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Cumberbatch On What John Harrison Is Fighting For + New Into Darkness Images April 13, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Spoilers,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

There are three new images of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain from Star Trek Into Darkness to share. Plus in a new interview Cumberbatch talks about John Harrison’s motivation. Get the details below but beware of spoilers.   

 

 

New Harrison Images

There are three new images from Star Trek Into Darkness with Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison to share. The first was just tweeted by MTV.


John Harrison on Qo’noS – with a really big gun.

The MTV tweet also let fans know to there will be a special mission on the official Star Trek app for the MTV Movie Awards – airing live Sunday at 9PM Eastern. TrekMovie has already reported there will be some kind of promo so watch the show with your app ready.

The second new image is in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly from the table of contents page. Here is a scan (TrekMovie will try to find digital version without the copy text).


John Harrison on floating barge in San Francisco

The final new Cumberbatch image comes from the official Star Trek Latin America Facebook page. It is a character image of Harrison. TrekMovie has confirmed this image is not part of the new domestic character poster series (the first of which was revealed today with Uhura). TrekMovie


John Harrison International Character poster

TrekMovie is trying to find out if there are additional international character posters but we have already shown this image as part of a new international banner.

Cumberbatch talks Harrison Motives (minor spoilers)

Rounding out our Cumberbatch/Harrison news are some comments the actor made in an interview with India’s The Hindu. Interestingly Cumberbatch revealed that Harrison has some kind of political agenda:

What can you tell us about the character you play, John Harrison?
He’s a terrorist. He’s not the usual villain and there’s a real calculation and intelligence to his actions. But also he is a ferocious warrior, for example in hand-to-hand combat and with weapons. We did these fantastic choreographed fight scenes, which I really enjoyed. But he’s equally dangerous in a still moment where he’s not necessarily physically seen to be in charge.

So he’s politically motivated?
I think within the world of the film, very much so. It is a political ideology he is fighting for.

Cumberbatch also talked about his stunt work noting "at one point my character jumps off a bridge" and how he worked out a lot to bulk up for the role – and he also offered this intriguting bit about a scene that may be cut:

You mentioned fight scenes. What kind of physical preparation did you have to do for the role?
I was consuming 4.000 calories a day for about a month and a half. Before that, just eating five times a day was enough but it really ramped up for the last month and a half for this scene, which might be cut (laughs).

Why?
I can’t say why at this point. But it was for a scene where my physicality is revealed at one point. But it might be cut because it might not fit in with the final edit. My trainer and I are heartbroken! (laughs)..


Cumberbatch says that Harrison is a terrorist with a political ideology

Thanks to Carol and Geri.

Comments

1. cpelc - April 13, 2013

I’m most interested in the scene which he said may be cut that his physicality is revealed – what could that mean?

2. daniel - April 13, 2013

AMAZING!!!!
First!!!!
Cant wait for the movie

3. Ash - April 13, 2013

Looks good. I think he’s gonna do very well in this film.

4. Div - April 13, 2013

In The Hindu’s int. he also said that they might chop off his shirtless scene. I’m mad at this :(

lovely pics!!

5. Check in the Circuit - April 13, 2013

In that first picture, am I crazy or does it look like he’s going out to work in the yard with a big leaf blower?

OK…so anyway, can’t wait to see this flick!

6. Craiger - April 13, 2013

That doesn’t sound like Khan too me.

7. Classy M - April 13, 2013

Lots of Cumber-goodies. Thanks, Anthony.

8. Not a british person - April 13, 2013

Just what this movie needed; More dakka and CHAAAAAIN GUN!

9. Aix - April 13, 2013

Is that a leaf blower??? Hahaha!

“Dragged accross the floor at 60 mph by rope pulls and being jerked back” So, he’s the other guy doing the space jump?

10. AB - April 13, 2013

@9

Or possibly he’s sliding across the deck of a starship that’s taken heavy damage.

11. KHAAAN, the weasel - April 13, 2013

Oh, the Star Trek equivalent of a Minigun, I guess… Guess this one will be heavy on the action aspect again, eh…

12. kietero - April 13, 2013

I firmly believe (hope) that Cumby’s character of “John Harrison” is just that – an original villain we haven’t seen before. If this is so, if he’s the ultimate badass that I hope he’s being made out to be, John Harrison might not just go down as the greatest Star Trek villain of all times (and unseat Khan), but in cinema… at least, that’s what I’m hoping for!

