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Bana Shaves Head For Nero + Pegg Loses The Blond February 26, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

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

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, 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 for the Simon photo


1. Colin Campbell - February 26, 2008

No one will touch Khan. Sad to say, but true!


2. ShawnP - February 26, 2008

Awesome tidbits. I like what Bana has to say. ‘Tis encouraging.

3. uh oh - February 26, 2008

terminator 4 apparently released in may 2009

4. Anthony Pascale - February 26, 2008

so what? look at the summer of 2007. every weekend a new movie opened huge. Transformers made like 700 million but was only number one for one weekend. That is how summer works. The good news is no other movie opens the same weekend, but the chances of getting a whole month alone just doesnt happen….and really never happened

5. AC80 - February 26, 2008

It is very weird, but Pegg actually does have a slight resemblance to Doohan in “WNMHGB”, although he is clearly sporting a season three Scotty hairstyle.

6. AJ - February 26, 2008

And Transformers earned more than half of that overseas, so the US release date is just one piece of the puzzle. I just hope this one will pull overseas viewers outside of UK and Germany.

7. the dude - February 26, 2008

am i the only one who has to think of shinzon?!

8. AJ - February 26, 2008

Maybe Bana is playing Shinzon as an Easter Egg for the fans ;-)

9. uh oh - February 26, 2008

welli, its another tentpole film for a long running sci-fi franchise, as is wolverine. star trek is going to up against stiff competition…

10. Ali - February 26, 2008

Surely Pegg wears a toupee for the role?

11. Cranston - February 26, 2008

Interesting about Bana’s shaved head. But the *important* question is: have they shaved his *eyebrows*? (I can’t quite tell from the photo). That’s more grist for the ridges vs. eyebrows question about the film’s Romulans.

Full disclosure: I’m firmly in the no-head-ridges-please camp.

(Assuming, of course, that he really is playing a Romulan….)

12. Commodore Redshirt - February 26, 2008

Simon Pegg is going to be a fine Scotty.
Having seen Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, all I can say is I hope there is a bit with him getting drunk! He plays a good drunk and I’d love to see Scotty drink some “Green” :)

13. Valar1 - February 26, 2008

7, I had the same shuddering thought. I hope Nero isn’t another effin Picard clone made by the Romulans to do …? Did they ever explain how making a clone of Picard was supposed to make sense?

14. Irish Trekki - February 26, 2008

#7 and 13
Lets not jinx it by considering the mere possibility!!!
I’m sorry but Chang was a better movie badguy! Gul Dukat for the Series.
Poll time:
best Trek Villan of all time? (in both the movies and the shows)

15. JB Gestl - February 26, 2008

Nero is ‘Future Guy”!

16. TJ - February 26, 2008

Erm…Pegg is ginger, not blonde ‘naturally/’, if you’ve seen his AWESOME series ‘Spaced’ he’s au’natural in it. Probably why he’s loosing his hair fast, repeated bleaching to disguise the ginger is melting it out!!! Glad they decided to TRY and make him look a wee bit more like ‘Scotty’ with the hair…they’ll probably use the old ‘spray on’ to disguise the bald bits. But personally, he still looks nothing like Doohan…that’s like saying all dark haired people kinda ‘resemble’ each other!

And Bana looks mmmeeeaaaannnnnnn, I like! Though is the shaving of head to make wigs (cos I cant see him cutting his hair to resemble the original Roms-do) and prosphetics easier, or is Nero a skinhead punk?

17. LorienTheYounger - February 26, 2008

#9: “welli, its another tentpole film for a long running sci-fi franchise, as is wolverine. star trek is going to up against stiff competition…”

Well, the difference is that pretty much everyone was disappointed with Terminator 3, and also there’s a Terminator TV series currently airing which appears to be a much better “timeline” than the films, plus the concept of “Terminator Salvation” is quite spinoff-y (no Arnold, new hero with John as supporting character and Sarah dead), so this could all lead to a very big “Why bother?” feeling among the moviegoing public. The new Star Trek movie on the other hand is all fresh & new & shiny & “back to the core of the show”, which would be a bigger draw.

18. valentine - February 26, 2008


Probably not. I’d say he’s probably done filming his role already. If you notice in the December picture his hair is pretty much the perfect length for Scotty there. Why would they have him shave after he had already gone through the effort of growing it out? What we’ll probably be seeing is the same length as the December picture, but the same colour as the recent one.

