Apple TV+s Luck follows an 18-year-old orphan named Sam Greenfield, who is likely to be the most unluckiest person in the world. The young woman quickly realizes that the penny is bringing her a string of good fortune. She accidentally flushes it down the toilet.
Sam discovers a world where animals are forbidden, and she embarks on a quest to find another lucky penny, with the help of the talking black cat, Bob. The film, directed by Peggy Holmes, is filled with twists and turns and hearty laughs, as well as an all-star cast that includes Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, and Colin ODonoghue.
Simon Pegg, who plays Sam's partner-in-crime Bob in Game Rant, has had the opportunity to chat with him. Pegg has previously portrayed Buck in three Ice Age films, The Chamberlain in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and made guest appearances in episodes of Robot Chicken, Phineas and Ferb, and Archer.
Pegg was enthralled with the whole process of explaining Bob and the notion of the Land of Luck. I found that very interesting. I love the idea that there is a magical, intricate world of bad luck and good luck, which is basically a admin location.
Pegg continues, "It's like an office, which is quite mundane. Everyone goes to work, clocks their pennies, and does their jobs." I like the contrast between those two things. I especially loved that it was a story about a girl who had gone out of the foster care system, and the foundation for it all."
Do you consider yourself a lucky person in the Game Rant?
Simon Pegg: Yes and no. I think it's a complex topic. Luck is something that we choose for ourselves. I don't believe we can rely on some mythic force to shape our lives. We have to take responsibility for our own actions, and we have to convert our own opportunities.
Nevertheless, you would not be fortunate unless you had some bad luck, and I think that's one of the ideas that the film implies. You need both sides of the magical world, you need bad luck and good luck in order to appreciate what they are. So, the lovely thing about the characters is that they have all had a run of bad luck, and because of that, they really appreciate it.
GR: I thought it was quite funny that your character Bob is a black cat, which is a western representation of bad luck. How would you describe Bob and the journey he takes throughout this film?
Pegg: Well, in researching this film, we discovered that black cats in Scotland are considered lucky, but across the same landmass in England and other parts of the world they're considered unlucky. So, Bob has this peculiar situation that because of his ethnicity, he is supposedly good luck, but there's a lot more going on with Bob.
I really enjoy playing the subtleties in Bob's life, as well as the facade. I enjoy having to suppress a certain portion of a character, while simultaneously transmitting through the script. That was fun to play. I really enjoy Bob's story. It works so well with Sam's.
GR: What are some traits that you associate with Bob's duality?
Pegg: I know how it feels to not want to talk to anyone. I understand Bob's fear of not forming a relationship, but I think what this documentary teaches us about relationships is that when we recognize that he is only concerned about himself, his life changes for 1000 times.
GR: What are some skills you've learned from your previous roles that you're now able to apply to this role?
Pegg: I've played a few people who were tasked with a secret, and as an actor, it's a fun endeavor to accomplish that. In a strange way, playing Gary King in The World's Endhe was a guy who was tasked with a big secret, but there's something quite delicate, fragile, and vulnerable underneath.
GR: Who were you picturing as your audience when you were doing the voice work?
Pegg: I think all great animations and television shows that are aimed at youngsters have value for older people, too. This film is for grown-ups and children alike because there are lessons there that adults could learn from growing up.
GR: What are some of your favorite animated movies to watch?
Pegg: I'm a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films. I've seen a lot of them with my kid. Moreover, I've seen a lot of animations with a black cat before. They're very different from Western animation, and the conventions of Western animation are thrown out in Asian animation.
Luck is currently available on Apple TV+.