TV Guide has put up an extended version of their interview with Karl Urban about his upcoming roles in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon as well as the new Star Trek movie. Urban repeated to TV Guide that he was a fan of Star Trek who actively persued the the role of McCoy and he feels that the characters are faithful and the designs are like ‘high definition’ versions of the original (more below…no spoilers).
Regarding the film in general he stated:
The movie that we are making is very, very faithful to the spirit of the original series and the characters that were created back in the ’60s. It’s those same character dynamics, and you know what? It’s a lot of fun.
Urban on McCoy in the new movie
He is that lovable, irascible humanist that he has always been. He is, as he was written in the original series, a good friend of Jim Kirk’s. J.J. is going to reinvigorate this franchise in a fresh and exciting way. It’s going to be amazing.
Urban on making a prequel to the 60s still look futuristic
The way I feel about it, being as specific as I’m allowed to be, is it’s like listening to a radio station in AM and then tuning it into high-definition stereo. Everything will sort of really come into high-definition focus… if that makes any sense. All I can really say is the production as a whole is incredibly faithful to the Star Trek universe and takes into account what has come before. The very fact that Leonard Nimoy is reprising his role of Spock, for the first time in, like, 15 years, is a huge endorsement. He wouldn’t be doing it if he didn’t believe the spirit of this production was not in the right place.
Urban talked to USA Today about his performance as McCoy
The tricky part is injecting fresh perspective. You don’t want a carbon copy of someone’s performance.
The western mini-series Comanche Moon with Karl Urban kicks off this Sunday at 9PM on CBS