19. Zorty - February 26, 2008

Is it me, or is Pegg wearing the classic Starfleet sideburns?

20. Stringfellow Hawke - February 26, 2008

T4 is opening up against Night of the Museum II on May 22, so let those two kill each other off. I doubt it’ll do anything but help Trek’s bankroll when the adults for T4 and the families for Night find their movies sold out and are looking for an alternative. Trek XI fits both demographic.

21. uh oh - February 26, 2008

#17 LorienTheYounger

i’m pretty sure everyone was disappointed with star trek nemesis and enterprise!

and the terminator tv show provides great free publicity for t4, despite the difference in timelines, and tb also has christian bale in it, which might be a big draw

22. diabolk - February 26, 2008

We’ve never seen a bald Romuilan before… so… (you know…)

23. diabolk - February 26, 2008

.. so this means we’ll see something we’ve never seen before!

24. Sebi - February 26, 2008

I think Bana’s playing a Gorn…

25. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - February 26, 2008

More news I get more I like .

26. oztrek - February 26, 2008

So how is this for a scenario: Nero de4cides it is good for Romulus if Khitomer actually goes according to plan and so he rigs the Kobayashi Maru simulation so young Kirk is to die. Spock (who knows which one) foils the dastardly plan and Kirk is told never to reveal what happened hence his coy remark in TWAK “I changed the conditions of the test.”

27. TJ - February 26, 2008


Pegg was in the UK in December, he missed a Radio 1 interview (poor bugger was ill!) but Nick Frost his comedy partner made it and mentioned, as other articles did, that Pegg had not begun filming yet and was heading back to LA in the new year. So it strikes me as his role isn’t that extensive in this movie. I think you can still hear the interview via the Joe Willey wesite.

28. Flake - February 26, 2008

IMHO the Romulans in this movie are all bald. If you remember the spy photos we saw a big bald black guy which assuming he was a baddie is a Romulan. I would think they chose to do it so the newbs can differentiate them from the Vulcans.

Re. Simon Pegg – He was on the set somewhere from that live chat because a remember Zoe Saldana referring to him being there.

29. Smike van Dyke - February 26, 2008

So Nero is actually a clone of Shinzon? Kewl…

30. Vulcan Soul - February 26, 2008

Shinzon and Hannibal Lecter are back!

31. Cervantes - February 26, 2008

‘His Scotty is clean shaven. Mercifully, this seems to confirm that we will not be getting a ‘Willie the Gardener’ look for Simon’s ‘Scotty’, which can only be a good thing.

But I’m not sure if I like the idea of more bald ‘villains’ in a Star Trek Movie, although Eric seems to wear it well.

32. "Uncle" Clay Farrow - February 26, 2008

So, now that the strike is over, can we PLEASE change Bana’s character’s name?? “Nero?” C’mon! “Romulus” and “Remus” (or “Romii,” if you prefer) is bad enough, but those two have been deep canon for 40 years, so we’re kinda stuck with them! But do we have to call the protagonist Nero? Might as well change the Romulan capitol city’s name (and I think you know where I’m going with this) and buy Bana a fiddle…

33. Vulcan Soul - February 26, 2008

Chang, Shinzon, Nero, Sisko… seems in Trek bald is evil ;-)

34. jonboc - February 26, 2008

I like the bald look. It’s different…for a Romulan anyway. Worked for Chang.. SHould work for Bana as well, as long as they don’t slap those hideous rubber Frankenstein foreheads on the Romulans.

35. Adam Cohen - February 26, 2008


Thanks for hunting down a pic of Pegg finally! He looks good! I can’t believe we have to wait for more than a year to get to this show, but there are worse things in life.

36. Bart - February 26, 2008

Shinzon is back… perhaps Nero decides to revenge his death or wants to be Shinzon’s lookalike for the upcoming romulan lookalike contest…. SHIIIINZOOOOOOOONNNNN!!!!

37. Captain Dunsel - February 26, 2008

Sorry to disagree but Ricardo Montalban was by far the most interesting of the Trek movie villains–and this from a Plummer fan. Chang was great but Khan managed to engender both hatred and sympathy. He was three-dimensional in a way no other lead baddie ever was. imho anyway.

38. 2MUCHINFO? - February 26, 2008

Am I the first to ask it? I couldn’t tell you because there is so much analysis and speculation on every tidbit of information passed on. It would take years to read through.

Are we going to be able to stand it for another year?

UH! Bana shaved his head! Oh no, Spock wears a dress on the weekends. Ahhh! Sulu is a badass. God forbid, JJ took a day off.

