TrekMovie continues with our stop by stop coverage of the Star Trek world tour. On Thursday JJ Abrams and his team were in Berlin Germany for a gala premiere of Star Trek (see previous report). Before that event they held a press conference. Today we bring you inside that with a full report below, including images, quotes and video.
Star Trek team talks to German press
On Thursday the Star Trek crew arrived in Berlin coming from Paris the day before to hold a premiere at the Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz. J.J. Abrams, John Cho, Zoe Zaldana. Zach Quinto, Bryan Burk, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg checked in at the Hotel De Rome at the very heart of the city, close to the boulevard Unter den Linden. Thursday afternoon Paramount held a press conference at the hotel with the Trek crew on a panel. They would only allow camera phone pictures inside the event, so here is a panorama stitched together from smaller photos
Some excerpts here…
Question: You are all Action figures now. Are you happy with the results?
Simon Pegg: I play with myself a lot.
Zoe Zaldana: Guten Tag, Wie gehts? At the first take you criticize everything about your physical appearance, the second time you love it. My doll has pretty skinny legs, but it’s okay…
Question: Is Star Trek just a job or does it mean more to you?
John Cho: This job has special significance for me. When I emigrated to the US from South Korea as a child there were not a lot of Asian American actors on TV but George Takei and Trek were a real exception, very positive and spectacular. It was extremely meaningful for me to watch it as a boy and to follow in his footsteps now.
Zachary Quinto: It was a great pleasure and honor for me to work directly with Leonard, even if Spocks’ character is magnetic and complex in it’s own right it was an incredible experience to meet the man who brought him to life and get the torch passed from him to me.
Chris Pine: When TOS came out in the sixties the world and the USA were divided, and on the Enterprise people from lots of different countries and planets worked together, a very positive vision for humanity.
Karl Urban: I loved and watched TOS as a boy. The vision Gene Roddenberry created in the sixties, with a society that moved beyond internal conflict and went on to explore space, had a lot of appeal to me. For me it was a great honor to take on such an iconic role that was so wonderfully developed by Mr. Kelley.
Simon Pegg: It was no job for me. Because I did not get paid. I paid a small amount of money to J.J. for playing Scotty. Just kidding. It was a complete labor of love.
Question: JJ, a lot of movies are done in front of a green screen these days, you went for a more realistic look…
Abrams: I knew that the movie would have tons of special effects and I wanted to shoot as much as possible on sets. So we found locations as much as we could and tried to shoot as much as we could in real spaces. The goal was to make people believe that this ship is flying with real characters on board. So we stayed away as much as possible from the green screen.
Urban: For me the hangar at Starfleet academy was the most amazing location we were at. It was a huge airship hangar in Los Angeles, the most gigantic space I have ever been. It added a real scope to Star Trek that was not done before.
Question: How was it to meet Leonard Nimoy for the first time?
Quinto: It was incredible. We first met at ComiCon in an elevator. We went to a panel in front of 6,000 people to announce that we will make the movie. My first experience with Star Trek. Before the doors opened he looked at me and said:" You have no idea what you in form kid!"
After this we became friends. He is a great, inspiring artist.
Question: How did you prepared to become James T. Kirk?
Pine: I watched the remastered first season of TOS pretty intently on DVD. Halfway through it I found myself obsessing about how to create the perfect William Shatner impersonation. Then I talked with J.J. about what kind of balance to strike between bringing something new to the part and paying homage to what Mr. Shatner has done. I never tried to imitate the things that Mr. Shatner did so well.
Urban sprechen sie Deutsch? – Takes on Cho in German
At one point in the conference, Karl Urban started talking German, having some fun with John Cho…
Urban: Es tut mir leid, aber mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. John Cho spricht kein deutsch. Du bist ein Dummkopf, John.
Cho: Danke, Karl.
Urban: Du stinkst, aber ich liebe Dich!
which translates to…
Urban: Sorry, but my German is not so great. John Cho doesn’t speak german at all. You are stupid, John.
Cho: Thanks, Karl.
Urban: You smell bad, but I love you!
VIDEO from Berlin conference and ‘blue carpet’
Here are some additional brief video clips from Berlin of some comments from the Star Trek team at the press conference and the blue carpet, courtesy of AP.
And here is more video from yesterday’s Blue Carpet (noise levels were not great and so there is no audio, but instead music from Star Trek).
UPDATE: and one more from the premiere (by Sundown Entertainment)
More TrekMovie Star Trek World Tour coverage
TrekMovie has been covering each stop on the world gala tour for JJ Abrams and his Star Trek team, with our own team on the spot when possible. Here is a summary of articles so far:
Today’s Stop: Madrid – next up London
The Star Trek European tour keeps on going. After Berlin, the team headed to Madrid, Spain for a press event today. TrekMovie will have more on that event coming up soon. And on Monday TrekMovie will have another exclusive report from the London premiere and press conference.