I so cannot wait! Just another month to go….

13. Ahmed - April 13, 2013

“So he’s politically motivated?
I think within the world of the film, very much so. It is a political ideology he is fighting for.”

I like that, it make the character more interesting and not just someone who is looking for revenge for personal reasons.

14. endeavour crew - April 13, 2013

It probably means, as some have speculated, that he is against the Starfleet establishment’s non-involvment-a-la- prime directive and yet very angry over the Intelligence divisions heavy involvement. Much like the CIA was behind in many ways the political moves in many countries without the official backing of the White House.

Bin Laden was supported by the CIA for years as a mujahedeen against the Soviets but also ironically turned against the U.S and this is what I believe is the main inspiration for this………..albeit with a 23rd century twist.

That being said-how does Kahn fit in all of this?

Well, we do have what was a supposedly “official” shot from the film showing two figures walking out of a hanger with what appears to be cryo-tubes and one of the figureswalking out is bulky/muscular and is wearing an outfit similar to Montalban’s and even seems to have the same ponytail hairstyle…………

We shall see…

15. Jack - April 13, 2013

1. Dink shot.

16. Jack - April 13, 2013

Ps. Bob, there’s still time to put back on any cut shirtlessness/partial nudity. I’ll personally see it 72 times if that scene’s in there.

17. NCC-73515 - April 13, 2013

This must be the April Giant Gun!!!
Killamarshtrek, we were right XD

18. Matt - April 13, 2013

“I will walk over your cold grass”

19. Jack - April 13, 2013

It kind of looks like he’s holding a leaf-blower.

20. Jack - April 13, 2013

“I can’t say why at this point. But it was for a scene where my physicality is revealed at one point. But it might be cut because it might not fit in with the final edit. My trainer and I are heartbroken!”

Look all the publicity Crazy Stupid Love got because Ryan Gosling was sort of naked. They’d make an extra $25 million alone from folks like me, Keachick and George Takei. I’m not really kidding.

21. Dee - lvs moon surface - April 13, 2013

Chris Pine said:

“There’s one scene in it that’s like, you know… in all kinds of heavy science fiction there’s got to be the exposition scene where it’s like, what the hell’s going on? It’s a really, really, really hard scene. Not for me, for Benedict – and watching him handle that and to make something that I think, on paper, could have been a death trap for an actor and to see how he [deals with it]…”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-11-16/chris-pine-on-a-heavy-science-fiction-scene-with-benedict-cumberbatch-in-star-trek

I think Chris Pine was referring to that scene that Benedict Cumberbatch mentioned in the above article.

………….I want to see this scene!!! ;-) :-)

22. NuFan - April 13, 2013

19

Hah! He infiltrates by posing as the gardener!

23. Andrew - April 13, 2013

Damn, I really want to see that potentially deleted scene. XD

24. Dennis Bailey - April 13, 2013

Sounds exactly like Khan.

25. Curious Cadet - April 13, 2013

“at one point my character jumps off a bridge”

Exactly. He doesn’t say he leaps 50 feet into the air. He’s not superhuman.

But why does he qualify his answer here:

“So he’s politically motivated?
I think within the world of the film, very much so. It is a political ideology he is fighting for.”

Why might it not be politically motivated in the real world? What political ideology might exist in the film world that does not exist in the real world? Interesting.

26. NCC-73515 - April 13, 2013

Adm. Marcus is probably the head of SI or 31, and Harrison is an operative changing sides after realizing Starfleet did something very nasty… XD
Just trying to combine all the information we have so far!

27. Dennis C - April 13, 2013

That leaf blower should come in real handy.

28. Darcy Tucker - April 13, 2013

A Leaf Blower? That’s what Mats Sundin’s wife is (Mats Sundin was captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the hockey impared)

29. Marja - April 13, 2013

Kewl, Harrison plays a djembe drum!

Jaysis, #28. You seem to be censor-impaired.

30. Punkspocker - April 13, 2013

I’d be more ticked off if they cut the Cumberlord’s shirtless scene than if he’s really Khan! I mean, he’s yummy as slim Sherlock! Why did they have to feed the fangirl this bit?!

