The Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Star Trek star caught geek grief when he lamented that sci-fi and superhero films are “dumbing down” cinema. Read his defense in full.
Simon Pegg stars as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. In 1999, he created, starred in, and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. Pegg co-wrote (with Spaced director Edgar Wright) and starred in the "romantic zombie comedy" film (or "RomZomCom") Shaun of the Dead. He and Spaced co-star Nick Frost starred in 2007’s Hot Fuzz (which Pegg co-wrote with Wright) and 2011’s Paul (co-written with Frost). Pegg’s other credits include Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible III, The Good Night, Run, Fat Boy, Run, the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, 24 Hour Party People, The Adventures of Tintin, and Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He has also made numerous guest appearances on television series as varied as Doctor Who, Black Books, Brass Eye Special, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Robot Chicken, and I'm Alan Partridge. Following the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Pegg will next be seen in this autumn’s feature The World’s End, which will reunite him with Frost and Wright.
Simon Pegg plays Scotty in Star Trek Into Darkness—out in theaters May 16. He talks about his first experiences with the show as a child, working with J.J. Abrams, and more.