One of the most vocal critics of the Star Wars prequels — and, not coincidentally, one of the original trilogy’s biggest celebrity fans — has always been Simon Pegg. He hates The Phantom Menace, and hasn’t been afraid to tell people, either in interviews or his biography, or in his work (specifically, I’m thinking of his delightful rant in Spaced season 2). Well, George Lucas either never heard about his distaste or he forgave him, because Pegg is about to join the Star Wars universe — he’ll be voicing bounty hunter and Johnny Cash-impersonator Dengar in a Clone Wars episode. Here’s a clip (with Dengar speaking!).
My first thought is, “Holy shit, so that’s what Dengar sounds like.” (What? He didn’t have any lines in Empire, and I’m a Star Wars nerd). My second thought is, “Goddammit, Pegg is now part of Star Wars and Star Trek, like George Takei.” My third thought is, “If George Lucas can forgive Simon Pegg, does that mean he could possibly forgive a sad nerd blogger like myself for all the shit I’ve given him over the years? Just in case it is, maybe I shouldn’t mention how goofy I find it that Asajj Ventress is apparently hanging out with Boba Fett and Dengar.” (Via IGN)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.