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Bana Talks A Little About Trek February 4, 2008

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In the last few years Australian actor Eric Bana has graduated to leading man territory and has fronted big movies such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich and the upcoming Time Traveler’s Wife. So it was big news that he was tapped as the villain Nero in JJ Abrams new Star Trek. However in a new interview, the actor raises the question about how big a role he will play in the film.

The following was in today’s issue of the Australian Herald Sun:

In an interview to discuss the March release of his latest film The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, Bana was also anticipating his next job, playing the villain Nero in the new Star Trek movie for Lost creator and Cloverfield producer J.J. Abrams.

He described the role as a cameo. “It’s just a great character, it’s J.J. Abrams. It’s a really well-written script, great part. Couldn’t say no. I don’t actually look at the size of parts ever.”

TrekMovie.com has confirmed that Bana hasn’t yet started shooting on the project, but that his characterization of the role as a ‘cameo’ is an understatement. ‘Cameos’ tend to single scenes done by a celebrity, but the role of Nero will be more than just that. However, it not surprising that the villain character is not totally over-arching in the film. The film is very much an origin story for Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise and so much of the time of the film is spent telling their stories.

It’s not the size of the role, but…
Although Kirk, Spock and the gang are the focus, the character Nero is said to be key to the story. Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman told GeekHeeb in June what they were going for with regards to the film’s villain:

For the “Trek” script a lot of it was what “Trek” meant to us as kids. We’ve been enormous fans of “Trek” since we were little kids. And what it felt like to be in the theater and watch “Wrath of Khan” for the first time was what we wanted people to experience … [want to recapture] that kind of an emotional ride. An incredibly great bad guy against an incredibly high-stakes story that’s just emotional. “Trek” for us is about family and friendship.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer likes to tell the story about how he was concerned when he showed Ricardo Montalban (Khan) the script which he worried didn’t have enough screen time for the actor. According to Meyer, Montalban stated “yes…but when I am not, they are always talking about me!”

The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana opens February 29, more at the official site.

Comments

1. 1701 over Gotham City - February 4, 2008

Good to hear, actually… we don’t need them to try to redo Wrath of Khan yet again… A villian can still have impast without dominating the story or the screen.
Works for me!

2. CmdrR - February 4, 2008

“I want Kirk dead. His friends, dead. His whole family: dead!”

That about do it?

3. Capt abe - February 4, 2008

woo hoo first! GOOD STUFF HERE

4. Kertrats - February 4, 2008

Sounds like he’s pretty happy to be on the project – that bodes well for the script, I’m excited to see the film.

5. Scott - February 4, 2008

Ya know Bana will make a great Romulan!

6. Captain Hackett - February 4, 2008

It was about time to see Eric talk about the new movie. We need to hear more from him as well as Simon Pegg.

7. Paul - February 4, 2008

I like the guy already!

8. CmdrR - February 4, 2008

What, no green blooded Hulk jokes?

9. SPB - February 4, 2008

I JUST ASSUMED…

…that the entire TREK XI film was ALL cameos, with about 237 different Name actors and/or characters!

10. Andy Patterson - February 4, 2008

8

Punny

11. cap97 - February 4, 2008

“‘Trek’ for us is about family and friendship.”

That’s a good line to read!

12. S. John Ross - February 4, 2008

Sounds good. Every bit of news whittles away a few more concerns :)

13. cugel the clever - February 4, 2008

I hope Bana is correct and that his role, although important, has relatively little screen-time. The value of this restart to the ST franchise is to re-introduce the main characters and their origins, to get everybody comfortable with the new “look and feel” of the Enterprise and the ST universe, and to set the stage for further adventures. There are already probably too many significant characters (judging by the casting announcements to-date). It would be a mistake to rob the major characters – Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Uhurha, Scotty especially – of screen time and bonding time with the audience.

14. cugel the clever - February 4, 2008

“Batman Begins” and “Casino Royale” set the gold-standard for doing exactly what Abrams et al. are attempting to do. Those films focused on the main character. The adversaries, allies, and gizmos were important, but were not the main focus of the films.

15. CanuckLou - February 4, 2008

@8 I’ll bite. Its not the length of Bana’s screen time its how angry he gets during those minutes that count!

The adventure continues…

16. joe1306 - February 4, 2008

hey, how about eric bana in a cameo as orion in trek XII?

17. Paul - February 4, 2008

Hulk smash puny human starship commander grrrr!!!

18. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - February 4, 2008

thats relieved me alot!! Bana is a really good actorand im convince he can pull of a Romulan baddy really well, im just relieved that he doesn’t have centre stage, my argument is that the less we see of the villain, the better, al la TWOK

Promising news…

19. ChristopherPike - February 4, 2008

Good to see a villain being used sparingly. The writers must be confident.

Now, if only they can slip something into the script about Nero being ENT’s Future Guy…

20. The Master - February 4, 2008

Nero influence of over Kronos the excutioneer

21. Can't Wait for X-Mas 2008 - February 4, 2008

#19 I was just thinking about that! Maybe Nero is the Future Guy from Enterprise! I wonder if Nero will be similar to Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins. A character you see in the beginning and the end. And you have have Ayel being the one who carries out his orders by going back in time.

22. DavidJ - February 4, 2008

13

Agreed. Hopefully Abrams isn’t making his movie so incredibly plot-driven that there isn’t room for lots of character moments between the crew.

I would hate a repeat of Nemesis, where the characters were there basically just to further along the boring Shinzon plot and nothing more.

23. British Naval Dude - February 4, 2008

Arrrr… If instead of Nero, the villain be Caligula, then we may or may not want him ta have a bigger role… dependin’ on yer taste…

Sometimes the smallest parts, done well, are the most oft remembered…

24. OneBuckFilms - February 4, 2008

Good to see a focus on the core of Star Trek: the characters.

25. Gustavo Valente - February 4, 2008

#2 CmdrR – February 4, 2008
“I want Kirk dead. His friends, dead. His whole family: dead!”

That about do it?

and the villain of Star Trek is…Al Capone!!!!! LMAO!!!
funny!!!!!

greetings from Brazil

26. PaoloM - February 4, 2008

#24

Agreed. This movie is about Kirk and Spock, right? So let’s focus on them.

27. Reliant - February 4, 2008

Well, until this post, I was a little worried about how much Abrams was going to change TOS Star Trek universe. But now we read about how more focus is going to be on Kirk, and Spock and their adventures they had.

28. Batts - February 4, 2008

This movie has me interested enough..Please dont disappoint!!!!

29. Irish Trekki - February 4, 2008

#6 yeah, got to agree it’s nice to hear from one of the other cast members! kinda worries me that they might simply be glossed over in favour of Kirk and Spock’s storyline. What about Bones, Sulu, Uhura, Checkov and Scotty?

30. weeharry - February 4, 2008

Off topic, but i’m posting here as this is the most recent article and this was in today’s local newspaper (Edinburgh Evening News)

“Enterprising bid for Star Trek premiere

A CAMPAIGN has been launched for the European premiere of a new Star Trek movie to take place in Linlithgow – even though the town has no cinema.

The West Lothian town is already home to Scotland’s only Star Trek exhibition, as it is the future birthplace of Enterprise engineer Montgomery Scott, originally played by the late Canadian actor James Doohan.

Residents of the small town of Vulcan, in Alberta, Canada, have launched a bid to have Linlithgow host the European premiere of the movie, which will feature English actor Simon Pegg as a young Scotty.

Vulcan is hoping to host the world premiere of the film, set for release later this year.

The campaign has been given the full backing of West Lothian Council.

Provost Tom Kerr said he was confident they could overcome logistical problems, including the lack of a cinema. He said: “West Lothian would be honoured to host the first screening of the new Star Trek movie.”

The full article contains 166 words and appears in Edinburgh Evening News newspaper.Last Updated: 04 February 2008 10:19 AM”

Don’t fancy their chances much, and I’m curious to hear if anyone involved in the production has even remotely heard anytyhing about this.

However, if it does happen I’ll be delighted – Linlithgow is about half an hour away from where I live

31. Deep Space 913 - February 4, 2008

#29 Sadly I do believe the second tier characters will be glossed over. This isn’t like t.v. series where everyone can get their own episodes. They have to pack in all they can in this one movie, and their focus of course is going to be on the big two. I wish it were not the case, but I am afraid that is how it has to be.

32. Vulcan927 - February 4, 2008

Excellent #14, agree with you 100%, couldn’t have said it better myself.

14. cugel the clever – February 4, 2008
“Batman Begins” and “Casino Royale” set the gold-standard for doing exactly what Abrams et al. are attempting to do. Those films focused on the main character. The adversaries, allies, and gizmos were important, but were not the main focus of the films.

33. Diabolik - February 4, 2008

Something tells me this is going to be a fast-moving film, not dwelling too much on any one part by all of these different actors. Everyone is wondering just how long it will be based on all the parts by all the actors, but the editing will probably be quick, focusing mainly on the Big Three.

