak at the knees?

TM: Tarantino makes me weak at the cinematic knees.

SP: My knee doctor.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? 

SP: Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!

TM: Hold your nerve!

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever given?

SP: Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!

If you could have any kind of pizza topping, what would it be?

SP: Must have olives and anchovies.

What’s your favourite photograph? (And can we see it, please?)

SP/TM: Today it’s this one.

[The main image for our piece: Tess and Simon on a bed during the press junket, recording this interview]

What can’t you live without?

SP and TM: Laughter.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

TM: My small feet!

Is there a book/play/poem/film you wish you’d written?

TM: Watership Down and When Harry Met Sally.

SP: Raising Arizona.

Which song could be used to soundtrack your life so far?

TM: Superman.

SP: Agadoo.

Man Up is on general UK release now.

Make up artist, Heather B was supposed to be writing a film review for us, but was moved to write this for Standard Issue after seeing (and loving) it.

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