Simon Pegg has become what he always "feared" - a bankable blockbuster star.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The 46-year-old writer-and-actor is among the most in-demand names in Hollywood now following a string of box office successes and his next movie 'Star Trek Beyond' - which he has co-wrote and also appears in - is set to continue that trend.

Pegg began his career as an independent star, and his move to the mainstream does trouble him, slightly.

Discussing his blockbuster roles, the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' star joked: "It's terrible! I have become the very thing I feared."

Despite his transition to major Hollywood player, Pegg has still retained his cult status amongst fans of his early comedy series 'Spaced' and 'Black Books' and his Cornetto trilogy of films: 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz' and 'The World's End'.

And he's very grateful to have such loyal fans, although he thinks it may have something to do with his looks.

The 46-year-old actor told The Observer newspaper: "Well, that comes from not having chiselled good looks.

"It's a modern phenomenon, the ordinary person at the centre of an extraordinary situation. It came out of 'Diehard', in a way. I think John McTiernan [the director of 'Diehard'] was the progenitor of the fallible geek hero. It was what happened after the preternatural Arnie Schwarzenegger masculinity thing - the bespectacled hero who was still managing to have relationships with gorgeous women. And after Bruce Willis came your Seth Rogens and Paul Rudds and me."

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