Another actor we haven’t heard much from is Karl Urban, the new Dr. Leonard McCoy. The actor is appearing in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon in January and in an interview about that he also took some Trek questions. Urban tells TheDeadbolt.com that it is difficult for him to deal with all the security surrounding the film, saying “you feel your freedom is a big challenge.” Urban also talked about the faithfulness of the characters and a surprise guest who dropped by the set…
From the interview:
THE DEADBOLT: How will McCoy be different than what we already know?
URBAN: The film that we are making is very faithful in ways to the original series and the characters are the same archetypes which were established in the original series from the ’60s. And I think the fact that Leonard Nimoy has chosen to reprise his role as Spock for the first time in 15 years is an incredible endorsement and he wouldn’t be involved if he didn’t believe in J.J. [Abrams] and the authenticity of the project. I’m just really excited about this film and it’s amazing [how] every day someone new comes in and turns up on set, like we had Stephen Spielberg pop in yesterday. Everybody is thoroughly intrigued to see this one and it’s going to be phenomenal. I think the teaser trailer comes out on the front of Cloverfield in January, so people will get their first kind of taste of the look and feel. And I think after Indiana Jones opens in May, this film is going to be the most highly anticipated film of 2008.
Before DeForest Kelley, the original McCoy, boarded the Enterprise in Star Trek he was mostly known for playing heavies in many TV and film Westerns. Urban was asked about his first foray into the genre:
THE DEADBOLT: How hard was it for you to relate to the American Western since you’re from New Zealand?
URBAN: Not at all. I mean you have to understand that American culture has been exported in the form of film and television and the written medium for over 100 years, so I was very familiar with the sort of icons.
Urban’s answer about about his preparations for the role in Comanche Moon give an insight into his acting process.
DB: How did you get into the world of a Texas Ranger?
URBAN: It was very much a case of just total absorption. It was reading everything by McMurtry that I could get my hands on and research about the Old West and the hardships and the struggles of the settlers to establish new colonies out in the West. And, of course, I was able to use my experience from Lord of the Rings from the horse fighting aspect of it.
…did he go for ‘total absorption’ of Star Trek and McCoy too?
Star Trek is Urban’s second prequel playing a southerner
Urban’s work as a Texas Ranger in the western mini series Comanche Moon should have given him some good practice for playing our favorite country doctor. And since it is a prequel to Lonesome Dove, it should give him some experience on stepping in and playing the younger version of an established character. The character of Woodrow F. Call has been portrayed previously by Tommy Lee Jones, Jon Voight and James Gardner. The Comanche Moon mini series airs on CBS January 13th, 15th and 16th.
The rest of the interview is available at TheDeadbolt.com