Simon Pegg, one of the stars of the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Star Trek alum, has provided his thoughts on toxic fandom.
Toxic fans have been in the news quite a lot of late, particularly pertaining to the two latest Star Wars films. Simon Pegg has been a part of some major franchises in his time, particularly Mission: Impossible and Star Trek but says that at least with Mission: Impossible he’s stayed clear of such fans:
Speaking to Comic Book Movie, Pegg said: “I’ve never experienced it with Mission: Impossible fans and I think it’s because Mission: Impossible doesn’t really have those schisms within its fanbase. I don’t think it has a fanbase in that same respect that comic book movies and science fiction does. I think maybe it’s not susceptible or vulnerable to that kind of divisiveness.”
In any case, Pegg also commented that toxic fans just aren’t worth worrying about: “I don’t think it’s important really. This is a job and you just do it and hope that you can do it again. I think the minute you start engaging with that sort of stuff, it’s just a waste of time…and life!”
Regarding fans of Star Trek, Pegg said: “The thing with Beyond, I think the time is sort of born that out in terms of its popularity and the constant feedback I get from the Star Trek community, which seems very grateful, and that’s who we… ‘Cause I felt they were done a slight disservice, maybe, with Into Darkness, ’cause it was quite… It was divisive, I think. And so [co-writer Doug Jung] and I tried to sort of pull it back to almost a giant episode was our agreement that we came up with.”
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The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout sees Tom Cruise joined by returning stars Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris and Michelle Monaghan, along with new additions Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Sian Brooke (Sherlock), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Vanessa Kirby (The Crown). It is set for release on July 27th, 2018.