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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Karl Urban May 6, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Interview,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Karl Urban is one of the better known actors in the new Star Trek, especially to genre fans who know him as Eomer from two of the Lord of the Rings films, but it is spot on take on McCoy that is getting him a lot of buzz now. In our interview with the new Bones, we talk about what it was like for a fan to take on the iconic role, how he chose to honor the original, where he wants to take Bones, and more. [interview contains minor spoiler].


Interview with Karl Urban

TrekMovie: As a fan did was it an issue for you to sign on to do this film before you read the full script?

Urban: I had enough faith in JJ Abrams and I had worked with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman in the past. So I kind of knew that if these guys were involved, they were not going to sell the Star Trek legacy short.

TrekMovie: In my review, and other reviews, it has been you are kind of channeling DeForest Kelly in your portrayal. More than any of the other actors, you seem to be kind of ‘doing’ the original actor, but without it being mimicry. Did you and JJ sit down and decide to go that route with Bones –to make him the one that would be the closest to the original?

Urban: No, actually. We never really had that conversation. As a long-term fan I felt it was important to see some semblance of continuity to the wonderful work Mr. Kelley had done. And really, to me, it is about the character’s attitudes. And there is a certain specific way that the character of McCoy reacts in certain situations and I really could only do my version of what that could be. There were certain character traits that were keys for me. Finding a voice was important. I remember JJ coming up to me one day and he says "what you are doing is wonderful, it is not DeForest Kelley, but it is something that is Bones, but it’s different, and keep on doing what you are doing." I had a lot of fun working on this character. I got to do and say some fun things. I am just very grateful that the character has gone down well thus far. I look forward, if I get the opportunity, to continue to develop it in further installments..

Clip showing Urban’s classic take on Bones

TrekMovie: So let’s assume there is a trilogy, as is common these days, what would you like to see for the arc of Bones?

Urban: That is a very expansive question and we have forty years of Star Trek history to cherry-pick from. If this movie finds an audience and if it is appreciated, it would be wonderful to come back. We had so much fun making this movie. I would like to see the character’s relationships continue to evolve towards that classic Bones/Spock/Kirk triumvirate. Bones was originally conceived to be Kirk’s conscience by the original writers and I would like to see that representation – that moral touchstone and be that moral compass for Kirk. And to continue to develop the battle of logic vs. emotion with Spock. To me that was one of the more enjoyable scenes in the movie when I got to spar with Quinto. There are a ton of other things, but I think it is presumptuous.

TrekMovie: As a fan. what was your biggest fanboyish moment in making this movie?

Urban: I think it was meeting Leonard Nimoy and being on set the very first day that he became Spock again, the first time in seventeen years. to be this close, as I am to you, to an actor and character of such iconic status who you have enjoyed and has been part of your childhood — to be that close to him was such surreal moment. To hear him deliver those lines in that Spock cadence — I’ll never forget it. I feel very privileged to be part of it and blessed that he was part of our film.

TrekMovie: There is something about McCoy that is both lovable and as you have called him, irascible. But sometimes he kind of steps onto or even towards racism, with regards to Vulcans. He seems to have a wide range of things to call Vulcans and you throw out a few in the film, such as ‘green-blooded hobgoblin’. Is it difficult to deliver that and have it not feel a bit racist…or species-ist?

Urban: No, not at all, because that potentially xenophobic perspective, if you chose to interpret it like that, is well-grounded in a point of view of a man who is so passionate and emotionally in touch with himself and his feelings and not afraid to express it. He is not afraid to tell people what he thinks, no matter what the consequences. His moral opinion is very very sound. So for him to express how he feels is found in a reality. In our film, that beat where he calls him a ‘pointy-eared bastard’ is founded in the fact that Spock has done what he has done to his best friend and he is not happy about it. I certainly hope we get to continue — to me watching the original show, that was always one of the more entertaining aspects, to see how those characters clashed. I loved it. I loved the conflict. There was one particular episode when Kirk is stuck in a space suit in some sort of transporter malfunction and he keeps appearing and reappearing on the bridge, "The Tholian
Web", and Spock and McCoy have that great seen where they have to learn to work together.