31. Aix - April 13, 2013

“You think your garden is safe…”

32. John from Cincinnati - April 13, 2013

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek V: The Wrath of Sybok
Star Trek VII: The Wrath of Soran
Star Trek IX: The Wrath of Ru’Afo
Star Trek X: The Wrath of Shinzon
Star Trek XI: The Wrath of Nero

and now we’re being treated to

Star Trek XII: The Wrath of Harrison

33. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 13, 2013

You forgot Star Trek III: The Wrath of Kruge

34. vva - April 14, 2013

And Star Trek IV: The Wrath of Probe

35. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 14, 2013

Well, if we’re going down that path, then we also have:

Star Trek I: The Wrath of V’Ger
Star Trek VI: The Wrath of Klingons and Humans Who Believe Klingons and Humans Can’t Get Along Together
Star Trek VIII: The Wrath of the Borg Queen

36. William Bradley - April 14, 2013

Totally wrong.

>Bin Laden was supported by the CIA for years as a mujahedeen against the Soviets but also ironically turned against the U.S and this is what I believe is the main inspiration for this………..albeit with a 23rd century twist.

37. William Bradley - April 14, 2013

Why is this new?

Cumberbatch has said his character is a terrorist on several occasions. Terrorists have ideological agendas.

> Interestingly Cumberbatch revealed that Harrison has some kind of political agenda:

38. Mr Mike - April 14, 2013

32. Or Star Trek V: The Wrath of God

39. Jack - April 14, 2013

28. Ouch.

40. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 14, 2013

#33 34 35.
You forgot Star Trek. The search for more money.

Oops. Spaceballs already to that. Lol.

41. Michael Hall - April 14, 2013

“Why might it not be politically motivated in the real world? What political ideology might exist in the film world that does not exist in the real world? Interesting.”

Since Starfleet doesn’t actually exist in what we think of as the real world, and since Harrison’s beef with that organization as his motivation is well-established by now, I’m not sure why is this new quote is interesting, let alone a spoiler.

42. Trekkiegal63 - April 14, 2013

#38 Mr. Mike:

LOL!

43. Trekkiegal63 - April 14, 2013

“My trainer and I are heartbroken!”

Well, you’ve got to admire the guy’s sense of humor.

4000 calories a day? Wow. Unless one is dining at the Cheesecake Factory, in which case 4000 calories in contained within one slice of cheesecake, that’s an insane amount of food!

44. Basement Blogger - April 14, 2013

BC says , ” I can’t say why at this point. But it was for a scene where my physicality is revealed at one point.”

I wonder if this the scene where Carol Marcus screams.

45. Karl - April 14, 2013

@43 Trekkiegal Not necessarily. Athletes frequently have that sort of calorie intake while in training. It all depends on the type of food (grains such sa quinoa have a large calorie levels) and how the calories are used. There’s a big big difference between taking in and using good quality calories than in stuffing yourself with Big Macs

46. Tiberius Subprime - April 14, 2013

@36

Totally wrong.

>Bin Laden was supported by the CIA for years as a mujahedeen against the Soviets but also ironically turned against the U.S and this is what I believe is the main inspiration for this………..albeit with a 23rd century twist.

Actually, William, this is mostly true.

47. Aurore - April 14, 2013

Regarding John Harrison’s political “agenda”.
Mr. Cumberbatch alluded to it, before :

“ He is a terrorist. He operates as a terrorist. He has extraordinary physical powers, but also mental powers. He can sow an idea, which is as powerful as any of the…gunshots or close-hand combat that he’s masterful in…..Vengeance is talked about…it is personal,but, it is also political, I think…It’s what drew me to the role. He’s not a cookie cutter villain etc, etc…”

http://trekmovie.com/2012/12/12/watch-cumberbatch-and-quinto-reveal-into-darkness-villain-details-chris-pine-talks-kirk-romance-more/

…At any rate, very interesting interview with India’s The Hindu….

