A couple weeks ago Eric Bana, Star Trek’s villain Nero, stated that his role in the film was a ‘cameo.’ At the time TrekMovie.com noted that Bana’s usage of ‘cameo’ wasn’t in the traditional sense and that he had more than just a quick scene in the film. At a press junket today for his latest film The Other Boleyn Girl, the actor clarified his comment to assure people that he was still indeed the main villain in the film. Details below
Various sites are reporting on the junket, but Cinematical asked the question regarding if Nero was the main villain. Bana replied:
Well, I guess he kind of is, but I guess what I mean is that in the context of the roles I usually do, the weight is firmly on other areas, you know what I mean? It’s not one of those roles where you’re carrying the movie, is what I’m saying. I feel like I’m very much in a supporting role, not one of the main guys. So ‘cameo’ is a way of saying I don’t feel like, as I am in this film or some other films, where you’re clearly carrying a lot of the film. It’s a luxury to not be in that position. It’s nice to be offered a part like that.
On whether or not he is a Trek fan, Bana said that he liked TOS as a kid, but that isn’t why he signed on (from Cinemablend):
Even if I was crazy about the original series that wouldn’t have been enough to make me sign on to a film I didn’t want to do. I read the script and I went, ‘That is an awesome script.’ It was a very easy decision.
Bana tells MTV that he knows about Trek’s famous villains (like the Borg an Khan) and hopes he can make the grade:
I think that if I get compared to any of them [by the fans], I’ll be doing well.
The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana opens February 29, more at the official site.