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Simon Pegg has shared his thoughts on those who have been complaining about the Black Lives Matter movement – and thinks they all need to ‘shut the f**k up’.
The actor and producer revealed that he is doing what he can to help black writers, actors and directors get a foot in the door of the industry too.
He told the Observer: ‘Anyone that’s complaining about it should just shut the f**k up because it’s time.
‘The film industry would be such a healthier, more interesting place if there were more voices, different stories, different experiences.
‘It’s so dominated by one particular voice and colour of face, it just perpetuates a bland mono-voiced cultural landscape.’
Simon has been having meetings with Cephas Williams from 56 Black Men in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests to see how his production company, Stolen Pictures, which he founded with Nick Frost can get involved and help support black creatives in the industry.
He also admitted that it wasn’t just racial diversity that needed a major overhaul, but gender too.
Simon revealed that his film Lost Transmissions, directed by Katharine O’Brien, was the first feature film he has ever appeared in that is helmed by a female.
He explained: ‘Do you know that Lost Transmissions was the first feature I’ve been in that’s directed by a woman? In 20 years of film-making! How alarming is that?’
Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, Simon was also due to go to Venice to film for Mission: Impossible 7 before the production was shut down, and he admits he doesn’t know how films will go back into production amid the ongoing pandemic.
He suggested that AI techniques or using a soundstage could be possible, or they will need to wait for testing and a vaccine to be brought in before it can resume as before.
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