In a new video interview with MTV, Anton Yelchin talks at length about Star Trek. The new Chekov talks about aliens, a ‘gracious’ meeting with Walter Koenig on the set, a photo shoot, working with two Spocks, the move to May and more. Check out the video plus a new excerpt from his Star Trek Magazine interview below.
MTV VIDEO INTERVIEW [MINOR SPOILERS]
more on the interview at MTV.
YELCHIN DOES HIS HOMEWORK
Anton Yelchin admits that he didn’t know anything about Star Trek before he got cast. But in a new in depth interview with the official Star Trek Magazine, the actor shows how he has really studied the character.
Yelchin on Chekov’s accent
I know the Russian accent so well because I have so many family members and family friends who speak with one, but there are also certain things that Walter Koenig does specifically, like his version of it, that I have been picking up and studying to incorporate, because I think they’re really important. It really is Chekov. It’s not just some Russian guy. It’s Chekov. Specifically the word “very.” He always says “wery.” It’s a big emphasis on using a W instead of a V. And the way he says “keptin” … All these things, I think, are important to take note of and to use.
on what interests him about Chekov
My personal opinion of Chekov in the original series is he’s just a really funny little guy, and that’s what we’re going to do. I watched my favorite Star Trek episode yesterday, “The Apple.” The whole episode, everyone is doing something that is relevant to their mission, and he’s just over there with his girlfriend. He’s supposed to be this brilliant navigator and it’s in combination with this wonderful sense of humor and weirdness. In “The Apple” he starts talking about the Garden of Eden being outside of Moscow. Great little things like that I really like about him.
The latest issue of Star Trek Magazine has much more from Yelchin as well as other good articles on the film, and much more. Pick it on newsstands now.