Simon Pegg gets serious while promoting Hector and The Search For Happiness

Perhaps best known for his comedies Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The End of the World, Simon Pegg stopped by “The Jolt” With Larry Flick to promote his new film, Hector and The Search for Happiness, a slight deviation from his usual parody fare. The film revolves around protagonist Hector, a psychiatrist who has become increasingly fed up with his monotonous lifestyle, even though he “seemingly has everything,” says Pegg. The actor urges audiences why the film should not only be viewed by all, but especially with a core group of friends: “The feeling in the room afterwards is so positive and so infectious … People come out and they’re either crying or they’re smiling, it’s a lovely, lovely thing!”

During the interview, Pegg discusses how the more-open Americans are starting to be as jaded as the British. “I’m always impressed with how open Americans can be,” he said, observing how that is changing with so much volatility in the world.

All that volatility, Pegg says, which is making it hard to be optimistic about the future. “I have a 5 year old daughter and I fear for her,” he said.

Like his character in the movie, Pegg too is familiar with depression. Looking back at a period when he seemed to have everything he could want, but was still depressed, he noted how one does not exclude the other. “People see depression as a mood–Oh cheer up!’ It’s so not that.”

“It’s such a feel good movie!” And Larry is quick to agree.

He goes on to talk about Hector’s development in the movie, and how often our physical comfort does not add up to peace of mind. “Our struggle isn’t for survival but what phone am I going to get next?”

And finally, his thoughts on the late Robin Williams, and how anyone really, even the happiest of people are susceptible to depression. “The reader of US Weekly would say ‘but he has everything! Surely he must be happy.’ But he clearly wasn’t and it’s an indication that sadness and depression can affect anybody.”

Hector and The Search For Happiness is in theaters today.

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