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Simon Pegg regrets turning down role in Quentin Tarantino movie

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Simon Pegg regrets turning down the chance to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

The 50-year-old actor was signed up to voice bumbling police detective Thompson in Steven Spielberg's animated epic The Adventures of Tintin when he was offered a role in Tarantino's bloody war drama Inglourious Basterds.

"I have been cast in a Quentin movie before, but I had to drop out because I made a commitment to something else," he told the Radio Times, confessing that it was a decision he has come to regret. "It was a heart-breaking week because I had to make a choice between Tarantino and Steven Spielberg (for The Adventures of Tintin).”

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Spielberg's long-awaited Tintin movie was subject to numerous delays, and was due to begin production in 2008, but was delayed to 2011 when bosses at Universal Pictures opted out of producing the film with Paramount Pictures, leaving the project in the lurch.

Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which also starred Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his performance as sadistic SS officer Hans Landa, began filming in 2008, and was released one year later.

Pegg also touched upon the rumour that the role he turned down was in fact that of Lieutenant Archie Hicox, which eventually went to Michael Fassbender.

“I’m not going to say,” the Hot Fuzz star laughed. “But the person who did end up playing is a far better actor than me!”

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