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As reported earlier, SFX Magazine’s May issue, coming out this week, is chock full of stuff about the new Star Trek movie. In addition to an interview with director JJ Abrams, there are also interviews with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and John Cho. Plus Simon Pegg has a guest column. We have excerpts from all of those below.
In addition to the extensive cover story, including an interview with JJ Abrams (see previous story), the new Star Trek issue of SFX contains a number of cast interviews. Here are excerpts from each.
Chris Pine on his approach to tackling Kirk:
What was presented to me was this vision of Kirk in the script as an angry young kid who is dealing with some heavy family shit and is angry at the world. He’s a rebel without a cause. I think everyone can remember what it’s like to be 15 and he’s a 25-year-old 15-year-old! And he has to mould all that energy and that drive and all that passion and obstinence and the spectrum of emotions into the man that Kirk then becomes, which is the captain of the ship.
Zachary Quinto on his interaction with Leonard Nimoy in preparing for playing Spock:
Leonard and I have become good friends through this process and I value his presence in my life as a friend tremendously. I think he’s an incredible man. I have a tremendous respect and affinity for him, and I often feel that if I could have lived half the life that he’s lived when I’m his age, I would be very content.
John Cho on if he felt tempted to ‘do’ an imitation of George Takei in his portrayal of Sulu:
I did not. It’s probably more due to George Takei than Sulu, but George is such an iconic personality. I just felt it best not to imitate him. Plus, I do not have the vocal cords. They do not do that voice, that sound. It’s unique!
Zoe Saldana on her take on Uhura:
These characters were never fully developed, so I got the essential things about her. There’s a lot of demand she has on herself. She’s an overachiever and takes herself a little too seriously.
Simon Pegg Guest column
In addition to the interviews, there is a guest column by Simon Pegg, the new Scotty. Here is a bit on his approach to the character:
I had to look at it entirely from the point of view of an actor looking at a character, and not do an impression of James Doohan, because that would be a huge disservice to him and to the show. It would be easy for a line like ‘The engines cannae take it!’ to tip over into parody or pastiche, but it’s entirely dependent on context. If the engines can’t take it, they can’t take it, and you’ve got to tell the Captain. Because if you don’t then the ship’s going to blow up!
Much more in the issue of SFX Magazine
There is much more from all of these actors in SFX #182, which goes on sale today (April 8th in the UK), and should be available in the US and Canada later in April.
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