As we reported yesterday, JJ Abrams brought footage of Star Trek Into Darkness (along with stars Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch) to Tokyo to promote the film to Asian press. Today we have photos from the event along with some of the comments from the Trek team reported in the Japanese media. [NO SPOILERS]
Abrams, Pine and Cumberbatch Promote Trek To Press in Tokyo
Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director JJ Abrams was in Tokyo on Tuesday to show the Asian press the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. He was joined by fellow producer Bryan Burk along with stars Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch. Reports from the Japanese media appear to be adhering to an embargo with regards to a description of the footage shown, so fans may have to wait until that footage is shown to the public with IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starting on December 14th.
Cumberbatch, Abrams, Pine and Burk at Tokyo Star Trek presentation (WireImage)
However, there are a number of reports on the event from the Japanese press which share some of the comments from Abrams, Pine and Cumberbatch.
NOTE: The below quotes from the Japanese media have been translated (by our Japanese correspondent Ateban). Going from English to Japanese and back to English is bound to lose something.
Cumberbatch On Good and Evil Of His Character And Fear Of Taking On Trek
Cumberbatch: "I was a fan of the [2009 Star Trek], so I was pleased when I get the offer. But I know the second one will become far-bigger scale, so I felt terror instantly." (cinematoday.jp)
Cumberbatch: (on his character) "He is very ruthless…He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes has intent and reason." (cinematoday.jp)
Cumberbatch: "He is a complicated character not to be judged by white-or-black, or good-or-evil. But this is the appeal of J.J.’s works and I felt challenge as an actor." (cinemacafe.net)
Cumberbatch greets fans outside Tokyo event (Guardian)
Abrams Talks Cumberbatch Character, Darkness title and more
Abrams: (on Cumberbatch’s character) "The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathies with. When I saw Benedict in Sherlock, I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations." (to which Cumberbatch responded "This may be better than Sherlock. (laughs)"
Abrams: "The movie is filled with all elements I love such as action, adventure, the unexpected and thrills." (EIGA.com)
Abrams: (on the title) "I would avoid saying ‘Part 2’ and hate titles with colons. This time, each characters steps deeper into darkness. It reflects that." "No matter how great visual effects, it means nothing if characters don’t have appeal. Particularly, this movie has theme that Kirk and crew are ‘tried’ in face of an unexpected and horrible event." (EIGA.com)
Abrams: (on one of the themes) "[The film is about] whatever you can do for someone you love." (cinematoday.jp)
Abrams: "The movie is filled with all elements I like very much…I wanted to make a movie like this since my childhood." (cinematoday.jp)
Abrams: "Movies can’t work out with spectacle only. Audiences must feel and love the characters. The previous movie started where the characters weren’t familiar with each other, but this time they encounter unexpected crisis as a group with a bond. (cinema.pia.co.jp)
Abrams flanked by his stars Cumberbatch and Pine at Tokyo Star Trek presentation (Galaxie Mag)
Pine: Bigger Movie Sets Selfish Kirk Aside
Pine: "I am proud that the movie is scaled up from the previous one. At the same time, the characters filled with humanity. This is sci-fi, but you’ll enjoy down-to-earth drama…Kirk was selfish before, but he matures humanly. Confronting with anger and conflict, he became a leader with mind of self-sacrifice." (EIGA.com)
Pine: "In the previous movie, Kirk was a selfish young man. This time, as a leader, he grows up to be a man leading everyone despite getting out of his mind. I my acting is influenced by growing as an adult in the last four years." (cinematoday.jp)
Chris Pine mugs for the camera at Tokyo event (WireImage)
A big thanks to Ateban for his translations