Chris Pine is gracing the cover of another magazine – Esquire UK – due out tomorrow. Excerpts from his cover story interview are now online, where he talks about his initial resistance to taking on the role of Capt. Kirk. Pine also jokes about how Benedict Cumberbatch having more screaming fans in Japan More details below.
Pine talks taking on Kirk and Cumberbatch’s fans
Pine on taking on the role of Captain Kirk
“I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek. It didn’t excite me. All I wanted at that time was a part that I really connected to and when my agent said, ‘Star Trek’, I said, ‘No! Have you not been hearing anything I’ve said? Star Trek is the furthest thing from what I want to do.’ Star Trek scared me a lot. It terrified me, really. Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it.”
Pine on Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans:
“When I went to Japan for Star Trek, the fans were at the airport waiting. But they didn’t scream until Benedict [Cumberbatch] got off the plane. And I was like, f**k man: what about me?”
By the way, here is video of Cumberbatch and Pine arriving at Narita Airport in December (via fukieda221b)
Be sure to check out the full interview in Esquire’s Spring Style Special, also available in digital edition, on sale tomorrow!
Chris Pine on cover of UK Esquire
Esquire UK with Chris Pine cover goes on sale tomorrow, also available in a digital edition. Get yours at www.esquire.co.uk.