Apparently playing Dr. McCoy in Star Trek isn’t just another high profile acting job for Karl Urban. In a new interview with IGN TV promoting his role in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, the actor also talked Trek. Urban said that he actively pursued the role and he didn’t need to review the old shows since he has been watching Star Trek since he was a kid. .
I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was, oh gosh, seven years old so I was very familiar with the original series and with those characters. I didn’t actually even have to go out of my way to re-watch old episodes. I’ve just been watching them for over 20 years!
Naturally, Urban was careful not to reveal any details about the film or his character. He could not even reveal whether or not he uses the character’s trademark line ("Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor…"). "You’ll have to wait and see," he says. However, he did give some insight into how he was approaching the role while also commenting on his being a different physical build than Kelley.
It comes down to the script and it comes down to following J.J.’s lead and working in conjunction with this great cast that he’s assembled and being faithful and honorable to the very essence and spirit of those characters that were created back in the late ’60s. Again, it is a case of not doing some sort of facsimile or carbon copy, but really taking the very essence of what DeForest has done and honoring that and bringing something new to the table.
Urban had nothing but praise for his co-star Chris Pine, playing the part of Jim Kirk.
He’s very good. I’m so pleased that we’ve got someone of his caliber and ability in the role of Kirk, because he’s extraordinarily talented and funny. I think he’s got a big future ahead of him.
He also praises the talent of the film’s director, J.J. Abrams.
…the project as a whole is very faithful to the original series and I think that J.J. has a very fresh and exciting approach and I think that he’s an incredibly talented visionary. I believe that he is going to reinvigorate this franchise in a really healthy, positive and exciting way.
A fan of Star Trek, Urban had this to say about the film:
I really think that the Trekkers and the long time fans will be really pleased with it, because it really does honor the very spirit of what we are all really quite crazy about, in a good way.
The Comanche Moon mini-series kicks off January 13th at 9PM on CBS.
See IGN for the full interview.