Simon Pegg is a little irritated by all the STAR TREK 2 Khan rumors
Among sci-fi nerds, it's a fairly agreed-upon opinion that J.J. Abrams' reboot of the STAR TREK franchise in 2009 was a well done, perhaps even great, return to Gene Roddenberry's beloved brainchild. The cast was great, the effects spectacular, and the plot... serviceable. The only widespread complaint about the 2009 film was that the villain Nero, played as well as to be expected by Eric Bana, was a bit too white bread and run-of-the-mill to pose a real challenge for the Enterprise crew.
And with that complaint has come speculation that Abrams will pull out the big guns for STAR TREK 2 (title pending) when it comes to the antagonist. What bigger gun in the pantheon of ST villains than Khan Noonien Singh, prince of Earth, catalyst of the Eugenics Wars, owner of those creepy slug thingies that make you do bad stuff? Chatter amongst fanboys has steadily risen since 2009 that Khan could be, might be, will probably be, will definitely be ST2's meanie. Abrams has denied such talk from the beginning and now you can add Simon Pegg (Enterprise Chief Engineer Scotty) to the list of deniers. And Mr. Pegg has minced no words on the subject.
In a lengthy interview with The Telegraph, Pegg was recently asked about Benedict Cumberbatch's role as ST2's unnamed villain. The HOT FUZZ star was understandably tight-lipped on the subject, but offered this vague praise of Cumberbatch's work:
"[He's] not just another disgruntled alien. It's a really interesting sort of... thing."
Not exactly the scoop of the century, apart from Pegg appearing to create space between Cumberbatch's mystery role in ST2 and Eric Bana's Nero in the initial film. But Pegg goes further when a mention of the Khan rumors is made:
"It's not Khan. That's a myth. Everyone is saying it is, but it's not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me. It's beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It just spoils the film. It masquerades as interest in the movie, but really it's just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say 'Oh f**k off! Wait for the film!'"
It's easy enough for a star to coyly deny wild internet gossip, just to wink at the public when such gossip turns out to be true, but Pegg is a working class hero in the eyes of fanboys and certainly lacks a reputation for disingenuous behavior. That, combined with The Telegraph's direct observation that Pegg was "annoyed" at the mention of Khan rumors, leads one to believe that there might be a lot of truth to the possibility that Khan will be nowhere near the screen when the curtain rises on STAR TREK 2. As with most major movie releases, we probably won't know for sure until its debut. The film is slated for a May 17, 2013 wide release.
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