Urban loves playing conflict with Spock

TrekMovie: Did you find yourself reviewing old episodes or were they fresh enough?

Urban: They were fresh enough. I had watched the entire DVD box set with my son a couple of years ago so I felt I didn’t need to go back. If anything, I felt I would be doing myself a disservice to go back over as I felt I had an understanding of the character and the relationship dynamics of the significance of Bones in the Star Trek world. For me it was just about working with the script and the actors to be in the moment and try and do justices for such an iconic character.

TrekMovie: In the decade you were in some of the biggest epic movies, with the Lord of the Rings. How would you contrast the styles of JJ [Abrams] and Peter [Jackson]?

Urban: Good question! JJ reminds me a lot of Peter Jackson. They are both directors who are at the peak of their power. Not only do they have supreme command of the technical aspects of filmmaking, but they are both incredibly gifted when it comes to the emotional beats – the human beats. They both have this ability to reduce the epic scale of everything down to a single, identifiable human beat that we can all relate to. I will give you examples from both of them. Peter Jackson in The Two Towers has two armies facing off against each other at Helm’s Deep and it all comes down to this one archer with his bow drawn and he is shaking in fear, so much that he ‘ah’ lets the arrow fly and it kills someone in the other army and the war is on. He reduces it down to that identifiable of fear, of the individual. JJ does the same kind of thing in our movie where you show this epic space battle, and you zero in on this woman walking through a corridor and you don’t know and
you’ve never met, and suddenly there is an explosion and she gets sucked out into the vacuum of space and it goes silent. And for a beat you feel for that woman who has just lost her life and again it is reducing it down to the human beat. Very, very clever man.

Urban (pictured left with Pine as Kirk) – impressed with Abrams’ ability to humanize an epic


Up Next – Bruce Greenwood
The next exclusive interview is with the Captain of the Enterprise, Bruce Greenwood, who has received raves for his job as Pike. We talk about how his Pike is different than Jeffry Hunter’s, what other leader’s he sees in Pike and what it was like filming a particularly uncomfortable scene.

Other final pre-movie exclusive interviews at TrekMovie:



1. JACathcart - May 6, 2009

Karl is a class act, and it’s such a pleasure to see him in this role.

2. Martin - May 6, 2009

Just saw the Movie, Karl is hilarious! Its amazing how sensitive he copies DeForrest. More of him in the future!

Damn it, Jim!

3. CharlieX - May 6, 2009

I think you put Quinto where it should say Urban

4. CharlieX - May 6, 2009

Fixed. Cool interview. Urban is a class act.

5. Driver - May 6, 2009

Please let there be at least a trilogy of films.

6. SuperScuba - May 6, 2009

I think McCoy is going to be my favorite character in this film.

7. Janeways Knickers - May 6, 2009

god damn it jim, i’m an urban, not a quinto

8. Megg - May 6, 2009

I think he might be my favorite.

9. ClassicTrek - May 6, 2009

i think Mr Urban will be the dark horse in this movie. im pleased hes playiing Bones McCoy


10. I am not Herbert - May 6, 2009

Karl is GREAT!! ..loved him ever since Xena! =D

Can’t wait to see him as McCoy! (Are you out of your VULCAN mind?!)

11. mike - May 6, 2009

25 hrs and 45 min. Tomorrow needs to hurry up.

12. freezejeans - May 6, 2009

Karl’s awesome, and what a body of work he’s building up…LOTR and Trek, pretty good. Sounds like a cool guy to just hang out with, too.

13. RAMA - May 6, 2009

Urban rocks. Well thought out answers. He’s a classy guy.

14. Trekker chick - May 6, 2009

28 hours!

/Happy feet!

15. DavidJ - May 6, 2009

Only a trilogy? Are you kidding??

If they’re going to go all the way back to the beginning of TOS and start fresh, they CAN’T just stop at Episode 3, for christ’s sake!! They need to make 78 more of these things. ; D

16. TrekYou - May 6, 2009

im a little surprised there is no spoiler warning for this interview. in terms of what we’ve seen/heard previously, there were a lot of tidbits in here that i would have liked to have been surprised by. sure, small tidbits.. anyway, just my two cents.

also, does nobody proofread these things?