My goodness – is this stuff really news?

I suppose there are some out there that need it…and I guess I don’t have to read it. But can’t there be a flag on the header page saying, “Important” or “Not important”

Kind of like “Spoilers Ahead”…

That said. I do look here first for movie news…

39. Flip Klondike - February 26, 2008

Pegg could easily be wearing a wig for the role, and that second pic despite the blonde struck me as looking very Scotty-esque.

Abrams really needs to give us some real pics because we are seriously scraping for Movie news and images.

40. SPB - February 26, 2008


There, I said it.

41. Marian Ciobanu - February 26, 2008

Hey the romulans aren’t ..bold..or maybe are somehow shapeshifters..i don’t know..

42. Trek Nerd Central - February 26, 2008

Pegg remains a brilliant choice. Can’t wait to see this guy as Scotty.

43. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

arrrr… so bald equals bad guy…
Red Alert! Thar be a villain at the helm of TNG!
Riker to Worf: “How did this stoic, cold, and evil tyrant get on board barking orders?” Worf to Riker: “I’ll just transport him to a Shakespearean play… he seems to like that Klingon poet.”

Can I a’suggest the baddie not be called Nero as well… maybe “Harvey?”…


44. Kimmycat - February 26, 2008

Boy, Eric Bana looks like a badass bald. I plan to go see him in the movie “The Other Boylen Girl” this weekend where he plays King Henry the VIII.

I thought Simon Pegg was naturally a redhead and not blond. I watched “Hot Fuzz” on DVD this past weekend and his hair color was more of a strawberry blonde. I also thought that his eyes were brown but they are actually dark blue. He does look more like Scotty with the darker hair color and no beard.

45. AJ - February 26, 2008


Don’t bother us. We’re rumor-mongering.

And now Shinzon is Ilia’s father, and Spock (old) is Future Guy.

437 days to go.

46. Herbert Eyes Wide Open - February 26, 2008

#14 & #37 That’s a tough debate… Khan vs. Chang?

Captain Dunsel, as you alluded to, Montalban was able to elicit hatred and sympathy and more. However, we had the benefit of “Space Seed” as a reference to inform and contrast his character’s development… and ultimately his Ahab-like revenge for Kirk. Don’t get me wrong TWOK worked by itself as a stand-alone film but that fifty-one minutes or so of “back-story” made the movie even more resonant.

Plummer was brilliant in his portrayal of Chang. You could feel his mouth water as his plans to undo the Khitomer Peace Accords unfolded… and to defeat Kirk to boot! Well, it doesn’t get better for a Klingon.

Irish Trekki, I have to agree with you regarding Gul Dukat. Marc Alaimo infused and inhabited that character with all the requisite elements for a great villain. Nuanced and megalomaniacal, Dukat is definitely a great reoccurring bad-guy!

But in the end… gotta go with Khan… if only for sentimental reasons. ;)

47. maspill - February 26, 2008

pegg looks good !!! banner looks too much like shinzon :-/

48. Trekboi - February 26, 2008

Trek Villins #1 Khan- 2 chang- 3 kruge- 4 Borg Queen- 5 Soran- 6 Shinzon.
Bald Bana- I like skinheads so im ok with it.
Pegg- wouldnt they have cured baldness by then? i know but picard would not have been that vain and sisko just wanted to scare the J’em hadar

49. 1701 over Gotham City - February 26, 2008

Simon Pegg is going to rock. I’ve been all ove rhtat casting since the start… now if only he and Karl Urban (whom I hav ethe least support for) could exchange body sizes, they’d both be closer to the look of the originals :)

and yes… it will always be Khan. That’s a given. Ever since that film, they have tried to top it one way or another and cannot. So move on!

50. AJ - February 26, 2008

47: You referred to Bana as Banner? Don’t get him angry…

51. Trekboi - February 26, 2008

#38- its all important- news or merly clues…

52. Red Shirt - February 26, 2008

Did someone say this movie has been delayed?

53. Jorg Sacul - February 26, 2008

>>i’m pretty sure everyone was disappointed with star trek nemesis and enterprise!

I wasn’t disappointed with seasons 1 and 4 of Enterprise. In fact, I really ENJOYED season 4, until that “Newhart” ending and Trip dying like a punk. He was my favorite character, well, other than Porthos. Seasons 2 and 3 didn’t do much for me. As for Nemesis, I kept waiting for the movie to start- the “real” Romulans siding with the Enterprise-E was cool, there were a couple of moments in the film that were interesting, such as the leading up to the Romulans and Federation actually working out some sort of peace, finally, but it seemed like they made this badass maniacal Shinzon, just to have him die like a punk, too. At least Riker finally got his own ship.

