Actors Chris Pine and Simon Pegg, stars of the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond, said the film is about different races and species of people welcoming their differences and coming together to solve problems — a quality they said is not shared by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“With Brexit and with Donald Trump and his xenophobic awfulness, and ultra-nationalism and right-wingism, the world that we kind of promote is one that’s a more unified international front,” Chris Pine, who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the film, told the Associated Press in reference to the United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union.
Pine’s comments were echoed by his co-star Simon Pegg (Scotty), who bashed Brexit and called Trump a “clown-like” reality TV star.
“Star Trek is such a hopeful story. It projects where we’re not like we are now — we’re getting more and more into a xenophobic and suspicious of people for the most silliest reasons,” Pegg said. “It’s terribly sad. Surely the majority of us want the Star Trek ideal of peace-harmony. Because life’s easier like that. It takes a lot of effort to be angry.”
Pegg continued to compare events in the film to contemporary geopolitical issues. “It’s funny because the Federation is essentially a group of territories all working together toward an end, which is good. That’s what you might have been able to argue the EU was before we left it. Now it feels fractured and shaken.”
“You can help hoping for the best,” Pegg added. “Particularly in light of what’s happening now. We have this bizarre snap to the right in the states — this sort of clown-like figure, who emerged as this sort of say anything … kind of … I mean it’s like a movie.”
“There’s a reality TV star who’s knocking on the White House door, it beggars belief.”
Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the updated intergalactic action franchise. The movie also stars Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, the late Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.