17. Derf - May 6, 2009

Two things struck me reading that.

First, that was a great interview, and I think I rather like this Karl Urban chap.

Second, I ‘really’ hate beets :\

18. Penhall99 - May 6, 2009

I think Urban will end up being the best new cast member.

I love how he’s actually channeling De Kelley, instead of simply “doing his own thing” with the role like everyone else.

And its so clear that he’s actually a fan of the original. Sure, they all say they are fans, but Urban actually IS a fan, as opposed to someone who watched it a few times or saw bits and pieces of the show.

And Anthony, Bones is NOT a racist…not even close.

19. NaradasKoch - May 6, 2009

I know this isn’t the right place, but I’m so exited.
A few moments ago I left my local Cinema in Germany after two fantastic hours of movie magic! This new film is absolutly great.
Go watch it….

20. Trekker chick - May 6, 2009


I know that the issue of the female crew member had been previously ‘outed’ here at TM.com. Was that what you’re referencing?

/enjoying the iPod download of the soundtrack right now

21. I am not Herbert - May 6, 2009

Hey Anthony! GREAT job on the interviews!!! =D

Did you get a chance to talk with Simon Pegg? (PLEASE say yes!)

22. TREKKIE369 - May 6, 2009

I think Karl will be a great Bones.

#15–Why only 78?!

#17–I agree about Bones and Beets.

23. Doesn't anyone in the 23rd century pee? - May 6, 2009

Had my tickets last week. Wanted opening night…bought for Friday. Then they released Thursday open for purchasing tickets…ARRRRRGH!

*holding both ears* lalalalalalalalala I’m not listening….!

24. Anthony Pascale - May 6, 2009

Simon Pegg was not at the press event where I did all the interviews, but I did get him on the red carpet.

Also I wasn’t able to get Pine, but everyone else

25. I am not Herbert - May 6, 2009

OK, thanks Anthony

26. Trekker chick - May 6, 2009


I’d already bought my ticket for Thursday night, and a day later, tickets at an IMAX theater even closer became available.

Solved THAT! Going to see it in IMAX on Sat., a second time, with friends!

27. EM - May 6, 2009

Great interview. He is well versed and well spoken. Can’t wait to see this movie!

28. Mark - May 6, 2009

Thanks Ant

He was super in LOTR’s………And seemd spot on as Bones

29. Sci-Fi Bri - May 6, 2009

23, 26:

most movie theatres are have very liberal exchange policies. i would just go to the theatre and exchange them.

i purchased my midnight showing tickets 3 weeks early, then an 8pm show opened up 5 days ago, so i went to exchange them. it took 4 minutes, no questions asked.

30. Shat Hands - May 6, 2009

Of all the characters, I am really looking forward to Karl Urban’s performance.
The scene in the shuttle is fantastic. I particularly liked the score from the Delta Vega monster chase as well.

All these snippets have not only washed any fears away but also made me so excited I think I may pee myself!

The whole movie has me like a kid at Christmas!

Not that I peed myself at Christmas mind you!

31. Trekker chick - May 6, 2009


Gives me a chance to see both versions

Besides, it is showing at a completely different theater complex: the one I’m going to on Thurs is a mile or so away from work – which is 30 miles from home – so, I’m making it a ‘treat myself to dinner and a movie’, then head home on my motorcycle (Goldwing touring bike), and then see it with friends at an IMAX theater closer to home on Saturday.

32. Bugs Nixon - May 6, 2009

I just wanted to say that I’m sitting here in the uk in the cinema waiting for the show to begin. Just wanted to say thanks Trekmovie for getting from there to here! See you on the other side!

33. Daoud - May 6, 2009

#10 Well, you know him as Caesar from Xena… did you ever see his blooper reel/outtake where he invents the Caesar Salad? Anthony, you should find and add that clip to show what a natural Karl is. I can’t find it ’round Youtube though.

#Everyone. I don’t think he’s copying Kelley, as much as he’s copying McCoy. And he should! See, this way things in this alternate history are identical to the original…. and I like that aspect.

For as many characterizations as possible to be the same ties in with the idea that the universe is “fixing” itself back in the aftermath of Nero.