Wait a minute… Romulans have green blood. Banner turned green when angry. Bana is a Romulan HULK!! (j/k)

54. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

maybe the Rommie wig wouldn’t fit o’er his natural hair so it had to go…
maybe he did have lice… after all, if he be a methoid actor then he logically never bathed while blustering o’er the other Bolyn girl…

why is hair such a fascinating topic fur Trek fans now here…

I feel like I should do somethin’ drastic ta make more interesting news… like have lunch with Abrams…


55. headless horseman - February 26, 2008

Yipes. He looks scary bald.

56. maspill - February 26, 2008

52 yeah till may have u bin asleep

57. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - February 26, 2008

Uh oh,,!!!!!! Bald Romulan as villian,,, Uh oh. Let’s hope the last pooptacular Bald Romulan didn’t jinx it.

58. bill hiro - February 26, 2008

Re: #4 – Anthony, do you have to get so defensive every time someone posts something that isn’t 100% super-positive about the movie? All the guy suggested was that May ’09 was going to be competative. Are you reporting news and giving people a forum to express themselves or are you just cheerleading for the production? I know you want this to be the super-mega-hit of all time and you have a whole JJ Abrams lovefest going on, but *if* this is a news site, a smidgen of objectivity wouldn’t hurt.

59. Closettrekker - February 26, 2008

#21–No, I wasn’t disappointed with ENT. I was disappointed that I couldn’t see it until it was released on dvd, but that’s about it. Once I did, I thought it was pretty good–especially with the TOS tie-ins later on. As for Nemesis, I have never paid to see a TNG-era film, but it was pretty bad. My all-time biggest disappointment in a Trek film was STV. I was never a big enough TNG fan to be all that disappointed in one of its movies.

Khan was a spectacular villain, but he wasn’t given alot of screen time in TWOK. “Space Seed” had already made him a Trek-villain favorite (although the scene with Checkov and Terrell on Ceti Alpha V made non-TOS fans adequately aware of what kind of villain he was). By far the best antagonist in a Star Trek film, IMO, is V’Ger.

My hope is that the new film is focused on the TOS-era characters more than anything else. Star Trek films have never had a villain actually “steal the show”, and I do not expect Bana’s character to do that either.

60. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

maybe CBS can re-master Bana in a TOS episode to establish Nero (or call him Harvey) like Khan was established…

Put him in tha epsiode where Kirk becomes a Romulan spy and Spock goes seducing the Romuless (Romu-lass?) and just digitally put Bana in the lady’s role… saying at tha end, after his/her cloaking device was taken: “Even if I hafta jump through time and shave me head, I’ll get ya both!”

… arrrr….

61. Jorg Sacul - February 26, 2008

yeah, what #61 said! :-)

62. Closettrekker - February 26, 2008

#60–He actually could be the son of that female Romulan commander, who is out to get Spock for ruining his mother’s career and forcing him to live with not only that shame, but the shame of being the illegitimate son of a Vulcan/Human hybrid who tricked his mother by distracting her from her vigilance with sex! Sure, it sounds soap-opera like, but it is certainly plausible as a potential motive for Nero’s villainy.

63. maspill - February 26, 2008

nero is spocks son interesting idear

64. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

#61 Mein Deutsch ist schlecht. Warum sprechen Sie über Herr Trip schwanger ist? Das ist arrrr….

inexplicably said somethin’ about T’Pol being bald… and Trip being pregnant… talk about tha mixed-up hormones…. or me own mixed-up Germie speak…

quite out of thread…

65. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

Uh,oh… if ya start followin’ what I be sayin’ then thar be trouble ahead fur ye!
Harrr… good idea though to tie it all together… who knows, “Transforming” Orci might be the guy to write such stuff…

arrrrr…. how many posts from me is 2 many?….

66. Orb of the Emissary - February 26, 2008

#13- “Did they ever explain how making a clone of Picard was supposed to make sense?”

I do believe they mentioned in the movie that Shinzon was suppose to replace Capt. Picard in a devious Romulan plot to infiltrate the Federation but the project was abandoned. But since the Romulans had already created him they just shipped him to Remus to be a slave.

