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Watch: Simon Pegg & Tom Hanks Do Star Trek Trivia + Hanks Wants Star Trek Sequel Role June 11, 2011

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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks joined Star Trek’s Simon Pegg on The Graham Norton Show last night where the pair nerded out on their shared love for Trek. Pegg ‘beamed’ Hanks up, Hanks expressed interest in appearing in the next Star Trek movie and he and Pegg even held a mini Star Trek trivia contest. Watch how it all worked out below.


Tom Hanks wants to be Romulan + Trek Trivia Contest With Simon Pegg

Tom Hanks says he wants to be a "peaceful Romulan" in the next Star Trek movie, and talks Star Trek trivia with Simon Pegg on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show.

POLL: Which Celeb Should Get Their Star Trek Sequel Role?

A number of celebrities have expressed interest in appearing in the next Star Trek movie. Which one would you most like to see? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments below.

Which Celeb Should Get In Star Trek Sequel?

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1. Bill Peters - June 11, 2011

Let hanks have a camo as an Allen!

2. Rico - June 11, 2011

That’s awesome! Tom would be great in Trek!

3. James - June 11, 2011

Tom Hanks as Commodore Matt Decker – that is all.

4. dmduncan - June 11, 2011

What a predicament. Would JJ overrule Bob and hire Hanks?

5. James - June 11, 2011

Could Bob patch up his differences with Tom over the Kennedy assassination? *goes to get popcorn and watch it play out*

6. KHAN 2.0 - June 11, 2011

4 why would JJ have to overrule boborci?

3 – Hanks as Decker = YES!

H Ford as Head of Starfleet too

the sequel could use some names to help sell it overseas so why not

7. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 11, 2011

OMG… it’s always awkward… for me at least… when it appears a hot girl and mentions the ears… of Spock, of course… always a joke, right? LOL

Tom Hanks was great!

:-) :-)

8. KHAN 2.0 - June 11, 2011

nice to see they went with the movie era (II-VI) transporter FX instead of TOS

9. boborci - June 11, 2011

The one good thing about having hanks would be that we coud debate the jfk assassination, and maybe i could talk some sense into him.

10. Cygnus-X1 - June 11, 2011


11. ralph PC - June 11, 2011

Mr. Bob Orci,please, Hanks in Star Trek sequel

12. Dean Mellis - June 11, 2011

Commodore Matt Decker in the sequel: Hell yes!
But played by Tom Hanks: No

13. Cygnus-X1 - June 11, 2011

You know, Bob…the Enterprise could go back in time to see what really happened with the JFK assassination in the alternate universe.

Wouldn’t that be an interesting premise for a movie — a politics/sci-fi/American history story with the Enterprise and her crew at its nexus.

And then you could talk some sense into everyone who sees your movie….

14. OMGWTFBBQ - June 11, 2011

Rosario Dawson as a hot Vulcan vying for Spock’s…err…”input” to help repopulate the decimated Vulcan race. Hilarity ensues when Uhura finds out Spock did the “logical thing” by going all Pon Farr on Rosario’s character.

15. Vultan - June 11, 2011

Or maybe Hanks could talk some sense into Orci…
Hey, every wall has to crumble eventually, no matter how thick.

16. Darkthunder - June 11, 2011

I’d love to see Tom Hanks make a cameo on Star Trek (show or movie). Problem is, i’m not sure if it would be beneficial or not to the rest of the cast, seeing as he would likely “steal the show” by being a part of it.

An alternate-universe version of Commodore Decker would be fun to see in the sequel. Question is, would he outrank Admiral Pike? Don’t know if they specified his “Admiral” rank, if it was Rear Admiral / Vice Admiral or full Admiral.

17. Anthony Pascale - June 11, 2011

I am in favor of a Hanks role, but I think he needs to break out of his apparently self-imposed box of playing nice guys. I think he would make an interesting villain playing against type, kind of like Tom Cruise in the 2004 Michael Mann movie “Collateral” Maybe not the main villain, but part of the bad guy side. A role like the Klingon judge in Star Trek VI.

Plus having Hanks in the film can only help in terms of foreign box office, which has always been a Star Trek weak point

18. James - June 11, 2011

Remember Pike saying to Kirk that The Starfleet needed more people like him – Decker could be the example of that, someone who is looked upon with awe by those new to the service (interesting side story could be he doesnt really get on with Pike and they are both trying to impress their views of what a command officer should be upon Kirk) , It’s not until the Doomsday Machine that he goes off the rails!!

19. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 11, 2011


What is your beef wi Hanks on the assassination?

My cousin Jimmy Di Eugenio wrote Destiny Betrayed. Amazing read. Personally I think he and Ollie Stone miss out a bit discounting Trafacante, Marcello and Momo who all had very good reasons and the power to assemble a crew of mechanics for the job.

20. Sunfell - June 11, 2011

The “ear guy”?

I think that Hanks would be a great addition to the cast- whether as a villain or some other character. I’d love to see him as one of Spock’s uncles on his mom’s side or something.

“But you have to try/do this! We’re related!”

21. Phil - June 11, 2011

Cameo my ass!! He needs a part that will help the foreign box office. So, no alien makup….maybe a bit ambigious if he’s a good guy or not.

Oh, he directs, too. Solves another problem for JJ….

22. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 11, 2011

#17 – Anthony Pascale …

YES!!!! …

:-) :-)

23. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - June 11, 2011

Harrison Ford as Admiral Robert April.


Tom Hanks as Spock’s distant uncle…

Paul Giammatti as evil Klingon.

And I would warn Mr. Hanks about the dangers of being a Romulan–Uhura/Zoe Saldana might come and kick his ass if he’s not careful. (she said so herself.)

And just to show the nerd I truly am: Kirk called Spock “an overgrown jackrabbit” and “an elf with a hyperactive thyroid”. THEN he tried to beat his captain to a pulp.

24. rm10019 - June 11, 2011

I actually told Mr. Frakes that Tom Hanks wanted a role in Trek, and they almost got him for Cochrane.

25. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 11, 2011

#9- boborci…

Mr. Bob Orci… is this the moment that can I beg for definitive news about the sequel? … PLEASE! … SOONER! ….LOL

Be nice to us, boborci … we need it!


26. Tiberius III - June 11, 2011

Decker was about ten to fifteen years older than Kirk, so I’m thinking Brad Pitt maybe?

27. ster j - June 11, 2011

3. James! That’s BRILLIANT!

28. ster j - June 11, 2011

22. Okay, lose but no cigar. The script says the following:

KIRK: All right, you mutinous, disloyal, computerised, half-breed, we’ll see about you deserting my ship.
SPOCK: The term half-breed is somewhat applicable, but computerised is inaccurate. A machine can be computerized, not a man.
KIRK: What makes you think you’re a man? You’re an overgrown jackrabbit, an elf with a hyperactive thyroid.
SPOCK: Jim, I don’t understand.
KIRK: Of course you don’t understand. You don’t have the brains to understand. All you have is printed circuits.
SPOCK: Captain, if you’ll excuse me.
KIRK: What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak whose father was a computer and his mother an encyclopedia?
SPOCK: My mother was a teacher. My father an ambassador.
KIRK: Your father was a computer, like his son. An ambassador from a planet of traitors. A Vulcan never lived who had an ounce of integrity.
SPOCK: Captain, please don’t
KIRK: You’re a traitor from a race of traitors. Disloyal to the core, rotten like the rest of your subhuman race, and you’ve got the gall to make love to that girl.
SPOCK: That’s enough.
KIRK: Does she know what she’s getting, Spock? A carcass full of memory banks who should be squatting in a mushroom, instead of passing himself off as a man? You belong in a circus, Spock, not a starship. Right next to the dog-faced boy.

(Thanks to )

29. andrew - June 11, 2011

I think Hanks should have a “not what he seems” role. A role that plays up his well known good guy persona, and then at the end he turns out to be a Klingon spy or something.

30. dmduncan - June 11, 2011

Paul Giamatti. Skull and Bones, true or false?

31. The 76th Distillation of Blue - June 11, 2011

I still wish the scheuling would have worked out for him to play cochran on FC, even though Jamie Cromwell was great. It would have been awesome to have seen Tom Hanks in that part.

32. Viking - June 11, 2011

#9 Bob – can you enlighten The Great Unwashed (read: ME) on this Hanks/Orci/JFK tiff in 25 words or less? Danke schön.

33. Iva - June 11, 2011

“A number of celebrities have expressed interest….”

How about – give us back McCoy who actually matters, fix the issues with the last movie,
and only then worry about who else to throw in just because?

34. jas_montreal - June 11, 2011

very nice. Now only if we can get Boborci to get a cameo in the film !

35. Diana - June 11, 2011

Bill Pullman!

36. njdss4 - June 11, 2011

@ #3 james: Brilliant! He must be in the movie now! I was thinking Hanks would make a funny Ferengi, but it doesn’t fit in the JJ TOS universe.

37. Red Dead Ryan - June 11, 2011

Tom Hanks rocks! Plus he wouldn’t overshadow the cast but still would help with the overseas marketing. Such a good actor. Probably a lot of fun to be with on set.