:)

48. Trekkiegal63 - April 14, 2013

#45. Karl:

Oh I know. I go out of my way not to eat over 1800 a day so I don’t ever gain weight (special occasions and the monthly ‘cheat day’ notwithstanding) I’m pretty aware of calorie content in food, and an ‘empty’ calorie vs. a nutritious one. But I was just going on the fact that the average male only needs 2000 calories a day. I look at it like this: I run for 30-45 minutes around four times a week (sometimes more, sometimes less) and according to my calculations, that burns around 250 to 300 calories. So 4000 calories, 2000 over what the average male needs, means that the man must have been practically living at the gym, i.e. working out as much as a professional athlete. If he was doing that, eating that 4000 calories, AND filming scenes for Trek, one has to wonder when the poor guy slept. ;)

49. china - April 14, 2013

I WANT and NEED that shirtless scene. Come on JJ And Bob Cumberbatch fans are gutted at this becase lets be honest he’s unlikely to bulk up for a role like this again.

Unless of course JJ abrams offers him a Star Wars role which I would LOVE to see.

50. NCC-73515 - April 14, 2013

So what we’ll have is basically 9/11 in the 23rd century.
DC/NY = London/SF
Planes = Starships
Bin Laden = Harrison
CIA = SI/31

51. chrisfawkes.com - April 14, 2013

I hope their is an epic fight scene between him and Kirk where Kirk eventually wins through sheer stamina and ingenuity even though Harrison should be superior.

52. Darcy Tucker - April 14, 2013

#29 – This is the internet and you’re not an 8 year old girl. Get over it.

53. Scott - April 14, 2013

April’s Gatlin Gun!!! There was a tour through Bad Robot some time ago where a picture titled “Aprils Gatlin gun” was seen. Could this be it? And given the recent prequel comics, what does it say about ‘John Harrison’? Is April that has been altered? A friend/colleague of April’s????

54. John from Cincinnati - April 14, 2013

Umm, I think V’Ger was a waywrong device seeking it’s creator, the probe in STIV was looking to communicate with Whales, the Borg are a hostile race looking to assimilate the universe.

Khan, Shinzon, Nero and now Harrison are all terrorists with an vendetta against the Federation.

Is that the great sucking sound I keep hearing the creativity leaving Hollywood?

55. Karl - April 14, 2013

@48 Trekkiegal63 I’m a runner too :-) I hope you didn’t feel I was insulting your intelligence with my earlier simplistic reply – you’d be amazed how many people think calories are calories are calories! (I’m just pleased that the first time I interact with somebody on this site it’s been a nice experience)

I run 5 times a week – 3 of those sessions are heavier sessions: 90mins or more and on those days I’d easily top up with 3500+ calories per day plus the blast of calories that isotonic gels etc. give. I’d be pretty certain that BC was easily working off 4000+ a day with training and shooting.

56. NCC-73515 - April 14, 2013

@52 There is also a sound effect called “April Giant Gun” used in the movie.

57. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 14, 2013

@51. Darcy Tucker

No, she probably isn’t 8. I haven’t seen 8 for 50 years, and I found it offensive – after it took me a moment to work out that you had said what I thought you said back at #28. This is a Star Trek site. People come here to discuss Star Trek, not the stuff you alluded to. Trekkies/trekkers coming here are all ages and both male and female. You are not down the pub with your mates. Ask youself this: ‘would I say that in front of my mother?’. If your answer is ‘yes’, then keep on saying it, because she’s obviously a darn sight more tolerant than I would be if you were my son/daughter.

58. Killamarshtrek - April 14, 2013

@ NCC-73515

It certainly looks like an ‘April Giant Gun’ to me.

And does this look like the kind of guy who would borrow a giant gun off someone who is in custody with Starfleet Intelligence? Looks more like a guy who would use his own ‘Giant Gun’ to me!

59. Curious Cadet - April 14, 2013

@54 Karl,
“you’d be amazed how many people think calories are calories are calories!”

A calorie is a calorie. Doesn’t matter where it comes from. I havent seen any serious evidence to the contrary. The type you eat matters more about what you are trying to accomplish. Recall Michael Phelps diet of 12,000 calories a day. That makes Cumberbatch’s 4,000 seem like a veritable paucity by comparison. The average body builder takes in around 6,500 a day — I was actually surprised Cumberbatch was eating so little considering his goals, which was obviously to put on muscle mass. You may recall also that Michael Phelps diet was also anything but health foods. And on top of that the guy was ripped.