67. Garovorkin - February 26, 2008

Upon looking at those photos, Pegg can do Scotty, and Eric Bana has the classic Imperial look of A Romulan. He should bring a nice Intensity to that role. Both these guys can flat out act.

#59 Absolutely as antagonists go V’Ger Rules.

68. Kev-1 - February 26, 2008

Mr. Pegg looks good with the dark hair. Not sure about the name “Nero” though. With a name like that he’s got to be good (apologies to the jam people).

69. zirclet - February 26, 2008

Oh, PLEASE go with a Romulan wig… no one wants another “Wesley Crusher does Dr. Evil” Star Trek villain.

70. I AM MONGO - February 26, 2008

Bana no scare Mongo.

71. Stringfellow Hawke - February 26, 2008

To whomever it was in a previous comment that mentioned changing Nero’s name and referenced the fiddling comment…. I disagree.

If the evidence supporting JJ and his team have taught us anything in his productions, everything has a deeper meaning behind it. Here’s a history lesson on Nero. :)

Nero was ‘imbalanced’, yes, but he wanted to bring Rome back to its glorious days of being the center of the known world and define its beauty through the arts. Most of the architecture we associate with the Empire we can attribute to him. He wanted buildings, statues, and artwork so immense to the eye, that Rome would be associated with the historical significance it has established through the Republic and its subsequent collapse and re-emergence as an Empire.

The whole story about the fiddle was way blown out of proportion. There is actual historical documentation that Nero opened the doors to his private garden and sheltered a great number of citizens and plebes of all classes during the fire. He cared about the people genuinely, but his position of power ended up corrupting him eventually. If you look at Roman history, what Nero did was hardly a unique event – just the first and largest.

So, I see the idea behind the movie’s ‘Nero’ as one of the same cloth or essence. A man, brought to power perhaps a little too quickly, or named through political connections in the right places, and not properly prepared for the job, takes it upon himself to use the power at his disposal to return the Star Empire to its former glory. He wholly believes he’s doing it for his people, even as he sacrifices them and others in order to attain the ultimate state.

As the Nero of our real history did in assassinating those that stood in the way of his vision, the one of the movie may do the same with the humans. The Romulan Wars may have been seen as an embarassment, and maybe this Nero wants to eliminate that issue in some sense so the Romulans could go back to becoming the center of the universe again. Kirk’s Enterprise probably humiliated him at some point, hence the plot point of going back in time to kill him, if that is truly a plot point.

I hadn’t chimed in on the topic in a while. :)

72. Garovorkin - February 26, 2008

#71 are we talking about the very same Nero who used Christians as human torches to light the way to his Palace?

73. Closettrekker - February 26, 2008

#71– I agree with your assessment of Nero as a historical figure, and I can appreciate your take on what this might mean to who the “character” of Nero is to Mr. Orci’s script. However, I think that, while the principle is solid, it does not have to be that “Nero” is “in power” at all. It could very well be that he is an individual who wishes to restore the glory of the Romulan Star Empire, but I see that as a secondary motive at best. I think his primary motive is much more personal, as I outlined in post #62. That theory is speculative, of course, but I like the idea of a TOS tie-in like that, and one that is tied more to Spock this time (and opposed to Khan’s quest for personal revenge against Kirk). After all, if all he wants to do is alter the “embarassing” outcome of the Romulan War, why not travel back in time to the ENT-era to do it? Why bother with the Kirk-era Enterprise at all? A more passion-driven motive of personal revenge would explain that.

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75. Seamus - February 26, 2008


just doesn’t have the pleasant ring that


does. But who cares.

76. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

#72, 74

…My german be a bit rusty but maybe our Bavarian pal here be suggesting that instead of “Nero” he chould be called “Caligula”…think o’ the historical value then…

#74 Ein Mann erhält schwanger. Und???
: ) LaBt mich betrunken Sein.
Something about first case of pregancy in that ENT guy … don’t wanna be that…

Ahhh… good… then me idea of Bana being the Rommy lady from The Enterprise Incident be founded?
arrrr…. or maybe, as spawn of female Rommy, He can hear Nimoy say those hallowed sci-fi words “Nero, I am your father.”


They be gettin’ us back for suckerin’ them in Dominion War… and for Kirk blowin’ up Sarek… and for Picard always being anti-climatic (like a legit massage…)


77. Marian Ciobanu - February 26, 2008

Nero…doesn’t sound like an inspirational name to me..hmmm name a romulan like a roman..
#71 Your speech is senseless..this is not ‘River Worlds’ know…not even ‘Rommie’s ship’..
#75 Khan looks like an ..electrocutated romulan .. :-D

78. Denise de Arman - February 26, 2008

BritDude#76- I think that was the funniest post I’ve ever read (sorry, Harry).