38. Green-Blooded-Bastard - June 11, 2011

@17. Anthony Pascale – June 11, 2011

Absolutely NOT! I would make him Admiral of the Fleet. Nothing but the best for a true trek fan!

39. NFXstudios - June 11, 2011

Hanks as Decker is brilliant!

40. Chadwick - June 11, 2011

Ive known Tom Hanks has been a Star Trek fan for ages, to see someone ‘like him’ in a Star Trek movie, would be a pleasant surprise!

41. Red Dead Ryan - June 11, 2011

Whoopi Goldberg did like fourty episodes of TNG, why can’t Tom Hanks be in the next movie?

42. Snugglepuff - June 11, 2011

Hell yeah, I’d love to see Hanks in the next Trek!!

43. Chadwick - June 11, 2011

Ok ok Bob, if not for the second then for the third film get some big name Star Trek fan in the movie. There is a vast list of famous stars who are Star Trek fans. Nimoy aside, Greenwood was the biggest name in the film and as much as I love him is still kinda B actor, not really on the A list like Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Daniel Craig, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams to name a few. The last big name in Star Trek was…James Cromwell, Christopher Plummer before that Ricardo Montalban, and as much as they have done they are still B list actors in the world of motion pictures.

44. Sarah - June 11, 2011

Tom Hanks in the next movie would be great. I still want to see Bill Murray in the next movie. I’ve been posting that periodically throughout the past year, and I mean every word of it. Those who have seen all of his work know he is a wonderful actor and besides, he’ really clean up well in a Captian’s uniform ;o)

45. Andy Patterson - June 11, 2011

I could have played trivia with them and held my own.

46. boborci - June 11, 2011

32. Hanks, i have read, is producing Vincent Buglios’s horrible recent book as an HBO mini-series, which attempts to make the case that Oswald acted alone.

47. trekboi88 - June 11, 2011

43: What about Malcolm McDowell? He was a big name by that time. I mean, come on! A Clockwork Orange?!

48. Alex G - June 11, 2011

I vote that Tom Hanks plays Robert April.

49. Harry Ballz - June 11, 2011

Someone should pull a “Clockwork Orange” on Tom Hanks, tie him to a chair, pry his eyelids open and force him to read the book, JFK And the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass. This one book is staggering for it’s detailed research and evidence in proving a conspiracy in the JFK assassination.

50. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 11, 2011

Bob. I do agree with you on that. Not just trying to kiss up either. For what happned that day I just do not see one man pulling this off alone. But. IDIC. Get Hanks to play Commodore Decker.

51. dmduncan - June 11, 2011

46. boborci – June 11, 2011

How bout my question, Bob? Slanderous lie or some truth to that? Do you know???

52. Vultan - June 11, 2011

Refusing to work with someone over an opinion of something that happened decades ago is simply childish.

53. dmduncan - June 11, 2011

52. Vultan – June 11, 2011

I wish it was just one incident decades ago. I wish that was all it was.

54. Harry Ballz - June 11, 2011

It was the crime of the century and THEY got away with it!

55. Viking - June 11, 2011

#46 – Bob – Chances are, we’ll never know. Was Oswald working for the Soviets? The Mob? The Cubans? The CIA? Were there two gunmen? Was Oswald even really there? Was he just a patsy (knowingly or not) and Jack Ruby was paid to shut him up? Was he even that good a shot with a Carcano from that distance, and at a moving target? That’s where I really get thrown off the scent – I own a similar type of rifle, a Russian Nagant 91/30 (AKA, the ‘Baltic Flamethrower’) that chambers a bigger round (7.62×54), and it’s a blunderbuss with few equals. The Soviets had to mod and scope them for their snipers, and I can tell you that getting off three shots with a bolt-action that quick, at a non-stationary target, from that distance (even with optics), with that amount of foreground noise, and still take down your target, is a real feat. I’m ex-army and was a federal guard, and there are some square pegs that the Warren Commission couldn’t hammer into round holes to my liking. I think Kennedy got himself done by committee. Now, by whom is another matter.
But personally, what I really wanna know about is what’s really behind the conspiracy theory over WW II Nazi bases at the South Pole. Tell J.J. to put that one in his production queue. :-)

56. Vultan - June 11, 2011

As far as I know, Kennedy was the last US president to be assassinated. Not exactly a crime wave we’re talking about here. And all the guys—the “THEY” to which you disciples of Fox Mulder refer—are now either dead or close to it. Whether you believe it was the CIA (who seem to be involved in killing the right people these days—Bin Laden—say no more), the Mafia, the Soviet Union, the Cubans—it’s all pretty much a non-issue at this point in history. The 60s are over… man.

