Simon Pegg Has Harsh Words for Critical Trekkies
Simon Pegg in Star Trek Into Darkness (Photo: Paramount)
Everyone knows it's probably best to not get Scotty all riled up.
Simon Pegg, who plays Enterprise engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in the new "Star Trek" films, was pretty upset when he heard about the latest Trek movie, "Star Trek Into Darkness," being voted the worst entry in the series at a recent convention.
The annual Star Trek convention, hosted by Creation Entertainment, was held in Las Vegas earlier this month. Attendees ranked all of the "Star Trek" films (and at least one non-"Star Trek" film) from worst to best, with this summer's sequel ending up at the bottom of the barrel at No. 13.
Yes, apparently hardcore Trekkies — or at least the ones who could make it to Las Vegas this year — consider "Star Trek Into Darkness," which currently holds an 87 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and made over $454 million in worldwide box office (a franchise best), to be worse than the much-reviled "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989).
Not surprisingly, Pegg gave it all he's got in response when he was told the news during a recent interview with Huffington Post.
"It absolutely isn't the worst 'Star Trek' movie," said Abrams. "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. [Abrams] wanted to do was make a film that people really enjoyed. So, to be subject to that level of sort of, like, crass f---ing ire, I just say f--- you."
Pegg also channeled Spock and offered a logical explanation as to why Trekkies might not have been so taken with the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi series.
"There's a faction within the 'Star Trek' community of kind of like, 'Well, I don't want to watch anything anymore,' said Pegg. "Which is fine. And, absolutely, they are entitled to that. You know, it's not for them, really. It's kind of for everyone."
And it's the mainstream appeal of "Star Trek Into Darkness" that might be what's bothering the hardcore fans.
"'Star Trek Into Darkness' is the most successful 'Star Trek' movie ever made," said Pegg. "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."
"Star Trek Into Darkness" was released digitally this week and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 10. Meanwhile, Simon Pegg's new comedy, "The World's End," opens on Friday.
Watch Chris Pine and Simon Pegg run up the walls as the Enterprise falls: