Star Trek Into Darkness re-introduces the character Dr. Carol Marcus, and in a new interview actress Alice Eve talks about how the original Marcus (Bibi Besch) influenced her performance. Eve also shows off her Star Trek knowledge talking about Shatner, Roddenberry’s vision and how the show had good advice for young men. All that and more from Eve below.
Eve Talks Bibi Besch and Wrath of Khan
Star Trek Into Darkness actress Alice Eve spoke to SFX Magazine about taking on the role of Carol Marcus. The specifically talked to her about what she thought of the performances in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which she reviewed before starting on Into Darkness..
So you’ve seen the future of your character, Carol Marcus. Does that inform the way you play her or do you have to blank all that out?
Oh, it’s information you have to carry, definitely. It doesn’t shape it, but it will maybe inform certain choices. You can’t ignore the universe that exists.
What did you think that Bibi Besch brought to the role?
She had great composure. The thing about Dr Marcus is her intellectual capability. She was a little older and had a full-grown child so she had a maturity about her. She was authoritative, especially with Kirk – in fact she seemed to be the only person who could really tell Kirk what for, and that came from her superior intelligence. She’s cleverer than Kirk, in The Wrath Of Khan, at least. So I didn’t forget that! (laughs)
There was a melancholy to her as well…
That was age. That was lost dreams, and lost relationships and lost loves. I wasn’t at that stage. Too early. I’m at the beginning of my journey, in that way, in the grown-up world. And I actually think that in this movie you see Carol Marcus go from girl to woman – I think you do with Kirk, too; not from boy but from young adult to adult.
Were there any cues that you took from Bibi Besch?
The composure, that has to be tempered to allow for a little more youth. I’m not young, but I have more youth than she had in that movie. So her composure and her conviction and her thoughts, her belief in her intellect.
Eve: performance as Marcus "informed" but not "shaped" by Bibi Besch
There is more from Eve on Into Darkness at SFX Magazine.
Eve Talks Up Roddenberry Vision & Charlie X lessons for teen boys
When she was young Alice Eve would watch the original Star Trek with her grandfather who is a big fan. At a press conference at the Tribeca Film Festival (reported by Hollywood.com) promoting her new indie movie Some Velvet Morning, Eve talked about what she liked in Star Trek:
"I liked Shatner, of course. But there’s such an approachability to Gene Roddenberry’s genius. He hardly gets any credit, but he invented everything we use now. The communicators from The Original Series are basically just cell phones. Samsung won the lawsuit Apple filed against them [claiming Samsung’s tablets infringed on the iPad’s copyright] by showing that Star Trek had featured tablet computers years and years before the iPad. To say that you’re not a fan of Star Trek, is to say that you’re not a fan of everything that services you in our society. Which you may not be, but in that case, good luck to you."
Eve also noted that "Charlie X" is one of her favorite episodes, noting how it has important life lessons…
"I love Charlie [played by Robert Walker, Jr.] and the way he’s a little kid in a teenager’s body, acting out tantrums. And that moment when Shatner leans in to give Charlie some advice, because Charlie’s in love with Yeoman Rand and he thinks he’s never going to get her, it’s so great. Shatner says, ‘Be gentle and go slow.’ Have there ever been better words of advice given to a young man in love?"
Eve – Star Trek Was ‘Overwhelming’
Pop Sugar also spoke to eve at the Tribecca event and have a brief video interview with Alice Eve where she mostly talks about other projects but also speaks a bit about Star Trek Into Darkness and how even though she was prepared for the role it was still "mentally and physically overwhelming."
Eve at Tribeca Film Festival
Here are a few snaps of Eve from the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st in NYC.
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