34. Diabolik - February 4, 2008

And as far as the secondary crew members, they will all have their moments to shine, but that’s all it will be, a few moments, the rest as background. Which is how it was in all the TOS movies. Each one had their great lines and memorable moments.

35. David (Flaming Wings Forever!) - February 4, 2008

32 – in total agreement.

With each new revelation, I am positively giddy with the potential the movie has.

36. JSanders - February 4, 2008

#31 Indeed. Look what happened in Generations when they had to split the focus between two captains. We ended up with a movie that played more like an episode marathon than a cohesive film. “Khan” was one of the best, and it’s storyline was very narrow – you could sum up the general story in a single sentence.

Trying to cover too much should be a major concern, and I’m encouraged by the signs thus far. Paying homage should be a secondary concern to telling a great story.

37. Diabolik - February 4, 2008

“Pull the strings! Pull he strings!”

“Perfect! Cut, print, move on!”

If anyone here gets that, I feel for you.

38. Alex - February 4, 2008

Liam Neeson played the villain in Begins, and his role wasn’t that big either. However, they had two more supporting bad guys, so with all the talk about Klingons and such, maybe we’ll get other villains besides him.

39. richpit - February 4, 2008

I just can’t like this guy after seeing that absolutely horrible HULK movie!!!

40. The Guardian of Forever - February 4, 2008

I’m glad they’re not going to have the bad guy totally own the movie. It worked for TWOK but I think it’s more important for a prequel with a new cast to focus more on the classic characters.

Eric Bana is hawt though.

41. Diabolik - February 4, 2008

When Kurtzman said “Trek for us is about family and friendship.” then I realised they knew what made it great. The best Trek is when they lay it on the line for each other and they crew places their friendship and each other above the threat of the week. Those are the “give ya a chill” moments, when they risk all for each other.

I think it’s in good hands.

42. clavinbot - February 4, 2008

I was not a fan at all of Batman Begins or Casino Royale. If this film is anything like them you can count me out. I hope it goes out and does it’s own thing.

43. SPB - February 4, 2008

#42 -

I’ll agree that BATMAN BEGINS is VASTLY overrated, but CASINO ROYALE is awesome. AWESOME, baby.

44. Matty D - February 4, 2008

Nothing to worry about. Hackman and Spacey shot very little for their Superman movies but no one would describe their roles as “cameos”.

45. S. John Ross - February 4, 2008

#37: Last I checked, Johnny Depp was a global superstar and Tim Burton had his share of fans, too, so if you’re sympathizing with anyone that gets a reference to one of their films, you might want to stock up on hankies in bulk at the Price Club :)

46. Daoud - February 4, 2008

Interesting how Bana describes this. The villain that motivates part of the story…. as was noted about Montalban’s comments about Khan…. So Nero (or Nhierraufv if you Rihannsu prefer) might be the cause, and the script scenes that unfold are the effect.

Even if Nero isn’t exposed to be Future Guy, unless something onscreen in Star Trek Zero contradicts that interpretation of FG… .we might all just as well make it fanon. It would even explain why FG suddenly quit interfering… he refocused his efforts on the 2250′s and 2260′s.

Consider it a “valentine to B&B”….

47. Dr. Image - February 4, 2008

Batman Begins should have had Batman “beginning” without all the high-tech stuff being available at first. Really down and dirty, like Batman: Dead End portrayed him.
And burn down Wayne Manor?? WHY???

#37 Diabolik- Isn’t it more like, “Puuul deh STRINK!!”
-EDWJr.

48. Rainbucket - February 4, 2008

Yes a two hour movie limits what can be done with all these characters.

But to pick an example, I hope the fact Zoe Saldana has consulted with Nichelle Nichols means she’ll get to say more than “hailing frequencies open” or “Captain, I’m frightened.”

49. ss - February 4, 2008

Maybe Nero is a cameo because Spock totally kills his ass in the first 5 minutes… Rest of the movie is picking up the pieces… not bad….

50. Jon C - February 4, 2008

Nero.I just can’t get past the image of a negligent Roman emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.

51. PaoloM - February 4, 2008

#50

Nero’s role in Roman history has been recently reviewed. It seems he was not so cruel and not so mad as we have always been told :-)

52. Michael Adams - February 4, 2008

#19
#46 The future guy in Enterprise is Captain Picard.

