Simon Pegg Has Harsh Words for Genre Films
Thanks to movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek, Simon Pegg is a certified movie geek icon. However, some comments he made recently to Radio Times have landed him in hot water with his fans.
Talking about the current state of movies, Pegg expressed concern that there’s no longer an audience for the kinds of dramas (The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection) that dominated the box office in the ’60s and ’70s. “Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” he said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things: comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously.”
Elaborating on his position, he threatened to abandon his geeky ways altogether. “I sometimes feel like I miss grown-up things,” he added. “And I honestly thought the other day that I’m gonna retire from geekdom. I’ve become the poster child for that generation, and it’s not necessarily something I particularly want to be. I’d quite like to go off and do some serious acting.”
As you might expect, there was an immediate outcry from Pegg fans, who felt both insulted and abandoned by one of their favourite actors. In an effort to clarify his argument, Pegg released a lengthy follow-up statement, asserting that he’s “still a nerd and proud.” He underlined this with praise for Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Christopher Nolan, and Game of Thrones.
Still, most of his concerns remain, as he makes clear in his concluding thoughts. “It’s good to ask why we like this stuff, what makes it so alluring, so discussed, so sacred. Do we channel our passion and indignation into ephemera, rather than reality? Not just science fiction and fantasy, but gossip and talent shows and nostalgia and people’s arses. Is it right? Is it dangerous? Something to discuss over a game of 3D chess, perhaps. Speaking of which, I better climb aboard the old hypocropter and fly back to writing Star Trek Beyond.”