“Nero, I’m your father.”


“Come join the Light Side, Nero”

“No, I am a Romulan, as my father before me.”

“Feel the power of the Light Side.”

79. Denise de Arman - February 26, 2008

Bana looks like the white Will Smith in that picture, I do believe.

80. Mary Jane - February 26, 2008

No, the name “Nero” is great. We have Romulus and Remus, even Vulcan — aren’t the Vulcans and Romulans related in some way? Like ancient past etc.? —, all three from Roman mythology, so it’s only obvious to use Nero as a name for the villain. Alternative: “Commodus”… and quickly cast Russell Crowe for a Federation role. (~_^) And by the way: who says that “Nero” is actually his name in the Romulan language?

81. SPB - February 26, 2008


…a young Charles Xavier!

82. British Naval Dude - February 26, 2008

#78 Ha! : )
– oh, glad ya like it and, as the German bloke would say, “Danke shein, me darlin'”…

#80 “Commodus” sounds kinda like he enjoys the loo too much…


83. Closettrekker - February 26, 2008

#80—Like his potential mother’s, his Romulan name is likely unpronounceable in Federation standard.
I agree. Nearly everything “Romulan” in Trek canon is comparable to The Roman Empire in our own history. It should remain as such. Perhaps that is how the Federation chose to relate it to something recognizable. Nothing wrong with that at all.

84. Spock with a Crowbar - February 26, 2008

We’re all going to feel pretty silly when it’s revealed that Nero is a Klingon.

85. SPB - February 26, 2008

#83 –


“Which one of you is James Tiberius Kirk?”

“I’m Tiberius!”

“No, I’m Tiberius!”


…and so on…

86. The Vulcanista - February 26, 2008

Scariest Trek antagonist: The pre-movie Borg from “Best of Both Worlds.” It took me a minute to pick up my jaw from the floor at the end of Ep. 1.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

87. Denise de Arman - February 26, 2008

Vulcanista#86- If you ever go through ST The Experience at the Hilton in Vegas and round the corner at the entrance, the Borg drones will almost elicit a state of frozen terror. I kid not.

88. Mary Jane - February 26, 2008

#83 Not only Romulan, Reman and Vulcan rings the “Roman” bell. We have the “rura” in Klingon “Rura Penthe”, the Ferengi “Clarus” and so many other names, which are Latin (or Greek) or at least sound Latin, like Nimbus, Dominion, Antica, Cardassia, Septimus etc. That’s all simply a continuation of real-life naming-conventions in astronomy. So the Romulans should be proud as hell that the Terrans connect their empire with ancient Rome. I wonder why they’re always so inimical. I can’t think of a better compliment. (~_^)

89. Irish Trekki - February 26, 2008

#37 #46
If I’m being completely honest with myself, I kinda figured that people would go that way. I would like to add though I thought Shinzon was quite a good baddie, shame about the movie!

90. Garovorkin - February 26, 2008

Actuaally why didn’t they consider the name Marius, I believe that was the name of the character that Russel Crowe played in Gladiator

91. Justin Olson - February 26, 2008

Surely Bana is playing the son of Keras, the Romulan Commander from “Blance of Terror” played my Mark Lenard. The filmmakers have mentioned that episode on numerous occasions.

If true, Nero would have a serious beef with one James T Kirk.

Just an idea.

92. TJ - February 26, 2008

New picture of Bana with the skinhead:

My, he does have big ears!!! Something to grab hold of I guess…And as for all the whining about the name ‘Nero’… Dude whats in a name? A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet….and a Romulan called Nancy could still disruptor your ass dead!

93. AJ - February 26, 2008

With all the Latin names, we also had Tomalok, who is a cool dude. Maybe Bana is coming to the past to mate with Kirk’s mom. Nero’s real name is Tiberius. Nona Kirk promises to name her son after him, but after he dies, she settles for a middle name.