Now how about some breaking news on the McKinley and Garfield cases? Geez, Lincoln and the K-man get all the attention!

57. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011


JFK was killed by LBJ and his inner cabal of evil-doers. Who else had the power to pull the Secret Service off protecting the President AND whitewash the investigation?

58. Viking - June 12, 2011

Actually Bob, after thinking about it, it probably would be a hoot with Hanks on the set – you two seem to have each others short-n-curlies and are engaging in a tugging contest, but Hanks seems to be enough of a Trek geek that he’d surrender home field advantage and enter the lion’s den for the chance to leave his eternal thumbprint in Trek canon. Just be sure to Google ‘Lee Harvey Oswald Band’ and print out that Photoshopped pic to tape to his mirror. HA! :-)

59. Viking - June 12, 2011

Harry – maybe, maybe not. That will be for future historians to discover. As long as this Republic still exists, there will be entities somewhere who will make sure that the cold, clinical truth never sees sunlight, as they do with so much that makes the world go ’round without our knowing. You and I, my friend, will be two age-weathered boxes of dog bones before that happens.


60. Viking - June 12, 2011

Oh,, Bob, if I count ‘mini-series’ as a hyphenated single word, you actually DID do it in 25 words or less. LMAO!

61. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 12, 2011

I just want to see the new cast (including Bruce Greenwood) do their thing and with a good story, I am sure they will. Frankly, I couldn’t care less about having roles/cameos for anyone else, A-list or otherwise. Give this new young cast a chance to shine!

62. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011


you may be right, but I’m still hoping for some piece of explosive evidence to burp to the surface and expose everything.

63. MJ - June 12, 2011

@9. Bob, I fear the more likely scenario would be JJ pulling you quietly aside before Hank’s shooting begins and telling you to try keep your mouth zipped on your conspiracy opinions. :-)

64. Jürgen - June 12, 2011

Want to see all of them!! ;-)

65. NCC-73515 - June 12, 2011

Hanks should of course be a Klingon General. Just imagine him with a Klingon beard.

66. DJT - June 12, 2011

@ 14. Spock did the “logical thing” by going all Pon Farr on Rosario’s character.

Who needs logic! It’s Rosario Dawson! :)

67. Mel - June 12, 2011

I would like to see James McAvoy. He is a great actor and still young.

Tom Hanks’s best time is a thing of the past. He was HUGE in the 90s and the early years of this new century, but he isn’t now. I would prefer it, if they give a role to a currently popular actor or a nobody, who may get popular through the Star Trek movie.

68. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 12, 2011

#14 – “Rosario Dawson as a hot Vulcan vying for Spock’s…err…”input” to help repopulate the decimated Vulcan race. Hilarity ensues when Uhura finds out Spock did the “logical thing” by going all Pon Farr on Rosario’s character.”

In all seriousness, that could make for a good sub-plot. It is a logical follow-on to events in the last film.

69. Tanner Waterbury - June 12, 2011

Didn’t Mythbusters do a JFK Assassination special one time? I vaguely remember them proving that it was plausible that Oswald acted alone, though there were a couple questions still needing answered. Ah who cares, bring in Hanks, then bring in Dawson as well… matter of fact, you should use Rosario AS Uhura, she’d do a good job with that.

70. trekker 5 - June 12, 2011

Yes I think Tom Hanks should be in Trek12!! He would be great! Hes such a good actor,and likes Trek,so I think it would work out nicely. (That is unless he and Bob get in a fight!) :)

71. trekker 5 - June 12, 2011

Oh,and Anthony,very funny video,thank you for the story!! :)

72. Trek Lady - June 12, 2011

Heck, why have the new cast at all! There are so many actors who “want” to be in Star Trek , why not just hand the whole thing over to them?

The problem with A list actors, in my opinion, is that they are TOO well known. When I see them, I think, “Oh, there is (insert name of famous actor)” and it throws me out of the film. That is fine for just another one-shot film I go to see for a couple hours of entertainment, but for a franchise film that I want to watch over and over, it is just a turn-off.

73. Jim - June 12, 2011

Admiral Hanks

74. VZX - June 12, 2011

I also vote for Tom Hanks as Matt Decker. That would be The Awesome.

75. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 12, 2011

What is this obsession with Commodore Matt Decker? OK, he was a character in a good episode called the Doomsday Machine. Actually, I can recall the very first time I saw that episode. I was very young. I watched on a b/w television set and it scared the hell out of me… I have seen the episode lots since then, in glorious colour. I guess Decker is like Khan, been done already.

76. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

Well, either I ask really good questions, or I ask really bad questions.

And maybe both at the same time.

77. Anthony L. - June 12, 2011

Kick Deep Roy to the curb! Hanks for Keenser!

78. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011


I’ve got it! Put Tom Hanks in the movie, but have him cast as a renegade hitman who tries to assassinate the President of the Federation by firing a death ray from The Grassy Knoll Nebula.

That’ll drive him NUTS!!


79. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

lol. I like it.

80. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

The hitman’s code name has to be Bilderberg.

81. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011

Yes, and just like the Joker’s “WHY SO SERIOUS?” tagline, the character of Bilderberg will be (just before shooting a victim) heard to mutter, “SHALL WE TAKE A MEETING?”


82. Thomas Jensen - June 12, 2011

Hanks reference to watching Star Trek on channel 2 at 6:00 pm each night is an experience many local trek fans shared at the time. In the San Francisco Bay area the show was ‘stripped’ and aired five night a week, starting in, as I recall late September, early October 1969. It was a big deal at the time, to be able to see it once again. Of course, many scenes were cut for commercials, a few of us went down to the station and we’re able to pick-up some discarded film clips, which were traded and collected for future use in our local conventions.

Tom Hanks went to school in Oakland and is went to school with a good friend of mine. I’d love for him to be in the next movie. Good guy or bad, he’d be great. I’d prefer for him to be a good guy, say, a Starfleet Admiral.

Perhaps he could be a standard figure in all the movies, just seen on a viewing screen, giving Kirk and the crew their orders from afar, much like in the original series. Kirk’s go-to guy when he needs advice by subspace radio, waiting weeks for his answer…

Let the older guys who supported the original show have a little fun, too.

83. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011


I’m about to turn 56 and, being one of the “older guys”, I appreciate your post!

84. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 12, 2011

I’ve read interviews of some great actors commenting … “which is a very interesting challenge to play a villain”… the good guy can be very boring sometimes …

:-) :-)

85. MJ - June 12, 2011

@75. Well for me, that my my favorite TOS episode.

86. Majicou - June 12, 2011

No, they didn’t. They’ve taken on the loony theory that the moon landings were a hoax, they’ve tried to figure out what went wrong in the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler, and they’ve examined what caused the Hindenburg to burn so quickly, but nothing on JFK.

87. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2011


Actually, in one Mythbusters episode, I think they tried to prove that a shot from behind COULD propel Kennedy’s head backwards. It was a lame episode as it proved nothing.

88. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

81. Harry Ballz – June 12, 2011


89. Basement Blogger - June 12, 2011

Wow. That’s some fine acting talent that is interested in being in Star Trek. I saw James McAvoy in X: Men. He was great. Would love to see him as a young Picard. If there is so much interest in Star Trek from famous actors and the public, why doesn’t CBS do another TV series, say on SyFy?

90. ster j - June 12, 2011

Rosario Dawson as T’Pring! Uhura vs. T’Pring–Now *there’s* a catfight waiting to happen!

91. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

“The meeting…”

Bilderberg disassembles his rifle into two parts with an emphatic “click.”

“…is adjourned.”

92. Christopher Roberts - June 12, 2011

If you’ve Tom Hanks in your film, you want him to recognisable… Tom Hanks is a movie-star, he basically plays Tom Hanks doesn’t he? He’s not the type of character actor who transforms himself with each new role. Wears extensive make-up or any radical disguise. So he’d have to be a member of Starfleet or human at any rate.

Plus if you’re trying to boost international audiences, makes sense you can see him.

93. N - June 12, 2011

please god, no tom hanks

94. MJ - June 12, 2011

@87. Mythbusters is in on the JFK cover-up, as Mythbusters is produced by Discovery Communications, whose CEO, David Zaslav, is rumored to be a member of the Bilderberg Group.

FYI, I believe that Steve Irwin, with his inside connections into Discover Communications, was investigating this connection, and his death was ordered by the Bilderberg Group to silence him before he went public.

95. MJ - June 12, 2011

Additional info from my research (yes, this is really on the Internet):

“It is virtually impossible a sting ray can kill a man, especially a big heavy underwater experienced man like Steve. His death video at the last minutes is never released and the cause of his death hasn’t been offically announced by a skilled forensic team. These facts suggests something is wrong, something is conspiracy. I think It’s a lie and the mass media just do what’s being told and don’t know what they are talking about.”

96. Bill Peters - June 12, 2011

I say have the Myth busters do a Camo in the next Trek Movie!

97. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

94. MJ – June 12, 2011

You sound like Glenn Beck now, and just as clueless. The Bilderbergers LOVE people like you. Heck, I’m sure Dr. Strangelove himself (Henry Kissinger) would like to pat you on the bum and give you a lollipop!

98. MJ - June 12, 2011

@97. LOL. Glenn Beck, the star of “your” hobby?

99. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

I’m no Glenn Beck fan, bro. He makes fun of the Bilderbergs too, right before he launches into a rant against Van Jones and how the commies are coming.

Common sense dictates that reasonable people be suspicious about what sort of discussions people like Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller are leading in closed door meetings with heads of industry and capital worldwide at a now not so secret group started by an SS Nazi, once the existence of that group becomes known.

100. Battle-scarred Sciatica - June 12, 2011

who is Tom Hanks?

101. MJ - June 12, 2011

@99 Occam’s razor, my friend. Occam’s razor!

102. MJ - June 12, 2011

@99. Here is another conspiracy I have uncovered. You mentioned Van Jones. I have uncovered that Van’s birth mom is: “Mother Jones”! The mass media will not cover this emerging story for some reason?

103. N - June 12, 2011

I would like to see Rachel Weisz in Trek, she was great in the first 2 Mummy films and her character getting re-cast killed Mummy 3

104. MJ - June 12, 2011

JJ: “Damon, Mr. Hanks is going to be on set in 5 minutes. What are we going to do about the Orci situation?”

Damon: “I’m afraid to bring it up with him. You know how he gets that crazy look in his eyes and that spot of drool on the left corner of his mouth when anything about the U.S. government is brought up.”

JJ: “Well, what are we going to do then. The Studio Execs are going to freak out if he goes Kennedy conspiracy apeshit on Mr. Hanks.”

Damon: “I have an idea. Every time Bob tries to bring up the Kennedy stuff, let’s one of us jump in and say, “so Tom, how about that Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen movie?” ”

JJ: “Well that is a start.”

Damon: “And if that doesn’t work, elbow Hanks in the ribs and say, ‘ Tom, this is the guy who created the implied hotness between Xena and Gabriel, you dig that, don’t you Tommy Boy?” ”

JJ: “You know, that just might work!”

105. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

101. MJ – June 12, 2011

@99 Occam’s razor, my friend. Occam’s razor!

Yes, and what would you like to know about it? It’s proper use? When it becomes a fallacious persuasion tactic, i.e., an argumentum ad simplicitas?

Pulling that on me is like swaggering up to a lion and advising it on how to take down a zebra.

102. MJ – June 12, 2011

Oh, I see where you are coming from. You think that if any of this was true then the media you respect would be all over it. That’s what I used to think.

But if you are familiar with Manufacturing Consent then you know that the MSM is corporate driven, and the news reported largely reflects the bias of corporate interests and motives. The biases actually distort PERCEPTIONS, you see? So that important news looks trivial and not newsworthy.

FYI, a Bilderberg meeting just concluded in Switzerland, and you probably didn’t hear a damn word about it anywhere in the MSM. I don’t really know because I stopped watching TV news soon after Diane Sawyer went uselessly stumbling around Japan after the tsunami, like a lost Alzheimer’s patient.

But there’s good news: The anti Bilderberg sentiment is growing, it is grass roots, and it is very much international in composition. Swiss, German, French, Spanish, American — awareness is growing.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

That was from the father of Public Relations, Edward Bernays.

106. CmdrR - June 12, 2011

Tom Hanks, yes! But, a new character.

107. Andy Patterson - June 12, 2011

I know, not the place,…but yay, way to go Mavs!

108. MJ - June 12, 2011

@105. DM, I do admire both your knowledge and your commitment to your worldview, even if I don’t agree with it.

109. dmduncan - June 12, 2011

108. MJ – June 12, 2011


110. Woulfe - June 12, 2011

Tom Hanks is a huge fan, even if he played a RED SHIRT he’d love doing it


111. MJ - June 12, 2011

@107. Yea, great to see an unselfish team built the right way defeat a selfish team built the wrong way.

Would like the see Vancouver win tomorrow night — my Canadian friends like RDR and Harrry need to get a Stanley Cup victory, and I can’t stand Boston sports fans.

112. NoRez - June 12, 2011

Wow, I watched at 6pm too, only on the other coast! Good old Channel 11…. it drove my mom up the wall (not a fan by any means, lol.)

113. Red Dead Ryan - June 12, 2011


Thanks for the sentiment, MJ! Vancouver deserves the Stanley Cup after Canucks fans had to endure fourty years of mediocrity, losing and playoff disappointments.

