Simon Pegg: Comic Book, Sci-Fi Movies Are ‘Dumbing Down’ Industry

It looks like Simon Pegg won’t be starring in a comic book movie any time soon.

The actor told the Radio Times that sci-fi, genre, comic book and superhero films are “dumbing down” the industry.

Pegg, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and currently co-writing “Star Trek 2,” said audiences are becoming “infantilised” by “consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes” instead of the gritty art movies.

“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues,” he said. “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 just had a fight with a robot.”

Although he’ll star in the upcoming “Star Trek 3,” Pegg said he’s considering departing from “geekdom.”

“But I sometimes feel like I miss grown-up things,” he told the magazine. “And I honestly thought the other day that I’m gonna retire from geekdom. I’ve become the poster child for that generation, and it’s not necessarily something I particularly want to be. I’d quite like to go off and do some serious acting.”

Pegg clarified his comments on his blog on Tuesday.

“Now, maybe I was being a little bit trollish, I can be a bit of a Contrary Mary in interviews sometimes,” he wrote. “When you do lots of them, you get sick of your own opinions and start espousing other people’s.”

“The point of all this is just to get my position clear. I’m not out of the fold, my passions and preoccupations remain. Sometimes it’s good to look at the state of the union and make sure we’re getting the best we can get.”

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