#38 When Yelchin says he saw Klingons- He didn’t know what he was
looking at. It very well have been Andorians as far as this kid knew.
#39 The Hulk is a very good movie!
#42 Batman Begins is not over rated.

53. "Uncle" Clay Farrow - February 4, 2008

#8 Nero SMASH! Nero SMASH! Where fiddle?

54. diabolk - February 4, 2008

#47.. Dr. Image… You got it!

And you admit it!

55. Mike Lamb - February 4, 2008

I just want to see a character like Nero to really come after Kirk and the gang and Kirk and the gang struggle over this villian. At the same struggle over themselves. Like getting to know each other and what each person is capable of. That will make it very believable. As it goes for Bana, I think that he is the best choice for the role of a villian on Star Trek. \

Mike

56. Poida - February 4, 2008

I’d like to see him cameo as his character ‘Poida’ from his old television show. He even has a Khan wig on!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-W-vzELBt8

57. Jack - February 4, 2008

is it too much to hope that they don’t stick Bana in lame-forehead, bad-caesar-wig TNG romulan makeup.

it looked like embarrassingly bad Halloween makeup in nemesis. the undiscovered country had a fantastically oily, creepy, old-school romulan – with no fake forehead/terrible wig… and even a receding hairline… and it worked just fine.

just hoping they’re not planning on copying the tired Michael Westmore/Herman Zimmerman/Robert Blackman/John Dwyer/Jim Mees/Michael Okuda look for the post-TNG-era scenes. It’s over, baby.

Eric Bana – great casting

58. Alex Calloway - February 4, 2008

I’m just not a fan of reboots, that’s why I like that this won’t really be one. And I know my opinion of those two is way against the grain but I am used to being that.

59. steve adams - February 4, 2008

#37. Ed Wood, great film! Dam it!
^
Changing gears a little bit gang.
Concerning the timetravel device that Nero uses.
Remember Voyagers last episode where Janeway steals a prototype time device she mounts on her shuttle.
She could have gone anywhere any time.

60. Kirky - February 4, 2008

Oh boy another Khan rip off, I thought that was the reason why alot of people didn’t like Nemesis!

61. Arathorn - February 4, 2008

The best characters are written in a simple, honest manner. You cannot write a script that gives a character depth. Star Trek (and all tv/cinema) is visual. Who cares if Nero, Uhura, Chekov, etc. lack a lot of screen time? If the acting is good, then the characters will be memorable.

62. Jabob Slatter - February 4, 2008

It’s too bad Kirk and Khan didn’t get to fight it out again. It would have been fun to see Kirk once again subdue the physically superior being with a flimsy plastic tube.

63. StarTrekRockerGirl - February 5, 2008

My opinion to all of the CASINO ROYALE references: I thought that the movie started out great, and was fine, all the up until that torture scene. I really didn’t enjoy watching that, and I would find it difficult to try to sit through it again, much less multiple viewings.

So I certainly hope our new ST movie avoids any unnecessary things like that, so that I can enjoy watching it more than once.

64. Paul Fitz - February 5, 2008

I hope the new film will delve deeper into who Uhura is, would be nice to learn more about her, It would also be nice to have an updated view on the role of women in TREK.
Captain Pike had “Number One”, I’d like to know who is gonna play her.
*Go raibh mile maith agat.

65. quinn - February 5, 2008

star trek has always been a source of inspiration to me as a writer.Godbless them.I wish I knew where to write.

66. TJ Trek - February 5, 2008

is it just be or does any one else here laught at the word twok. sound like a Vulcan surname, rather then the initals for one of the best star trek movies. (“Mr Twok, are you reading any life signs down on the planet”)

But as for Bana and his part. I agree that there needs to be considerably more time spent on the Enterprise crew. TWOK did this very nicely. although Montalban didn’t have a whole lot of screen time, his weight was being thrown all over the picture. Kirk talks about him, Carol Marcus talks bout him, Spock talks about him, Checkov talks about him, “He’s going to blow you to bits”. And get this, Khan and Kirk (with there K alike names) never come face to face. Yet you have the best hero villian pair in the history of star trek. becuase in the end it really isn’t about the villian.

That is what made TWOK so great. Nemesis fell short in that it was about The villian and facing the villian. TWOK is basicly about Kirk getting through a midlife crises. That’s it. There just happens to be a bad guy, some space battles, a wierd science experament, a son, and the death of a best friend, in the middle of it all. It is all just vehicles that help drive kirk out of his mid life crises.

That’s why TWOK was so great. It was about a very human experiance of aging, pure and simple.

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