Wish that Karl could get a “Best Supporting Actor” nod for this effort.

34. Jtrekker - May 6, 2009

Anyone seen Rotten Tomatoes recently? Looks like a couple of the negative reviews are starting to come in. Specifically, Roger Ebert. I was actually a little surprised by that one. Ebert has never struck me as a Trekkie, but the arguements he makes sounds almost like he read half the negative comments on this site made before the movie came out and combined them into a review. From the other reviews I’ve read, I’m really wondering if he just wanted to be one of the first major critics to make Star Trek (09) look bad.

If you are interested, here is the link:


But, for the record, the Tomatometer is still at 94% right nwo, so I can live with that…

35. Dunsel Report - May 6, 2009

While I am sure I will disagree with Ebert’s review after seeing the movie, it rings true to Ebert’s own principles and pet peeves. His annoyance with the lack of awe in the time travel plot twist reminds me of his review that I loved of “Jack Frost.” He was exasperated that a kid wouldn’t have better questions to ask a snowman who has returned from the dead.

36. Lucas - May 6, 2009

its now 7.44am in Malaysia 7th May.. Gonna watch in gold class in 12.20pm… 5 more freaking hrs to go.. darn

37. cdp - May 6, 2009


I found this clip of Karl Urban as Caesar on Youtube


38. Jefferies Tuber - May 6, 2009

Ladies’ man. Can’t wait for him to have a tragic romance.

39. Paulaner - May 6, 2009

OT: listening to the soundtrack. It’s really awesome, original and different from the previous ones. Everything in this movie is new and fresh :)

40. eknirb - May 6, 2009

The clip where he goes, “Thick tongue??? ….I can FIX that.” and then zaps Kirk with the hypo-spray over and over, with a final STOP THAT from Kirk- priceless. I have watched that clip a dozen times, easy.


41. Dr. X - May 6, 2009

INTERVIEW with Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto from May 3rd (can’t get the “send it in” link to work, apologies)


42. Magic_Al - May 6, 2009

Urban must have Spock’s intellect. Very comprehensive answers.

43. yvaine - May 6, 2009

@ #34 – I read that and thought, of all the things he could’ve latched on to in the movie and didn’t like, it was the SCIENCE FICTION?! What the…?! I read the other negative reviews, and they were valid personal opinions. But Ebert’s was just… weird.

Anthony – I hope you have an interview with Chris. I’m really waiting for that one. :D

44. Jorg Sacul - May 6, 2009

Who gives a flying tribble what the reviewers say… go see and judge for yourselves.

45. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - May 6, 2009

Ebert is worse, he’s a Science Fiction snob.


46. CarlG - May 6, 2009

Yeah, Ebert seems to have a very odd relationship with SF in general, and Trek in particular.

47. Bugs Nixon - May 6, 2009

Seen it !

its 4 am and i cant sleep – it was sensational. It was superb. It was loads of fun. Great fun. Will go back at the weekend.

48. John Sullivan - May 6, 2009

#1 – I agree. A really classy guy. He seems to have a real respect for the Franchise, and it’s not his fault if the CGI wasn’t even started before he left the greenscreen for the last time this time around.

#45 – I’m a Sci-Fi snob myself. But for Star Trek, I really can’t stand anything of the sort. Shouts the Litany “get a life!” every time I think of Shatner saying it, and remembers a line from the very first episode … as soon as dreams become more important than reality, you’re living a wasted life.”

Ebert is even older than I am, which is probably why he can’t fathom a movie designed to save a Studio or two, made for the 17-25 demographic, under the presumption that the core audience has never seen Star Trek.

But I can’t wait to see this movie. I really can’t. I do love Star Trek and know that a lot of people have been working very hard to give us what Les Moonves promised we would have once CBS / Viacom cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise – a bigger and better Star Trek.

So, I hope he’s right. There are actually three things I’m looking forward to even more than this movie this weekend … 3) Church on Sunday, 2) Date on Saturday, and 1) Science Friday!

