19/05/2015 15:01 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 09:59 BST

Simon Pegg Clarifies His Comments, After Appearing To Criticise Science-Fiction Films For ‘Dumbing Down' Cinema

Simon Pegg has posted a new blog, after being heavily criticised for appearing to suggest that science-fiction films are responsible for “dumbing down” cinema.

READ MORE: See Simon Pegg's Comments In Full In His Blog On HuffPost UK Entertainment

Film fans took to Twitter in their droves to discuss a newly-published Simon Pegg interview, in which the actor criticises sci-fi, commenting that in the film world, “we’re essentially all consuming very childish things”.

Simon is currently co-writing the next 'Star Trek' film

In his blog, Simon then goes on to heap praise on the genre, by discussing the recently-released ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

“I guess what I meant was, the more spectacle becomes the driving creative priority, the less thoughtful or challenging the films can become,” he writes. “The spectacle of Mad Max is underpinned not only multiple layers of plot and character but also by an almost lost cinematic sense of ‘how did they do that?’

“The best thing art can do is make you think, make you re-evaluate the opinions you thought were yours. It’s interesting to see how a cerebral filmmaker like Christopher Nolan, took on Batman and made it something more adult, more challenging, chasing Frank Miller’s peerless Dark Knight into a slightly less murky world of questionable morality and violence. But even these films are ultimately driven by market forces and somebody somewhere will want to soften the edges, so that toys and lunch boxes can be sold.”

A number of fans were left bewildered by the initial interview, and plenty took to Twitter to discuss the actor’s comments:

Simon, who is currently writing the upcoming ‘Star Trek’ instalment, goes on to reassure fans of the franchise that it’s in good hands.

“Sometimes it’s good to look at the state of the union and make sure we’re getting the best we can get,” he writes. “On one hand it’s a wonderful thing, having what used to be fringe concerns, suddenly ruling the mainstream but at the same time, these concerns have also been monetised and marketed and the things that made them precious to us, aren’t always the primary concern (right, ‘Star Trek OST’ fans?)”

Read his blog post in full here.