The weird thing is, the Canucks are up 3-2 in the series but have been outscored 14-6 by the Boston Bruins. Game six takes place in Boston, where the boys from Beantown laid a beatdown on the ‘nucks in games 3 (8-1 B’s) and 4 (4-0 B’s). I predicted Vancouver in seven, which would mean every game in this series would have been won by the home team.

We’ll see if Vancouver shows up in Boston on Monday this time. Roberto Luongo has been sharp at home, but can’t stop a beach ball on the road for some reason.

114. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 12, 2011

Another OT – Christchurch, NZ has just had another two earthquakes today, 13 June. The first one was at about 1.00pm and the second one at 2.20pm. The first measured over 5 on the richter scale and the second was 6.8. The city has once again ground to a halt. No power to a lot of places at the moment…no deaths reported yet but people are missing and injured.

Since the first earthquake on 4 September 2010, Christchurch has had more than 5,000 after-shocks, some of measuring more than 5, and another three earthquakes since then, two of them today.

I am now half expecting within the next few days/couple of weeks for the volcanoes in Hawaii to be more active and more crap for Japan. Our volcano, Mt Ruapehu, in the middle of the North Island, is more active than normal. There was talk about not being able to open the mountain for skiing if it does not quieten down…

Funny old world – and then there is all this manmade crap in the Middle East…Geez.

115. Red Dead Ryan - June 12, 2011


I hope everyone’s alright down there. Hopefully, the quakes stop and everyone including yourself can breathe easier. But it just goes to show that it is the Earth which is ultimately in charge. We’re powerless in comparison.

I happen to live in an earthquake zone. Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast, is right beside a fault line overdue to shift. Plus we’re near two volcanoes, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier both in Washington State. The only massive natural disasters to hit my neck of the woods was the tsunami from the Alaska earthquake in 1964, and Mt. St. Helens which erupted in May 1980. Those happend before I was born.

Hopefully, I don’t have to experience anything like that in my lifetime.

116. Neumann - June 13, 2011

Here are my thoughts about these famous people and roles I could see them as (I really should steal these for my own projects)…

James MacAvoy as young PIcard (intercepting a transmission from the future… and possibly an unrecognizable one, give us a glimpse at HOW different things could be down the line). Of course, his message isn’t SEEN by any of our beloved crew, just an outsider who gives them the information secondhand,

Hanks maybe as a Greedo/gangster type role. Think of the dude who gave River Song the Vortex Manipulator in S5 of Doctor Who. Kirk and Spock need to get some piece of black market something or other, and the person they have to buy it from is an alien who happens to look like Tom Hanks.

Rosario Dawson: I can see her as a cool civilian… while it’d be neat to see her in the Fleet uniform, I just picture her being someone just trying to make a living out at the edge of the universe with her own theories on how things should work (maybe former Starfleet so we can get a glimpse of her in the good gold… maybe she still has it and impersonates a starfleet officer sometimes to get what she wants)

Paul Giamatti: Maybe mocapped monster, a non-humanoid alien that interacts and deals with humans on a regular basis (not an eat everything in sight creature like Big Red)

Rachel Weisz: My immediate thought would be a Federation Official or Ambassador, so the opposite would be maybe a militia leader (like Kira before Bajor was free) or a high-ranking strategist on a militaristic planet.

I might have mentioned this before, but if I didn’t:
Jennifer Connely as the computer (Paul Bettany is the computer in Iron Man, so complete the joke and have his wife ALSO play a computer).

117. Chris Pike - June 13, 2011

28. ster j – June 11, 2011

now THAT’s how to write dialogue, fantastic stuff!!

118. KHAN 2.0 - June 13, 2011

potential big name casting:

Harrison Ford – Capt Decker/Admiral April/head of Starfleet
Russel Crowe – Kruge
Megan Fox – No 1/tpring
Arnie – Klingon emporer
Tom Cruise – Captain Gareth
Mel Gibson – Captain Tracey/decker
Tom Hanks – Captain Merrik/Decker
Denzel Washington – Dr Datstrom
Reese Witherspoon – Carol Marcus
Javier Barhem/Antonio Banderous – Khan

Scott Bakula – Admiral Archer
Michael Dorn – Colonel Worf
Shatner – Kirks grand pop
Patrick Stewart – Picard great grand pop

119. KHAN 2.0 - June 13, 2011

Brandon Routh – Gary Mitchell

120. Ralph F - June 13, 2011

Another vote for Hanks as Commodore Decker.