As a swimmer and weight trainer myself, I can tell you when swimming competitively, it does not matter where the calorie comes from, in fact the more carbs and fat the better. On the other hand bodybuilding is thwarted unless protein does not comprise a significant portion of the diet. Competitive runners are similar to swimmers, carbs are the principle source of energy.

Eating so-called healthy calories is more of a lifestyle choice. Higher quality calories help you feel better and stabilize the bodies production of insuline. But when the body is under the kind of stress associated with a professional athlete, these kinds of considerations are diminished.

To that end, I would guess that Cumberbatch was eating a large amount of protein, but other than that he could eat only snickers bars for the rest so long as he was burning it all (and that includes the increased metabolism associated with building muscle). Of course, sninkers bars being mostly “empty” calories, he would also need to supplement his nutritional requirements as well with vitamins and minerals. Hence the reason for eating a more healthy diet, but that has nothing to do with the calories or their effectiveness.

And you are correct, if Cumberbatch is working out as hard as Trekkiegal supposes, he would easily burn off 4,000 calories while working and especially sleeping — the later being a key prescription to any bodybuilding routine. Given his frame, he looks solid in the shots we’ve seen, but nothing like a Christian Bale, or Chris Hemsworth, suggesting he did it completely naturally too. Actually I’m impressed Chris Pine, who is decidedly “soft”, has never felt the need to put on a lot of muscle to play Kirk. It’s refreshing actually. A trend I noticed in Bourne Legacy, where Jeremy Renner also chose not to necessarily bulk up for the role. I hope we see more restraint, because young males are also subject to negative body image problems when constantly faced with larger than life hero’s like Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Cristian Bale.

60. Craiger - April 14, 2013

What if Cumberbatch is April’s son and could have not married his mother?

61. Craiger - April 14, 2013

I mean April would have not married Harrison’s mother?

62. Trek Fan - April 14, 2013

After reading the “Countdown To Darkness” comics, this is what I think…

April is not in the movie. But… the tie between April and Marcus is the connection between the comics and the movie. Harrison is pissed because he supports the Prime Directive and found that April (with Marcus’ help) violated it. That is what his beef is with Starfleet and with Marcus in particular.

Harrison was aiming to kill Marcus at that Starfleet meeting we seen in the trailer… but I am guessing that Pike gets killed instead along with a few others.

The political end of what Cumberbatch is talking about is within Starfleet itself. He probably finds out that everything Starfleet stands for is hypocrisy.

I believe that the Klingons will play a key factor in this and perhaps come to the aid of Kirk.

So the tie in with the comics is NOT the characters themself, but with the relationships with April and the Klingons – both present in the countdown to darkness comics. Unlike the Coutdown to the 2009 movie which was more Nero’s back story – I think these comics are more about the theme’s back story.

63. Elias Javalis - April 14, 2013

Nice prop the Gatling Gun. The scenery must be Crystal Cathedral Location!

64. Karl - April 14, 2013

@59 Curious Cadet

Fair point. I guess my “calorie is a calorie is a calorie” point isn’t the best way to describe the point I wanted to make – it’s all about balance. Yeah, a Whopper or a block of cheese will cram the calories into you faster than a balanced meal but it’ll also make you feel like sh*t when you run/swim/whatever your exercise of choice.

Anyway, I think our comments are more suited to a forum on Runners World or Mens Health than on TrekMovie! :-)

65. Darcy Tucker - April 14, 2013

@57 – ” If your answer is ‘yes’, then keep on saying it, because she’s obviously a darn sight more tolerant than I would be if you were my son/daughter.”

If I were your son then you were a naughty girl as a 14 year old as I’m 44. And no, this isn’t a pub, its the internet, which is like the wild west so don’t walk into a town full of gunslingers and expect to not get shot. By the way, that joke is hilarious to Leaf fans of all ages, including my dear old mom who made it up. I’m lucky to not have grown up with a prude. That scene in 2009 Trek with the green girl in her underwear must have sent you screaming to your nearest church.

66. Karl - April 14, 2013

@59 Curious Cadet – I’m still not making my point totally clearly. Long long day with a sick toddler has me braindead! Sorry!

67. porthoses bitch - April 14, 2013

It is a leaf blower, Cumberbatch is Boothby,.

68. Red Dead Ryan - April 14, 2013

#65.

