Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams Explains Simon Pegg’s Involvement

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Speaking with EW, Abrams revealed that his friend  Simon Pegg was a very valuable collaborator on set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, aiding in the development of the story and lending a supporting (but constructively critical) hand in ironing out all the details:

“He was a sounding board. He would drop by the set because he wanted to, and when he could, he would help… We could talk about things, and he was a perfect combination of incredibly smart screenwriter, fan of the series, critical fan of the series, and friend of mine – but not just blindly supportive. He was an honest, critical friend. And he wasn’t so close to it that he became immune to things. He would come in with fresh eyes and very smart ideas. He’s one of a handful of people along the way that has been really priceless.”

source EW