121. Jim - June 13, 2011

Furby as Tribble.

122. MrRegular - June 13, 2011

Zapruder film. Look at it. Yes JFK was shot at from behind but his head was exploded by a bullet that impacted on the right side of his cranium.
There is no way Oswald could have acted alone. A bullet does not turn sideways in midair, no matter what the Warren commission stated.

That aside, I would very much like to see Tom Hanks as one of the good guys in a pivotal role in the upcoming Trek!

123. Classic Trek - June 13, 2011

We can have two for the price of one here kids.

Tom Hanks, and his look alike son, Colin Hanks.

Perhaps in a transporter accident ala The Enemy Within?

One good/one bad
One older/one younger
One man split into two personalities-

ooo oooh! It could be a romulan plot to clone Decker and replace him … wait- why does that sound familiar?

124. Kei - June 13, 2011

Tom Hanks Q

125. Star Trek Sequel Fan Already - June 13, 2011

No, come on. I like movies where I don’t really know the actors at all. It makes the characters more real. I think “Oh, that’s Captain Kirk” not “Oh, there’s Chris Pine”. I know, I know….that’s kind of impossible for an actor once he’s been in a famous, well-known movie (or in Tom Hank’s case quite a few)…..but all I know is that I’ll think “There’s Tom Hanks” and not “There’s whatever-his-character-would-be”.

However, if he could really make me see the character (like how Bruce did Captain Pike) I’d be more accepting.

126. Battle-scarred Sciatica - June 13, 2011


Yeah it is all a bit crap at the moment.
We are 200 miles from Christchurch and we are really feeling it in Dunedin. My office has been shaking all over the place, it must be bloody awful in ChCh.
We have had over 15,000 aftershocks since September. The first really felt one today was 5.7 and the second was 6.3. Since midnight (June 14 – NZ time) there has been 13 aftershocks, the most recent being a 4.2 50 minutes ago.
Its weird how you adapt to the ground moving.

Crazy wobbly stuff and it just wont go away.

perhaps there is a black-hole close by that lies undiscovered by scientists?
Who knows? Lets face it, they didn’t find this fault line until 8 months ago!

127. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 13, 2011

#126 I had heard that they had experienced about 5,000 after-shocks since September, not 15,000. Crazy stuff. Everything is quiet here in Auckland, except for the smallish tornado on the North Shore a few weeks ago. I’ve only experienced one small earthquake – that was a bit scary, it was the thunderous noise that freaked me out and that was a nothing event, compared with what is going on down on the mainland now.

Apparently a seismologist on TV last night (13 June NZ time) said that he believed that what the middle to lower East Coast of the South Island is experiencing is an event that only comes about every 10 – 15,000 years. Lucky us…

128. alt-Spock - June 14, 2011

Hanks is one of the great actors of our time, and certainly deserves whatever he wants.

However I had to vote for Rosario. The hotness of her repressed emotions, pointed ears, and arched eyebrows – Pon Farr is coming early!

129. Battle-scarred Sciatica - June 14, 2011

We are very lucky indeed!
they may indeed be the shaky isles but they are just too beautiful!
I heard and saw footage of the crazy tornado episode.
Freaky indeed.
Crazy times all over.
Makes you wish for some trek-type futuristic solution to it all.
A simple blast from an orbiting starship could fuse the shifting plates together to prevent further subduction- you know the thing.
Oh well, best we just carry on like the troglodytes we are……:)

130. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 14, 2011

Yes, I voted for Rosario Dawson playing a Vulcan woman. Star Trek needs more female characters.

131. N - June 14, 2011

#125 yeah, I agree. The only cast members from XI I knew were Quinto and Pegg. Having a big name for the sake of having the name is pointless, in my opinion.

I really don’t like Hanks for some reason, I don’t know if it’s his acting style or just the fact that I’ve never been able to sit through one of his movies.

That being said, it wouldn’t bother me who they cast as new characters in the sequel as long as they did a good job.

132. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - June 14, 2011

Hanks would make a good “good guy” in a star trek movie, a guy not seen much in the movie, but when the time comes he is there to help!

133. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 14, 2011

I thought that Bruce Greenwood plays the good guy, who is not necessarily seen much, but is definitely there when the sh*t hits the fan, as mentor and superior to the USS Enterprise captain and its crew. Give me a Greenwood/Pike any day over Tom Hanks, in whatever form Hanks might play.

134. Oldman42320 - June 27, 2011

Give Tom Hanks a role in the sequel. And make it Q. Be very sweet to see Q show up and give Kirk and the crew fits.

135. Captain Robert April - June 28, 2011

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