Simon Pegg has told RTÉ Entertainment that the 80s were a vibrant and colourful decade, compared to the 90s which was a "f****** yawn".

The Ready Player One star said: "I think the 80s was a very vibrant decade, it is much maligned, but when you look back at it now, it isn’t just a tacky, it was the decade of extraordinary change in the wake of punk and alternative comedy.

"It was a time of great variety. But the 90s by comparison was a f****** yawn."

He added: "A lot of the big films we are watching now are, and some of which I am in, are reboots, remakes, sequels -  all stuff from our childhood that we are trying to gather back because it was a simpler time."

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg on the set of Ready Player One

Pegg stars in the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One as inventor Ogden "Og" Morrow, who works alongside James Halliday (Mark Rylance) to create the OASIS, a virtual reality game where people in the year 2045 disappear to escape the hardships of the real world. Og has been compared to Steve Wozniak, the engineer who co-founded technology company Apple with Steve Jobs.

Speaking about renowned director Spielberg, Pegg said: "I think Steven thrives under pressure. I think he is really good at problem solving even when it is difficult. His mind is so tailored to film making, he speaks and thinks in film terms.

"There were moments when you could see him wrestling with concepts, but never ever in way that was ‘leave Steven alone’.

"He would go off to his boat in Italy at the weekend and figure it out. It was great to see him do that. I love watching him work."

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Ready Player One opens in cinemas on Thursday March 29.