94. Mary Jane - February 26, 2008

#90 In Gladiator Crowe played Maximus of the fictional gens Meridia, pronomen Decimus. “Marius” would be any man from the gens Maria, like Gaius Marius, Caesar’s uncle. Marius is a family name, and Nero a cognomen. Sueton writes in Tiberius 1.2: “quo significatur lingua Sabina fortis ac strenuus”, i.e. “Nero” in the Sabine language signifies strength, power, might, vigor, firmness, steadfastness, courage, bravery, action and boldness. Damn! Bana’s character sounds like a real hero!! Hope your plot lives up to the grand name, Mr. Orci! (~_^) And by the way — just one sidenote, since “Tiberius” is Kirk’s middle name — the emperor Tiberius was called Tiberius Claudius NERO before he was adopted by Augustus. Logical, because “Nero” was a cognomen of the Claudian family, but I wonder if this kinship is somehow reflected in the film’s story. (^_^)

95. Garovorkin - February 26, 2008

#94 I know Im watching Gladiator movie now, my memory is getting really bad on these things.

96. Mary Jane - February 26, 2008

#95 Great film, although not really historically accurate. But hey, that’s Hollywood. Who cares except some academic pundits! (~_^) I still have to see the extended version though.

97. Garovorkin - February 26, 2008

#96 I majored in history I know its not accurate, Commodus was not the monster that Hollywood has made him out to be, but often the truth makes for far less exciting drama.

98. Mary Jane - February 26, 2008

#97 That’s right. There was a damnatio memoriae at first, but then a restitutio under emperor Septimius Severus. Furthermore Commodus was deified three years after his death. They would never have done that if he had been a monster.

99. Steven B - February 26, 2008

Maybe he shaved his head for a Romulan wig. Some actors got haircuts, some get wigs.

100. TrekNerd - February 26, 2008

I thought that was Sinead O’Connor.

101. The Vulcanista - February 26, 2008


That’s what I was thinking. That’s a pretty thick and curly head o’ hair to be trying to style a Romulan ‘do. I’m not sure he could even get a wig on it w/o looking like his head’s twice its normal size.

#100: LMAO! The resemblance is a bit uncanny, innit?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

102. NoonienSpock - February 26, 2008

I totally thought that, too.

103. Closettrekker - February 26, 2008

#91—I don’t think so. What beef would he have with Kirk? And haven’t we seen enough vendettas against Jim Kirk? I would rather see Nero as the illegitimate son of Spock and the Romulan Commander in TEI. She would have been humiliated, and probably subject to a great loss of ststus within the Romulan Star Empire. Now there is a beef—only with Spock. Besides, I got the impression that BOT was strictly a reference. If there is a direct plot tie-in, there is alot more substance in TEI to the necessary dramatic effect.

104. The Vulcanista - February 26, 2008

#103: “She would have been humiliated, and probably subject to a great loss of ststus within the Romulan Star Empire.”

And eventually executed, I bet, with shame on her family for the next 4 generations. Kirk should have at least offered her asylum in return for stealing the cloaking device and being responsible for her likely eventual demise.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

105. Daoud - February 26, 2008

My take has been that what we hear as “Nero” is the closest Romanesque equivalent to a more Rihannsu Romulan “Nhierraufv”.

Now if they would just get Diane Duane and the Stevenses to develop the novelization of the film, we’d be in like Mr. Flint.

106. Edith Keeler - February 26, 2008

Looks like Bana will be wearing one of Shat’s hairpieces. Oh well – if Shat can’t get in the movie, one of his rugs can.

107. Jabob Slatter - February 26, 2008

What a surprise! Edith Keeler gets in an insult on William Shatner! And the story’s about Eric Bana!

Dude looks tight.

108. Tim Thomason - February 26, 2008

According to my count, there have been 2 bald Romulans (balding Nanclus and de-Borged Orum) and 3 bald Vulcans (2 TMP Kolinahr masters, and a bearded healer from TAS), so it’s not that far-fetched or out-there for Romulans to be bald (there not a Samson-like necessity). Although I do understand it doesn’t fit the standard Romulan culturally.

I’m slightly encouraged that Pegg’s role may be short or limited (as implied by an above poster reading into his schedule). While it’s good to get some face-time with the entire cast, I’d rather not see the relatively all-star performers overshadow the main three/four/five (Pine, Quinto, Urban, Nimoy, Bana) too much.

109. ActionJustin - February 26, 2008

Didn’t we read that the Nero toy is wearing a purple bodysuit? With the shaved head and pointy ears, it looks like their going for a Ming The Merciless-meets-The Phantom look. I dig it.

I think it’s more likely that Nero comes from a distant future, that Spock will be white haired, and that this will grow out of Spock’s ‘deep cover on Romulus’ plotline.

