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Is Simon Pegg a hypocrite?

August 22nd, 2013 by bash 8 Comments

Simon Pegg recently let fans who attended the official Star Trek convention at the Rio in Las Vegas know exactly what he thinks of them.

Speaking to the Huffington Post after attendees at the convention ranked Into Darkness as the worst Trek movie ever, he said: “It absolutely isn’t the worst ‘Star Trek’ movie, it’s asinine, you know? It’s ridiculous. And frustrating. To be subject to that level of sort of, like, crass f—ing ire, I just say f— you.

“I think it’s like when you tire of an indie band that you love because, suddenly, they get a number one single. You don’t necessarily start disliking their music, but you stop liking them because you’re pissed off that they’re famous.”

Ofcourse, this is the same ‘fan’ who slagged off George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels.

A few years back while doing the rounds for the release of ‘Tintin’, he was asked what he thought of the changes the creator made to the original films as well as his thoughts on the prequels.

“I haven’t bought them to be honest because I’m only interested in the first three and I don’t want to see them all ruined,” he said.

Ruined you say Mr Pegg? Well, true Star Wars fans may have faults with the prequels but we love them just as much.

For us fans of a galaxy far, far away, we say stick to Trek!

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Hi all. I'm Bash and love anything and everything to do with Star Wars. Although I've watched hundreds of movies, read dozens of books and played numerous computer games from other genres and franchises since, nothing has come close to seeing George Lucas' epic for the very first time. I hope you all like the site and come back often.

  • Ronald Nicholls

    “Ruined you say Mr Pegg? Well, true Star Wars fans may have faults with the prequels but we love them just as much.” Lets be fair, I have yet to meet a star wars fan that doesn’t LOATHE the prequels.

    • Dels

      In all honesty, Revenge Of The Sith is the only Star Wars prequel that’s worth watching, the other 2 were shite. I think it’s unfair to call Pegg a hypocrite though. Also, I thought ‘Into Darkness’ was an awesome movie!

      • Ronald Nicholls

        Funny thing. I have two obsessive “Trek” fans. Obsessive as in have all the merch, own every incarnation of it, and the absolutely loved Into Darkness.

  • Robert Rivera

    I don’t think he’s an idiot or a hypocrite. For starters, he never said he wouldn’t defend “Star Trek Into Darkness” from fringe attacks, which is what this seems to be about. Most reviews & online chatter about it were pretty glowing, from devoted fans & the general public alike. He sounds like he’s pissed at the usual vocal, butthurt minority that refuses to accept any change to their beloved franchise & devotes their waking hours to making sure every corner of the Internet knows of their displeasure.

    Second, saying that true Star Wars fans love the prequels regardless of any fault with them is a misnomer at best and both a No True Scotsman fallacy & an attempt to subtly shame people into taking 1 side of an argument at worst. Fans love quality, period, and the fans that’ve said they enjoy the prequels are in the minority, and it’s an even smaller group that can say so without making some kind of excuse like, “Well, they were made for kids, so it doesn’t matter if the acting sucks”. Had the Star Wars prequels been good movies – which, by just about every objective indicator, including one Mr. Plinkett, they were not – then I’m sure Simon Pegg would’ve been delighted to add them to his collection, as would we all.

  • Patrick

    If one is going to insist on a ‘true’ fan/’untrue’ fan dichotomy, then I’d be inclined to say that Simon Pegg – who actually takes the films and television shows on their merits, isn’t afraid to be critical of what he believes doesn’t work and, yes, cares a lot – is closer to a ‘true fan’ than the writer of this article.
    It’s something I’ve noticed about the general tenor of pro-prequels discussion online. It’s the curious mixture of defensiveness and a really unwarranted superiority complex that really bugs me.

  • CJ Wheeler

    Hi. Trek fan first, Wars fan second. I just happened upon them in that order. Like them both equally.

    Watched Star Trek Into Darkness again last night with mates, somewhat providently, and we thought Pegg was the worst thing in it. I liked him in the previous one though. Maybe he just feels a bit fed up of being played for laughs and getting Jar Jar’d by fans?

    Into Darkness failed as a film, IMO, because it added nothing to Trek. It recycled Wrath of Khan and Space Seed, bastardised the lines from one of the defining scenes in the series’ history, didn’t pay off with the supposedly shock ending… but started in an exciting way, had a (generally) great cast and brilliant effects work. I reviewed it fully here if anyone’s interested:

    The movie got too personal and political though, turning in on itself. Trek is about hope for humanity’s future, with blowing things up playing second fiddle. It doesn’t seem like they’re going for that in the rebooted movies.

    Oh, and to anyone who doesn’t agree — that’s cool. It’s just my opinion. I like Trek and Wars for the reasons I’ve always liked them. It doesn’t really bother me if other people take different things away from them or only liked certain movies shown in a particular order. Live long and prosper, and may the force be with you.

  • Geraint Wyn Jones

    I find an actor talking abotu fans so honestly to be quite refreshing.
    Simon Pegg is right about Star Trek; Into Darknes not being the worst Trek film. Also, this thing about “true fans”. Who are you to call anyone a true fan? I’m glad I’m only a casual Star Wars watcher, because if being a tre fan meant loving the slop Lucas has served up since the late 90s, I’d be hugely depresed.

  • Michael85

    Simon Pegg is a hypocrite and the prequels sucks. You only like them for action.

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