Simon Pegg is doing the rounds for his latest film, The World’s End, which concludes a trilogy he and his buddies Edgar Wright and Nick Frost have put over a decade into. But while the mood has been light and reflective, Pegg has just about had enough of hearing how bad Star Trek fans think Star Trek: Into Darkness is.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Pegg — who plays Scotty in the Abrams reboots — dropped the upbeat mood to extend a middle finger to Trekkies bashing J.J. Abrams latest installment in the rebooted Star Trek franchise.
…you know what … it absolutely isn’t the worst ‘Star Trek’ movie. It’s asinine, you know? It’s ridiculous. And frustrating, as well, because a lot of hard work and love went into that movie, and all J.J. wanted to do was make a film that people really enjoyed. So, to be subject to that level of sort of, like, crass f–king ire, I just say f–k you.
The interview was conducted by Huffington Post journalist Mike Ryan who was able to prod a little more out of Pegg, who remains starkly loyal to the film he helped create, a film he points out is the most successful Star Trek film to have ever been produced.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is the most successful ‘Star Trek’ movie ever made. It is, in terms of what it took at the box office and how many people went to see it. More people saw that film than any iteration of ‘Star Trek’ that existed before. That is probably slightly annoying to some ‘Star Trek’ fans — which I totally understand.”
Pegg doesn’t hate all Star Trek fans but he’s not about to roll over on a film he takes pride in just because it upsets a few basement dwellers angry over the commercial success of a franchise they love. Still, Pegg has a point when says he understands that Trekkies may be upset with the commercial success of the film as it’s something that has scared away talents like Neill Bloomkamp from putting work into a big budget studio picture.
Star Trek: Into Darkness is a film that will be debated for a long while by Trekkies everywhere but if you ask Simon Pegg which side of the aisle he lands on, he’s made his feelings abundantly clear.