49. John Sullivan - May 6, 2009

I just read the Ebert review and I agree one doesn’t even have to see the movie to realize that this isn’t exactly “where no man has gone before,” and that as I said yesterday in response to one of the webmaster’s posts, Kirk as we love and know him is the high-strung idealistic maverick statesman effective because he’s not only sure of himself, but right even when Vulcan logic dictates otherwise … and to see him as a hot-headed short-sighted punk stumbling around in life just to get by … that’s not our Kirk.

50. Kirk's Girdle - May 6, 2009

I actually think he sounds more like Sawyer, but his attitude is great.

51. Eduardo Cordeiro - May 6, 2009

The critics here in Brazil are all praising the new movie. It´s a first time for so good opinions here.
At first, I was looking this new Trek with fear….. Now I can´t wait Friday to see all by myself. I believe it´s hard for a non-fan to imagine how this moment is special for all Trek fans around the world.

52. John Sullivan - May 6, 2009

You guys on the West Coat feed HAVE to check out Jay Leno tonight – he does an AWESOME parody of this Star Trek …

53. S. John Ross - May 6, 2009

Urban remains the #1 reason why I’m onboard for this film and will, someday soon, have tickets in hand. This interview only adds to that; he demonstrates a lot of insight into his work; he clearly digs what he’s doing and cares about it.

I think what I was most hoping for in this film … and based on the reviews I’m beginning to suspect I’ll have to wait for the sequel … is a moment where it is established that Kirk has the leadership skills and the guts and the raw sense of justice and fairness but would make terrible, terrible moral and personal missteps (or oversteps) without Bones to provide perspective for him … a scene where Bones tries to offer that balance, but Kirk rejects it outright and people suffer, a lesson that Kirk never forgets (and, to keep it upbeat, a mistake that can be undone when he realizes the scope of the error), and one that leads him, hat-in-hand, to McCoy to ask him to be there for him the next time, a first step on that relationship we see throughout TOS and then in quiet moments in the films (most brilliantly in the early bits of TWoK).

I get the feeling that we _do_ get a story about how the Kirk & Spock relationship comes about, and a story that plays with the entertaining parts of the Bones & McCoy relationship … but that otherwise the forging of McCoy’s place in the trinity is left untouched. That’s my impression based on reviews and spoilers only; I can’t know yet if it’s the case.

I also get the feeling, at least from the marketing, that this film is offering an _alternate_ trinity in the form of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. And I’m pleased as punch that Uhura gets to shine, it’s just … well, McCoy is the heart of my Star Trek. Hey Burger King, isn’t there a glass missing?

54. Jeff Bond - May 6, 2009

Well, I am happy for those praying for this movie to fail that they finally got a negative review or two. It must have been awfully galling to listen to two or three weeks of solid raves…

55. VorpalK - May 6, 2009

Saw it tonight a couple hours ago (in IMAX no less). Beyond even my wildest expectations. Urban was absolutely fantastic as “Bones”. I have pre-order tickets for Saturday that I got before I was gifted my free preview tickets for Wednesday night.

Looking forward to seeing it again.

56. VorpalK - May 6, 2009

For the record, Roger Ebert ceased to be relevant about 15 years ago for any kind of movie. His opinion of Trek or any other SF movie has never been valid.

He’s a pretentious old man who thinks people care what he thinks.

Obscurity is that-a-way Mr. Ebert. God speed.

57. S. John Ross - May 6, 2009

#54: I’d be interested in seeing your evidence that there’s even a single person on the entire Earth who has been (as you assert) “praying for this movie to fail.”

I assume this would be a sub-set of the mythical “haters,” themselves apparently some sort of boggart or hobgoblin, used to frighten younger Trek-fans into eating their vegetables and cleaning their rooms.

58. Spock's Uncle - May 6, 2009

For the first time since I was 13, and preparing for TMP, I bought a Star Trek Uniform, ironed on the command patch as my wife watched in disbelief, and am prepared to reboot my love for this franchise as JJ reboots it’s vigor. I have watched most of the interviews with Pine/Quinto et al… and Anthony’s insightful interviews on these pages have kept me going. I can barely wait until 7pm tomorrow. I have plans to keep myself constantly busy until I go to the theater.

