Two Star Trek stars have been spotted sporting new looks for their for roles in the 23rd century. The most stark of these is Eric Bana, who plays the villain Nero. Bana showed up for the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday with a shaved head. In addition, Simon Pegg (the new Scotty) was scene on British TV last week without his usual blond look.
Here is Bana on the Tonight Show
Bana: Feb 25, 2008
Bana: Feb 19, 2008 (before he began on Star Trek)
Leno asked Bana what was up with his new look, and after joking it was for head lice, Bana said:
it is for a secret role, as if the Star Trek fans don’t know what its for
Yes we do Eric. You can watch Bana on The Tonight Show at NBC.com
Pegg goes dark
Simon Pegg’s usual look is blond, but in the picture below from his recent appearance on the Encore post-show at this year’s Brit Awards you can see that he gets closer to the original Scotty’s look with a darker style (but not black as it was originally with Doohan). And although he didn’t shave his head, Pegg did shave his beard. Although there is some stubble below, TrekMovie.com has been told that his Scotty is clean shaven.
Pegg: Feb 21, 2008
Pegg: Dec 5, 2007 (before he began on Star Trek)
BONUS BANA: Playing villain is ‘liberating’
In a pre-head shaving interview to promote The Other Boleyn Girl, Bana talked about how he has to shut out all the pressures of playing weighty roles and focus on the character. For Trek, Bana tells ReelTalk (see video below)
It my job to come up with a great Nero. The script is the starting point and I have to find something that is going to be interesting and fun.
and regarding what it is like to play the bad guy
It is kind of nice knowing that you are not the moral compass for the audience. It is very liberating.
watch the video (Trek bit is the last 2 minutes)
Thanks to Captain Wow of Peggster.net for the Simon photo