110. Sarah James - February 27, 2008

Love Bana with shaved head. He is going to be great-looking villain.

Also love darker Pegg. I’d be happy if that’d be the shade of light-brown / auburn that Scotty will be wearing. Doesn’t have to be black like Doohan. I think that would make Peggster look too old. You can see how he’s wearing Star Fleet style sideburns Wooh-Hah! Awesome!

The Scotty hairdo I liked the best was that of the second half of the third season when he wears his hair short and brushed forward. He looked so yummy with that. I think it would go well Peggster too. Wouldn’t be much of a change for him anyway.

The only thing I regret is that Pegg’s beard had to go. My god that man is a beard man. So good looking with stubble. Hmmh. But unfortunately our TOS Scotty was always clean shaven. Probably Star Fleet regulations.

Yes absoluely. He does remind you of Doohan, doesn’t he? Brilliant casting!
But I don’t think it is going to be the backswept season 3 hairdo for Scotty. I only think Peggster brushed it back because he likes it better that way just the way Doohan always brushed his hair back once he stepped down from the set. Eventually they let him keep this brushed hairstyle for the series for a while but only because Doohan kept nagging about this “impossible bangs hairdo”. And then I think Roddenberry sent Doohan to Sebrings who came up with this cool 60s style Cesar hairdo. That was really my favorite.

I think the explanation is simple. They told Simon Pegg to let his hair go long, grow a full beard because that is probably how they are going to introduce “civilian” Scotty. Sound good? I think it might be true.
But Star Fleet is military and once Scotty gets re-cruited by Pike (I reckon) hair and beard have to go.

#19 Definitely!!!

111. Ivan - February 27, 2008

It’s nice to see an original idea like a bald villian in a Star Trek movie. I mean- we haven’t seen a bald villian since at least the last Star Trek movie… Very Refreshing!

112. Harry Ballz - February 27, 2008

I’m worried that Bana may have misunderstood the negotiations when he was hired for the role. They told him he was going to play a villian like Lex Luthor and he showed up for the first day of filming looking like this! Yikes!!

113. CanuckLou - February 27, 2008

Yeah bald is so Next Gen! Why not an afro instead?

The adventure continues…

114. Anthony Pascale - February 27, 2008

RE 58
What I am doing is keeping topics on topic…something I have always done and always will do.

115. Edith Keeler - February 27, 2008

#107: The original story is about people in Star Trek shaving heads and faces i.e. their hair. Most STOS actors don’t have any hair on their heads either. And the lead in STNG clearly had none. How can this not be relevant?

116. Jabob Slatter - February 27, 2008

Sorry, Edith, I actually wasn’t trying to bash, if that’s how it felt. I should have inserted a smiley.

It made me laugh, actually, because it was exactly what I expected you would say.

117. Captain Canucklehead - February 28, 2008

I think that Nero is really going to be Shinzon… I have a bad feeling that this film is going to be the “true” sequel to Nemesis. It may also even take place during the time period/events of Nemesis as they are occuring. Maybe an alternate timeline starts in Nemesis, which causes Shinzon to go back in time with his glorious ship the Scimitar to destroy kirk, earth and the federation since he somehow forsaw his defeat. No kirk = no meeting with Picard in Generations = Picard dies in generations and no Enterprise E to destroy Shinzon… It is starting to make sense…. Kirk is the Key to the Federations survival….and Spock is the Keyholder.

118. Etha Williams - February 28, 2008


If you guys are fans of ST novels, you should check out the Vulcan’s Heart novel by Sherman & Schwartz, in which Ent Incidient commander plays a major role.

Even though she was only in one episode, I myself am utterly enamored of her.

To keep this sort of OT:

I agree that the shaved head is probably for a wig. I hope they don’t include Remans, because that was a really poorly/under- developed story line.

119. The Vulcanista - February 28, 2008


Romulan Commander sure got Spock’s attention, even after the deception was over, didn’t she?

Re the Remans, agreed, and not to mention that Remans look *exactly* like tall Orcs. I can’t decide if they’re from Isengard or Mordor, tho.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

120. Redjac - March 3, 2008

Is Bana playing Shinzon? Maybe he’s playing Shinzon’s clone? LOL!!!!

121. Redjac - March 3, 2008

I forgot to say, they should have a scene where ShinzNero mentally rapes somebody…maybe Rand or Uhura?

UGH!!! LOL!!!!

122. Hanne - March 9, 2008

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