In a recent interview the new Chekov, Anton Yelchin, talked about Walter Koenig visiting him on the set of JJ Abrams Star Trek. Now in a new interview with the Joplin Globethe original Chekov says that, although it was ‘odd’ to see someone else play Chekov, what he saw on his visit to Paramount was ‘conscientiousness’ and ‘loyal’ to the original Trek.
Koenig on the new Star Trek:
I think it’s great. I’m sure they’ll do a terrific job. I visited the set at J.J.’s invitation and watched the actors work. I thought they were on to something good. Only time will tell, but I can’t believe that with their conscientiousness and loyalty to the original concept that it can’t be anything but a success.
Koenig stated that although it was “odd” to see Yelchin play Chekov, but he didn’t have any proprietary feelings towards the character. He went on to say:
I suppose the only way it would have been upsetting would be if they had cast a 71-year-old, but I told J.J. that we only leased these roles … I’m rooting for them. I feel that if they succeed, it carries ‘Star Trek’ on. Being part of that mythos and legend is very gratifying.
As for the endurance of the Star Trek franchise over all these years, Koenig said when he was cast as Pavel Chekov he thought it was just going to be a job for a few episodes, noting “I had no idea it would totally shape my career and my life.” Koenig attests the endurance not to himself and his fellow actors, but to the show’s writers, noting how they kept the sci-fi show relevant:
First of all, I think that it was well-written. They used science-fiction prose writers to write their teleplays. They had fertile and active imaginations that could bring the adventure and excitement that people were looking for. It also had some intellectual nuances and a social consciousness at a time when we were having to deal with Vietnam and civil rights. It showed the concerns of thinking people. It’s a testament that after four decades that it resonates for people. But those concerns are still in front of us — racial and religious issues, war, economic and family issues. They’re still a part of our lives, and we’re struggling with them.
Koenig appearing this weekend at Planet Comic Con in Kansas
Koenig gave the interview to the Joplin Globe to promote Planet Comicon (in Overland Park, Kan) where he will be appearing this weekend. More info at the official site.
Koenig and/or others from the unofficial Trek film Of Gods and Men will be appearing at a number of other cons and showing the film over the next few months. Check out the official site for a full list.
InAlienable available online
Koenig will also be talking about his recent project, InAlienable. The independent sci-fi film was written by Koenig and was produced by the same team behind Of Gods and Men. The cast includes Richart Hatch, Marina Sirtis, Courtney Peldon, Erick Avari and Koenig himself. The film can be viewed online for $2.99. More info and a trailer at the official site.
poster for InAlienable