Simon Pegg Back Peddles From That Whole F*ck You Star Trek Fans Thing

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Gary King!Simon Pegg is largely responsible for one of the best movies of the summer—though by the box office numbers, not nearly enough of you have gone to see The World’s End, which you should rectify immediately. He also managed to ruffle quite a few feathers recently when he issued a big “Fuck You” to Star Trek fans who voted Star Trek Into Darkness as the worst in the franchise. (It was actually beaten significantly by a non-Trek film, Galaxy Quest.) Now Pegg has tried to back peddle from his statement, or at least attempt to explain it away, but, in reality, makes himself look even worse.

Talking to Collider, Pegg had this to say:

Can I just please point out, following a few recent headlines of ‘Simon Pegg says ‘f– you’ to Star Trek fans,’ I was doorstepped by a journalist very early in the morning who told me that Into Darkness had been voted the worst in a poll.

That sounds reasonable, right? You get surprised by a reporter early in the morning, you haven’t had your coffee, you’re exhausted from doing a bunch of press for your new movie, and you’re feeling a little ambushed. It isn’t completely outside the realm of possibility that you let something slip, or that a flippant, offhand comment might be given a little bit more significance than you initially intend. That certainly appears to be the way Pegg is trying to spin his statement.

Here’s the problem, that’s not how it went down. The original rant appeared in the Huffington Post, and Mike Ryan, the journalist who spoke to Pegg, took exception to what sounds very much like a personal attack, and used Twitter to shed some light on the subject. Here’s what he has to offer on the topic:

In Pegg’s defense, I totally understand his reaction. It’s never easy when something you’ve poured your heart and soul into, something you’ve worked hard on for months at a time, meets with a negative reaction. It’s hard not to take a bad review personally. Still, fans have every right to feel dissatisfied with the movie, and conversely, Pegg has every right to tell them to fuck off if they didn’t like it. (Considering that it took in almost half a billion dollars worldwide, someone must have enjoyed the movie.)

I honestly have no problem with what he said. It’s a natural, instinctive reaction, and one that I actually appreciate. As fans we tend to take things way too serious some time. He could apologize if he wanted to, if he feels like he was misquoted or offended Trekkies, or he could own it. People will forgive and forget eventually, and no one will really give a shit. Accusing someone of ambushing him when that is clearly not the case is just a dick move and makes it feel like he’s trying to avoid taking any responsibility.

You should still go see The World’s End, though, it’s the best sci-fi movie of the summer.

In a grander, historical scheme, Into Darkness probably won’t hold up as the worst Star Trek film ever made. I’ll admit that I was disappointed by the movie, as were many other people. That’s most likely the reason it was voted last, because the poll was conducted this summer, and the film was so fresh in the fan consciousness. My guess is that, over time, the view on the most recent addition to the franchise will soften exponentially and it will fall somewhere in the middle of the pack, where it realistically belongs.


  1. Aengus Fallon says:

    Or maybe he realised that he came across as a smug asshole and wanted to limit the damage.

  2. Nathan Paul Kennedy says:

    The truth hurts huh?

  3. Jon_A_S says:

    Yeah, I got a bigger issue with him trying to backpedal this way, than I had with him telling people to f*ck off, which I kinda agreed with. Not like Pegg at all, this.

  4. kyzer says:

    or…god forbid….the journalist may be telling porkys?

  5. Gambriel β Carrizo says:

    In Pegg´s defense: Ryan is a douchebag who doesn´t get movies at all.

    • sdd says:

      Ryan is also a journalist so not getting movies is to be expected and the only douchebag here seems to be Simon Pegg.

  6. Bawk Bawkbagawk says:

    suddenly i dont feel at all bad about streaming “the world’s end”. go figure.

  7. zirtoc says:

    Simon was right the first time. No apology necessary.

  8. Technoangina says:

    Popularity does not equal longevity. Of course long time fans are upset that you shat all over their doorstep with a remake of WoK. The rabid fans are also the most likely to vote in polls. So what if you got a bad poll? Everyone has off days though. Star trek won’t be getting my money for the newest Star Trek, though I’ll probably pick it up when it makes it to the library. In the long term I think this will end up like most reboots, rebooted again and forgotten. I get it though, the short term profit always trumps ecosystem building nowadays.

  9. Ashley Duffield-Harding says:

    LOL at that last bit about Into Darkness probably not holding up as the worst Trek film!!! The only way that probably won’t hold up as the worst is if JJ Abrams makes another one, or if the first JJ film holds as the worst. People just don’t understand why so many fans hate the JJ Abrams rubbish! Slap another title on it and disconnect it from anything StarTrek related and its not so bad, but it’s meant to be a StarTrek film and it has absolutely nothing to do with StarTrek except for using character names and calling the ship The Enterprise. JJ Abrams has no clue what StarTrek is about and its extremely apparent in his films.

    Anyone that’s watched all the films and series and understood them will realize this immediately in JJ’s films and be extremely offended and those that call the true fans haters are the one’s that just watched the movie as it is and has absolutely no clue what StarTrek is.

    Take StarWars Episode 4 and rename it StarTrek Into Darkness and screen it. If I was someone who hadn’t watched any StarTrek and I watched that, I’d love it and be baffled why the fans hate it and probably call them haters, because its a great movie and my only complaint would probably be the lens flares. As a StarTrek fan, I’d be disgusted, noticing loads of things that just don’t fit into the StarTrek universe like lightsabres and hyperdrives and all that and I’d be horrified at the story since it has nothing to do with StarTrek. This is the difference in opinion and this is why Into Darkness and the previous film fails so hard (and probably the 3rd one unless someone heroic saves the franchise by prying it out of his unskilled hands before he fails a 3rd time).

  10. Doucheness says:

    I really enjoyed JJ’s take on S-Trek, come to think of it take into consideration a normal treky profile: Someone who’s been viewing since the 80’s, not used to alot of action on trek, but used to the kind of mind numbing mumbojumbo sci-fi rhetoric boring sh*t trek came with.
    Point being JJ’s take is not for that generation, it’s fresh action packed fast paced modern c.g.i.’d for younger people who hate what ST was in the 80’s and 90’s which was boring half-ass sci-fi, c’mon guys what is so interesting in a cloud nebula that has an inteligence and traps the enterprise, once in every 20 episode there would be a good one…some ep’s were really f’in stupid and a waste of time.
    If you don’t wanna be entertained then don’t come and watch, I for one think JJ is brilliant and did a bang-up job.