Tax millionaires like me more to tackle inequality, says actor Simon Pegg

The actor – believed to be worth about £7m – joins a list of wealthy people calling for governments to tax the rich more heavily.

Other signatories include the Notting Hill and Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis, Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, and the former chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman.

Pegg, 49, whose films include Hot Fuzz and Run Fatboy Run, describes inequality as a “policy choice” and “not inevitable”.

He says half the world’s population is trying to survive on £4.20 a day or less, according to estimates, and that the “rate of poverty reduction has halved since 2013”.

Meanwhile, the number of billionaires has doubled in the last decade, he writes in The Times.

Taking a dig at world leaders, he says that fixing the “broken economy” might “feel too complex” for them.

He adds: “So let the millionaires help get you started. Tax them. Tax them more and do it now.”

Pegg describes inequality as the “driving force behind both societal breakdown and the very real climate crisis we face”.

The law in many countries is “so full of loopholes”, Pegg says, that a “billionaire can legally pay a lower rate of tax than his assistant, and a multinational company can pay less tax than a corner shop”.

The letter he has added his name to has attracted more than 120 signatures.

It claims that in “many nations, tensions caused by inequality have reached crisis levels”.

It adds that “most reasonable people understand that philanthropy has always been, and always will be, an inadequate substitute for government investment”.

In continues: “Taxes are the best and only appropriate way to ensure adequate investment in the things our societies need.”

People who “refuse to be part of the solution” will “be to blame”, it concludes.

Source: Tax millionaires like me more to tackle inequality, says actor Simon Pegg | Ents & Arts News | Sky News

Simon Pegg Says Another Movie with Edgar Wright Is a Given 

Simon Pegg says he and Nick Frost will make another movie with Edgar Wright when the timing is right.

simon-peggSimon Pegg is going to make a new movie with Edgar Wright, it’s just a matter of timing. Pegg and his buddy Nick Frost collaborated with Wright on the Cornetto Trilogy, which consists of Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzzand The World’s End.

The final entry was released in 2013 and virtually ever since, fans have wanted to know when the trio will work together again. Pegg doesn’t know exactly when that will be, but he promises that it’s an eventuality.

The problem is that all three of them have become quite busy in recent years. Simon Pegg has been acting in the newer Star Trek movies, among many other projects. Nick Frost has been part of Into The Badlands on AMC while also squeezing in a movie role here and there. Pegg and Frost have also started a production company and are releasing a new horror comedy together titled Slaughterhouse Rulez. Edgar Wright had his biggest success as a director with Baby Driver last year, with Sony hatching plans for a sequel. Still, Pegg insists in a recent interview that it’s not a matter of if but rather when they will make a new movie together. Here’s what he had to say about it.

Source: Simon Pegg Says Another Movie with Edgar Wright Is a Given – MovieWeb

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Simon Pegg Has Opened Up About His Depression And Alcoholism

“I was drunk a lot of the time and I was profoundly unhappy”

Simon Pegg has revealed that he struggled with depression and alcoholism after the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

“I was depressed. I had always been susceptible to it. But at the same time as I started to ascend into what would conventionally be regarded as a success, I was going down,” he told Empire.

“The more material success presented itself to me, the less I could understand why it wasn’t fulfilling me in any way. It wasn’t that it wasn’t fulfilling me, it was because I was depressed.”
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