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Nerd's Nerd Simon Pegg Renounces Geekdom, Rips on Comic Book Films

Talk about dumping where you eat. Actor Simon Pegg, who has built a successful career on genre film and geek cred, has suddenly decided that he’s above it all. The Telegraph reports:

… he told Radio Times: …“Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously!

“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues.”

“Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about… whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk had a fight with a robot.”

Pegg, by the way, helped write the forthcoming third film the the rebooted Star Trek franchise, where he will reprise his role as chief engineer Montgomery Scott. He’s also rumored to have a cameo in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year. It’s unclear how these gigs fit with Pegg’s new found philosophy toward “very childish things.” Perhaps that irony informed Pegg’s recent “clarification” referenced in the clip above.