In February TrekMovie.com first revealed that the unknown ‘Federation Captain’ (now known to be named Capt. Robau) was to be played by Faran Tahir. In a new interview with Deadbolt, the actor described his Star Trek captain “a good guy” and said his ship has “muscle.” Tahir also talked at length about the significance of his casting and how faithful the film is.
In the TrekMovie.com report, it was noted that the casting of a Pakistani actor as the role of a ‘heroic Captain’ in 2008 was in the same tradition as Gene Roddenberry’s inclusion of a Russian on the bridge in the cold war. Tahir was asked about that:
…just a couple of days ago a friend of mine – I’m kind of a Trekkie, but some of my friends are like real Trekkies so of course they go to all of these blogs – sent me this link to a blog that has like 500 blogs on it just on that fact. It’s an actor of Middle Eastern decent playing a captain, which hasn’t happened before. There have been other characters of Middle Eastern decent, but there has never been a captain. And a lot of the discussion on the blogs was about the fact. At least for me, personally, it’s great because it is a context in which my ethnicity is not being discussed as an issue. To me, that’s great – about a character in a story who’s trying to get Task A, Task B, Task C done. And you’re not dealing with the color of his skin or whatever, we’re not dealing with all of that. We’re working on a very even playing field and the blogs were also about that. It gives us hope, in a way, if you look at it as the realities of today hopefully will not be the realities of tomorrow.
Tahir also talked about the faithfulness of the movie and a bit out his ship:
It’s very faithful, all of the characters are there. You do get new insights into them and you get things that so far people have probably pulled together from their own research. Some of those questions might be answered and some of them might be challenged, where people thought up certain histories they created. Some of those might be challenged; some might be corroborated. It’s a nice mix. The feel of the movie is great, at least the part that I had. It has a very robust feel to it. It’s very tangible. The ship that I command has a lot of muscle to it. It looks like a capable thing, you know. So yeah, I think J.J. knows what he’s doing. He has a really great vision and a really great way of executing his vision. I think a lot of people will be very pleasantly surprised.
For much more on Tahir’s role in Iron Man (and more on Trek), check out the interview at Deadbolt
NOTE: Deadbolt name his character as ‘Rabu’, but TrekMovie.com has confirmed it is ‘Robau’. Soon TrekMovie.com will put up a video interview with writer Roberto Orci, and one question discusses Tahir and his casting.