Chris Pine is taking some time off this week to promote his latest film Bottle Shock at the Sundance Film Festival. This is his first big press exposure since being cast as James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek — and so inevitably he gets asked a lot about it. Pine talks about his role and his predecessor and even though he tried not to reveal any spoilers a couple did slip through (see bottom of article)
Pine tells Jam Showbiz that he actually reached out to William Shatner after being cast
I wrote him a letter at the beginning of the process just to explain my feelings about the character … I just tried to explain my respect for what he’d done. I want him to be proud of what I do because the man has been involved with it for going on 40 years. He wrote me back and said he hopes the movie goes well and he’d like to meet sometime, which I would love. But you know, he’s a busy man.
He tells EW he doesn’t feel the pressure of the Shat
I actually feel the exact opposite. I think the biggest mistake I could ever do would be to try to re-create what Mr. Shatner did. There are certain qualities that Kirk has that are vital for someone who is a leader of men. And those qualities, I definitely wanted to take from what Mr. Shatner did in the original series. But my job is to take something new, to take that and build upon it, really do my own thing. I just feel no pressure when it comes to that.
He also told CinemaBlend he’s relaxed:
I’m having a great time. It’s a lot of fun. J.J.’s wonderful. I haven’t really thought that far ahead just because I’m neurotic and just try to concentrate on the day-to-day thing. That kind of keeps me in check. Whatever happens will happen. I have no control over it. All I try to do is good work and that’s that
Pine also said the following to EW:
I’ve met Mr. Nimoy a couple of times. He’s been on set and we have a couple of scenes in the film, which will be nice, and I’m excited for those.
Although it has been reported (here and other sites) that Nimoy will travel back in time, this is the first confirmation from a film star that Nimoy’s older Spock will meet the younger Kirk.
Here is a video interview from Variety…not much Trek except that he does note that he is playing Captain Kirk…or as he likes to put it ‘the cap’ (NOTE: TrekMovie.com previously reported that characters in the film, especially Kirk, will be seen at various times and at different ranks)
Learn more about Bottle Shock at the official site