Simon Pegg is known for his comedic roles, but his next film will take a serious look at mental illness and the inadequacies of the U.S. mental health care system.
In “Lost Transmissions” Pegg portrays a record producer who lapses on medication for schizophrenia.
In the U.S., approximately 43.8 million adults experience mental illness and 1.1% of adults live with schizophrenia.
“Our lexicon is filled with words like ‘oh, they’re a bit mad,’ and ‘they’re a bit crazy,’ and the notion of it is banded around as, kind of, a—as an insult and a way of sort of marginalizing people,” Pegg explained. “Arguably, everybody suffers from [mental illness] to a degree.
In 2018, Pegg publicly opened up about his own battle with depression and alcoholism.
“I was depressed. I had always been susceptible to it,” he stated in Empire Magazine. “But at the same time as I started to ascend into what would conventionally be regarded as a success, I was going down.”
Pegg says he hopes the film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, encourages more people to check in on those in their own lives who might be struggling and sparks open conversations about mental illness.