It’s more than a movie (or series thereof) and more than a TV show (or sereis thereof). It is a touchstone, and a beacon, and I am very optimistic that this incarnation will be as satisfying as the original, depsite the premise of alternative universes, etc. I’m all for that which keeps Trek in the forefront of our imagination, and part of our popular culture for years to come. Beam me up, immediately Mr. Scott.

59. Tormentor - May 6, 2009

Urban seems to be the only one with honest respect for the characters, their original actors and Star Trek itself.

60. Lucas - May 6, 2009

Just saw it. As a trek fan point of view. It was a major setback. As a non fan point of view, it was superb! Love Karl urban n Bana. Hated the lens flare, as McCoy says in the movie to Kirk. Your start to loose vision on your left eye.


Hated the spock n uhura kissing part….What the hell!
Hated the score…keeps repeating the same score!

61. SD - May 7, 2009

Having finally seen the film and I loved it and loved Urban! I also wish for more triumvirate and S-Mc banter :)

Karl Urban rocks.

62. Chris Fawkes - May 7, 2009

Star Trek was great. I just got home and will head back to see it again in an hour.

A couple of things i felt could have been better. The meeting of the two spocks in particular was a little too easy. It would have benefited by a better setup and younger spock not initially being aware who he was speaking to.

Also some knowledge of trek is required to work out how they are able to extract information to attack earth. It’s partially explained but if you don’t know trek it won’t mean anything.

Those things were minor really and i’m guessing that with an extra half an hour they would have panned out better but the story had time constraints.

When Kirk is in control he totally feels like the Captain Kirk we know. His cheating on the Kobayashi Maru is worth seeing the film alone for and it’s other subtle nod to TWOK was well done.

When Quinto first hits the screen it’s like “WOW!” he is Spock. I thought the emotion struggle was done perfectly. Trusting they won’t go into the Data Emotion chip ultra dickiness thing in future films.

The realism of the surroundings added to this film in a way that to my mind was much more consistent with initial vision Rodenberry had than the sterile plastic looking world that was too distant to any reality we could relate to.

The complexity and dynamic between the original characters meant they were always going to translate to the big screen well. The next gen crew were all so well mannered, placid and got along. That worked on tv but was not going to work for movies. Getting back to these characters was always going to the best move for the franchise and this film captures that chemistry all over again. Magic really.

Christopher Pike was a terrific character and embodied the characteristics of a strong and experienced leader.

Checkov passed but just in that he really was difficult to understand.

Zoe Saldana is a goddess. She was also great in the film and her connection with Spock really did make a lot of sense (as has already been said).

McCoy. Urban deserves a medal for his portrayal.

Simon pegg i would go see a film just because his name was in the credits.

A really terrific movie and it really is exciting to see the original characters given a new lease of life and the development they deserve.

I’m hoping non trekkies will love this film too and we’ll see many future films. I’m a little biased so only time will tell.

63. S. John Ross - May 7, 2009

#15: Sadly, one of the realities of the way franchise films are made these days is that the trilogy isn’t just common practice, it’s also a standard way to structure the contract.

What that very likely means is: by all means, love this crew, but don’t get attached. Three movies from now, some of them may be eager to sign on again, but some of them may be eager to avoid typecasting, or may become megastars too booked or expensive, etc … Or maybe there’ll just be a new team eager to put their own fresh stamp on things.

This new Star Trek, realistically, isn’t going to usher in a 40-year Pine/Quinto/Urban era … but rather an ongoing tradition (if the franchise prospers) of seeing new actors periodically take on these roles.

64. Tormentor - May 7, 2009

63. And by doing that, the characters will more and more lose their substance. When our kids have to choose between a Shatner-Kirk, a Pine-Kirk, a Somebody-Kirk, a Somebodyelse-Kirk, a Yetanother-Kirk… that will be stupid.

And now don’t try to argue with “It worked for Bond…” because Bond is a hollow series of standalone movies. The wonderful thing about Star Trek was its substance and continuity. For 40 years it was one epic story of 4 Captains experiencing adventures in one giant ongoing storyline spanning more than 100 years.

This movie is still part of that, given that Nimoy plays Spock again and Nero originates from the original 24th century timeline. But when you start recasting the actors again and again like James Bond… that will take away from Star Trek instead of adding to it.