You’re a jerk. Your original comments were fratboyish and uncalled for. Especially since they didn’t have anything to do with the thread.

The real Darcy Tucker would kick your ass because he wouldn’t stand by and let you degrade his former teammate’s wife like you just did.

69. TrekMadeMeFat - April 14, 2013

Wait a minute. If we all know he’s Khan on the 23rd, then what does it matter if we see his “superior physique” too early in the film? The beans will already be spilled long before the big reveal happens in movie theaters.

70. Trekkiegal63 - April 14, 2013

#55 Karl:

Oh, no offense taken at all. It’s nice to meet another runner and fellow calorie guru.

I run 5 times a week – 3 of those sessions are heavier sessions: 90mins or more

Impressive! I’m trying to work up to that (I signed up for a marathon in June down in San Diego). I use a method my dad taught me years ago about utilizing spurts. Starting with heaving running for one to two minutes, slowing down to a jog for five, then repeat for that half hour to forty-five minute duration. I’m working up to heavy sprinting five minutes/jog five minutes, by increasing the spurt part in 30 second increments every few weeks, and trying to increase the length of time of the overall cardio before I get too tired out. What you’re doing is definitely a goal of mine!

#59. Curious Cadet:

Swimming and weight lifting? Also impressive!

71. Unwanted - April 14, 2013

@48. I am a fairly typical male, so far as I know, and I usually eat around 3 – 4 thousand calories a day. I am not an athlete, nor am I in any way interested in “fitness training” and I have never even set foot inside a gym.

I am 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, and have a 32 inch waist. The only exercise I get is from physical work at my job and chasing my children :).

I have never made any effort whatsoever to eat a “healthy diet” and I eat whatever I feel like eating, pizza, barbeque ribs, steak, burgers, fries, mashed potatoes, batter dipped tilapia, and much more all factor into my “diet”.

To quote a childhood role model

“Eat right, exercise daily, and DIE anyway”

“I don’t wanna die with Vegamite on my breath, I wanna go with a Big Mac in one hand and a bag of fries in the other”

72. Mr Lirpa - April 14, 2013

Why’s he got a leaf blower?

73. Karl - April 14, 2013

@70 I’m building up to a marathon too – aiming for next year though as I ended last year with damaged ligaments in my ankle so building that up again. In theory I’d love to go to the US for New York or Boston, but for now I’ll aim for some in Portugal (where I live) and back home in Ireland (where I’m from). Sounds like you’re building up the right way with fartlek training. It takes time, but if it encourages you, two years ago I was the overweight bloke starting the local 10k in the back coral and now I start in the coral behind the elites. (Not getting anywhere near their times, but I’ve gone from a 75minute 10k in my first race to 35mins recently) You’ll get there :-)

74. Darcy Tucker - April 14, 2013

#68 – get off your soap box you whiny little bitch.

75. Unwanted - April 14, 2013

@74. This is just some advice. Watch how you talk to people here, personal attacks like calling someone a whiny little bitch are not allowed here.

76. Curious Cadet - April 14, 2013

@71 Unwanted,

Just curious how old you are …

Genetics play a huge role in it. And you are either young, or a natural ectomorph. Considering your hgh fat/cholesterol diet, it would be interesting to know your body fat. (FYI body fat does not necessarily manifest as a thick waistline).

My mother smokes a pack of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years and in her 80s shows no sign of detrimental effects. My father on the per hand died of emphysema and lung cancer in his 70s after smoking a similar amount of time. Neither side of e family otherwise has any history of cancer of any kind.

@64/66 Karl,

You made your point just fine. However, I think our discussion has some relevance in that we probably could have gotten Cumberbatch to his goals better than his trainer! HaHa However, I do think it sounds like he wasn’t training all that hard and was eating accordingly. Perhaps Trekkiegal was right and he simply did not have the time to train the way he needed to in order to achieve his original goals.

With respect to STID, did he feel the need to bulk up to achieve the fabled Ricardo Montalban physique? Or just to seem more credible in the role? Interesting that Chris Pine does not feel compelled in any way to “enhance” his physique. Either way, as I said before, with boys under more pressure than ever to achieve impossible body images depicted by today’s celebrities, I applaud the actors restraint in eschewing the current trend to go on a steroid enhanced training retiming to bulk up to otherwise unattainable physiques.

77. Basement Blogger - April 14, 2013

@ 74

I was going to to defend your salty joke (@ 28) until you started making ad hominem attacks. Look we got a regular here whose pen name is Harry Ballz. And some of the guys like to write Kirk-Spock gay humor. All of it is in good fun.

But attacking people who are a little sensitive is unbecoming. We need to show the world that we’re not crazy, obsessed nerds who live in their mother’s basement. Um, forget the basement part of the comment.

Oh by the way, I am hockey impaired. Toronto Maple Leafs are a hockey team right? I did get your joke when I saw that thing that Harrison has in the picture. Could be a leaf blower. The caption says it’s a really big gun. Or if you play Doom, it’s a BFG. Oops, made a politically incorrect joke. Sorry.

78. Curious Cadet - April 14, 2013

@41. Michael Hall,
“I’m not sure why is this new quote is interesting, let alone a spoiler.”

Well, I never said it was a spoiler.

And yes, I’m aware Starfleet is fictional. However, a political motivation is just that whether fictional or real. So it makes me wonder if Harrison’s problem is related to something we deal with in our day to day world, or something that can only be understood in context with a fictional world. I’m just not sure why he felt the need to qualify it that way.

Star Trek has always addressed political and social issues of the day couched in the problems faced in the far away future. So why not speak of them that way — why say: yes it’s political “in the world of film” (not Star Trek, but film in general). If it has political motivations, it shouldn’t matter if it’s real or fictional.

I just found that turn of phrase interesting and wondered if anybody had any ideas about what it could imply beyond the obvious. Guess not.

79. Curious Cadet - April 14, 2013

@58. Killamarshtrek,
“Looks more like a guy who would use his own ‘Giant Gun’ to me!”

Oh brother, not this again.

While April is still a possibility, it’s the least likely one in my opinion. Using that “gun” as evidence, which has been so obviously planted by Bad Robot (and conveniently leaked by only one “reporter” whose observation has not been corroborated by anybody else) to drive exactly this discussion, is just ludicrous.

80. SPATAN555 - April 15, 2013

This Confirms he is NOT KHAN.

81. Unwanted - April 15, 2013

@76. I am almost 40, since you asked nicely, and I come from a family of widely varying body types. My brother is taller and skinnier than I am, one sister is 5’1″ and about 100 pounds, the other is 5’5″ and about 250, and so on. I am not all that concerned with how long I live, more the quality of the life I have before I die, and frankly, if I exercised all the time and worried about my diet I would be miserable and I would consider that a very poor quality life.

I’m not sure of my body fat percentage, mostly because I have never cared about it, but it is fairly low at any rate as my job is quite physical as is taking care of several young and highly active children daily.

I do know that I can lift 75 to 100 pounds over my head repeatedly over the course of 8 hours, and none of my co-workers believe that I weigh as much as I do, when I mention my weight in conversations I usually get a response like “what, soaking wet wearing football gear”.

My parents are both still around, though both have serious medical conditions, my father is afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy (rarest known form), and my mother has severe Asthma along with MCS, and a laundry list of other problems.

82. Darcy Tucker - April 15, 2013

@77 – you are right, just sick of the self-righteous prudes who think the internet should be rated PG to fit their liking.

83. vantheman77 - April 15, 2013

If he isn’t Khan, he’s probably one of Khan’s men who survived the Eugenics Wars. I think he’s a genetically-engineered superhuman hence why he can go toe-to-toe with Spock.

84. Paul - April 17, 2013

@82 – Indeed. Gotta love this sort of people. First they willingly enter a lion’s cage, and then they start yelling “I’m being endangered by a lion! Shoot it, shoot it!” Of course, there’s always some “useful idiot” who would, upon listening to their yelling, suggest that lions should be banned entirely.

Or, as my pal used to say: “If you feel like I insulted you, feel free to insult me back. If you don’t have guts to insult me back, just shut up and don’t mind me. If I wanted your opinion, I’d ask for it.”

85. Leaf Blower reviews - April 19, 2013

We have friends who turn on the television the moment they awaken in the morning and leave it on
all day. As it is, sleep is something that has eluded me through the years.
Outdoor noises can come from all sorts of directions
at one time and may have many sources and can be reflected all over
the place.

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