The character of Wee Hughie in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s comics series The Boys was modeled on Simon Pegg, at least in terms of facial features and ginger beard, and he knows it. In fact, it was Rich who broke it to him in the first place.
So, as the comic started on its way to the screen, with Anchorman director Adam McKay getting ready to direct and setting about a screenplay adaptation, everybody anticipated Pegg would be in the frame to take the role. Then McKay locked it down, saying it was Pegg or bust:
He’s got to do it. It has to be.
But Pegg has considered himself too old for the role for sometime, even tweeting to that effect in 2009.
Over two years later, he’s thinking the same thing (that’s the thing about aging, I suppose). Speaking to MTV, Pegg said:
I have [read the script], it’s really good. I’d love to do it, if it came about. My fear is that I’m too old to play Wee Hughie, now. But you know, obviously, the character was drawn, at least, around my face.
If it’s only a fear, that’s one thing, if it’s a decision to decline, that’s very much another. But it does sound like he’d accept the role, if we take his comments on face value.
The real news here, I suppose, is that the screenplay was finished and sent to Pegg. There’s no indication when this happened, but I guess we should be hoping it was recently, so that the project might still have some forward momentum.
Judging from previous comments by Garth Ennis, The Boys could be heading into its last year or two before wrapping up. I wonder what section of the overall arc provides the basis for McKay’s screenplay? Or, indeed, how faithful his adaptation is?
Pegg’s not getting any younger, nebulous conceptual Hollywood. Pull your nebulous conceptual finger out.