65. cagmar - May 7, 2009

#56 and others, you may not like Ebert, but his concerns are things that have been voiced time and again on this site by numerous fans – including myself. Where is the philosophy? Where is the science fiction? All I’m seeing and hearing is booms and bangs and flash and effects. I have yet to see a thought-provoking or challenging trailer. I have yet to stop and think about anything I’ve seen. The introduction to McCoy, for example, I’m so busy trying to figure out what words he’s slurring that I don’t even have time to consider what he’s saying. If the whole movie is at that pace, then I’m not sure it is something that will give us anything to think about. Ebert’s review is very relevant and I hope the writers for the next film pay serious attention to these philosophical and sci-fi deficits.

66. Chris Fawkes - May 7, 2009

@65 “I have yet to stop and think about anything I’ve seen”

Like Nemesis or generations or insurrection?

67. BwimBwim - May 7, 2009

McCoy sometimes stepped towards racism? You gotta be kidding right? Only someone caught up in the pc movement would interpret him that way. What an embarassment to ask Karl to comment on such an idiotic notion.

I look at it more like this… that the character of Bones gives me hope that in the future that we won’t be so frickin’ uptight about being politically correct. And that we can be bold enough to speak our minds without instantly being labeled racist.

68. Daoud - May 7, 2009

Ebert needs to retire.

He blathers on about “Science Fiction”… and in a PRO REVIEW edited by many…

he misspells Arthur C. Clarke!!!! (Yep, look, he writes “Clark”.)

Even beyond that, he seems to be reviewing the movie after already watching the yet unwritten, yet unfilmed, yet released sequel!

Yes, I’m sure the sequel will be even better, because like Star Trek TWOK, it didn’t have to reintroduce the characters. Everyone assumed you’d seen Star Trek or TMP and thus knew them already.

69. Closettrekker - May 7, 2009

#54—“Well, I am happy for those praying for this movie to fail that they finally got a negative review or two. It must have been awfully galling to listen to two or three weeks of solid raves…”


To quote my favorite doctor—–“I don’t doubt it.”

70. Closettrekker - May 7, 2009

#57—-“I’d be interested in seeing your evidence that there’s even a single person on the entire Earth who has been (as you assert) “praying for this movie to fail…I assume this would be a sub-set of the mythical “haters,” themselves apparently some sort of boggart or hobgoblin, used to frighten younger Trek-fans into eating their vegetables and cleaning their rooms.”

I have seen posts here that say that very thing. Just yesterday, I read a post that contended that the only way that “real Star Trek” will be saved is if we all boycott this movie and cause it to fail.

The poster in question was actually pleading with the other readers not to buy tickets!

That may not literally be “praying for the movie to fail”, but it’s close enough.

71. GaryS - May 7, 2009

Fortunately I think we are now at the point where if everybody here boycatted the film it would still succeed.
I think we have quite a few new fans out there .

72. Holger - May 7, 2009

I love Karl Urban’s McCoy. Great performance!
Did anyone else think it was very similar to John Kelley’s Bones (Phase II)? I thought so, and I guess that’s a big compliment to John Kelley – coming so close (and coming in first, actually) to the Bones-interpretation of an accomplished professional actor.

73. Ayries Kukku - May 7, 2009

Karl Urban has become one of the major reasons I’m so excited for when I see the film this Saturday. He just seems absolutely brilliant, and really dedicated. :D

74. Holger - May 7, 2009

54 Jeff Bond: “Well, I am happy for those praying for this movie to fail that they finally got a negative review or two. It must have been awfully galling to listen to two or three weeks of solid raves…”

But a bigger number of positive reviews does not give quality to the movie, on the other hand.

75. S. John Ross - May 7, 2009

#70: “That may not literally be “praying for the movie to fail””

Indeed it isn’t. And that’s my point: that gross confrontational overstatement on the side of “loving” Star Trek makes loving it every bit as ugly as “hating” it.

Rise above, or sink below. There’s no stopping at the beast ;)

76. Rastaman - May 7, 2009

“I look forward, if I get the opportunity, to continue to develop it in further installments…”

Music to my ears.

