A number of interviews with Star Trek actors, both past and present, have cropped up online over the last few weeks. We have Sir Patrick Stewart discussing X-Men, Anton Yelchin talking Star Trek 2012, and Dominic Keating on… The Hobbit? Also, Jeri Ryan is confirmed for the Mortal Kombat web series. Click “more” for, well… more. [Update]: New video added.
[Update]: Pixar writer-director Brad Bird, who is currently directing Simon Pegg (the new “Scotty”) in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, delivered a taped acceptance speech for receiving a career achievement award at the Annie Awards this weekend. Is it us, or does his speech seem a little… forced?” (jump to 4:30 [SPOILER–highlight to view: for a cameo appearance by Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise])
Dominic Keating talks Enterprise, Star Trek 2009, and waiting for a Hobbit
In an interview with LotsOfInterviews.com, Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) discusses his reasons for becoming an actor, his early career in the UK, and his approach to his character on Enterprise. He also talked about auditioning for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, which, as we all know now, didn’t pan out:
I don’t think they knew who I was [laughter] I think I went back a couple of times and I’ve got a feeling they did a bit of diligence and they went “oh sorry we didn’t know that” [laughter] The part got cut down to a voice over when I finally got to see it but before they got cut there were a couple of scenes where Kirk’s abusive father caused him to make a dash to the border as it were.
For those who don’t recall, the character to which Keating is referring is that of Jim Kirk’s Uncle Frank. The role ultimately went to Brad William Henke, but his scene was cut from the film and the character reduced to a voice-over provided by Greg Grunberg and credited as “Stepdad.”
Keating also revealed that he has auditioned for a little film (well, two little films) called The Hobbit and is currently waiting for a callback:
And I’m still waiting to hear on the Hobbit. They’ve been in production a long time to get this going but they lost their director which is maybe why I haven’t heard anything yet so fingers crossed. There’s a couple of parts which I read for and they were pretty good auditions.
TrekMovie.com will let you know if Keating does end up cast in The Hobbit. Like he said, fingers crossed! The full interview, in which Keating discusses other upcoming projects and his shorter-than-expected run on both Heroes and Sons of Anarchy, can be found here.
Sir Patrick talks X-Men and James McAvoy
Speaking with Los Angeles Times‘ Hero Complex, Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) says he is pleased with the casting of James McAvoy as Professor Xavier in the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Stewart, who played Xavier in the first three X-Men films and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, praised McAvoy’s talent, saying “it is nice to see a role that you created go forward with someone you admire.” Stewart also claimed that “the best thing” he ever did was a scene for one of the X-Men movies which got cut from the film:
I had to get Xavier’s wheelchair into this elevator and it was just an inch wider than the chair. I worked on it and worked on it; I got to the point that I could zoom right — whoosh – and spin on that wheel and be facing the camera. It was brilliant. It was probably the best scene of my career. It didn’t make it in.
Check out the full interview at Hero Complex. By the way, you’ll be able to hear Stewart in the new CG-animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, which opens this Friday.
Anton Yelchin talks Star Trek 2012
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Anton Yelchin (the new Chekov) discussed his new film, Like Crazy, which screened at Sundance and was purchased by Paramount for $4 million. During the discussion, he briefly touched on the prospect of returning for the Star Trek sequel. Asked if he liked knowing another big movie was on the way, he replied:
I guess. It’s mostly the fact that I”ll get to work with these people again. It’s just those people, come together and maybe make another cool movie.
Check out the full interview at Cinema Blend.
Jeri Ryan returning as Sonya for Mortal Kombat webseries
Star Trek: Voyager’s Seven of Nine, Jery Ryan has confirmed via her Twitter feed that she will be reprising the role of Sonya Blade in the upcoming “Mortal Kombat” web series. Ryan starreed in Kevin Tancharoen’s short film “Rebirth” last year. Tancharoen will also be returning to direct the official digital web series:
“This evening I head to Vancouver to shoot Mortal Kombat! (NOW it’s official)”
Ryan will soon be seen in the ABC midseason series Body of Proof.
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