It’s funny, when I originally heard some details about the movie, I mostly anticipated seeing Leonard Nimoy on screen. But now, I am most looking forward to seeing DeForrest Kelley come alive again through Urban’s portrayal. For me, at least, I’ve come to realize that Bones is the character I’ve missed the most since the original actors left the stage.

77. cagmar - May 7, 2009

hehe… #65, don’t get me started on the complexities of generations, nemesis or insurrection. I mean, I’ll admit that nemesis suffered from similar issues as this movie – where it had some great philosophies to debate and great ideas to explore but it never really opened them up.

But come on! Generations was masterfully philosophical. Let’s use an example that’s easy to forget… When Soran has captured Geordi and he’s saying that Geordi should change his visor, get real eyes because shouldn’t he be ashamed he’s not normal? And Geordi asks, What’s normal? And Soran says, “Normal is what everybody else IS, and you are not.” … and then the movie gives you time to think about that. And that’s just one small example. Is time a predator? Is time an ally? Does time try to take things away from us? Or does it remind us to value the things here and now? What is your relationship to time? Astonishing philosophies. DO NOT get me started.

And insurrection? I know it’s not popular, but it’s about my second or third favorite Trek ever. There’s a lot to talk about there. And I’d love to… because Trek is about those discussions. Consider Ebert’s attack on it, why don’t you? If you could give immortality to the Federation, is moving all those people out of their homes wrong? It’s not so black and white when you really consider it…

78. cagmar - May 7, 2009

sorry, I am talking to #66

79. Michael makes it so... - May 7, 2009

he was amazing in the role and hope we get the next film!!!!
loved it!! JJ is god

80. Andy D - May 8, 2009

This movie was AMAZING and Urban played a PERFECT McCoy!! Pine and Quinto played their roles perfectly, and if you ask me Anton was OUTSTANDING as Chekov, talk about underrated!!

Honestly, I thought the only member of the new crew who didnt remind me of the old was Cho’s Sulu. To me it seemed more like John Cho playing John Cho. He didnt seem to do ANYTHING Sulu-like in the entire movie.

And that is about my only complaint! Im certainly not going to nitpick this film because its THAT DAM GOOD, so I just hope some of the picky trekkies can get over it and enjoy this movie!! Because I cant imagine it getting much better then this folks.


81. Ctipps2161 - May 8, 2009

Lovely interview, this clip of Karl’s McCoy instantly revamped my enthusiasm for Urban in ST:XI since I had initially heard of his (and Pegg’s) casting. Now, Urban initially caught my eye and embarrassingly (for the first time) my libido in “The Bourne Supremacy” and I’m glad to see him hit a broad audience and shine!

Karl Urban’s eloquent responses remind me of the moral elements in ST, that made ST:TNG’s weekly airings, and ST:TOS marathons “church night” throughout my childhood. A real gentleman.

To TrekMovie team: ‘
Thank you for a great site…I stumbled here one night looking for all the associated marketing for the movie, and after sending multiple e-mails to my Trekkie father, bookmarked the blog & I’ve been lurking ever since. You’ve really helped this out-of-work loner feel connected to the anticipation that makes opening night great!

Watched 7pm Thus. showing, and now it’s 6:45am Fri and I’m still looking around at all those spoiler posts I avoided earlier. THANKS

82. Engage - May 8, 2009

#65/77-I’m hoping you have seen the film by now and realized that (with all due respect) you had no idea what you were talking about by judging the movie on philosophical merits just based on the trailer. This movie answers the question of what would you become if something significant in your past was changed. There is nothing more deeply philosophical than asking “if this had happened in my life, would I still be the same person?”

83. Captain Kathryn - May 9, 2009

I’m a little late reading his interview. I always thought DeForest Kelly had a certian sex appeal of honesty and caringness. I see that in Urban as he plays off of Kelly’s character. It is good to see at least one actor trying to respect Kelly’s character of McCoy. The playful banter between him and Spock has always been a highlight of the series. And Spock would play right along with it. McCoy’s sensitivity is what made the show human. And I think that Urban fits very nicely into the McCoy saddle. He seems like a real nice guy. Urban will continue to awaken the McCoy character that we all know and love.

84. SHARON - May 26, 2009

ONLY main roles for him.
great actor.

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