In the past Karl Urban, has shown that he is a true Trek fan who went out of his way to get the gig as Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy (see: here, here, here, and here). In a new interview with the New Zealand Waikato Times, the Kiwi actor talks about the film, JJ Abrams, and the Kirk/Spock/McCoy relationship — again showing that he was the right man for the job.
Urban on why now is the right time for a TOS prequel
The essence of what (the late Star Trek creator) Gene Roddenberry created is worth pursuing. With the kind of advances with story telling technology there’s a lot more we are capable of doing these days. I think that since it’s been 17 years since Star Trek has been on the big screen. It’s the perfect time to bring it back and show these characters in their early years and get a bit of a back story. To be part of a new wave or revival of the old Star Trek is just a really fantastic experience.
By ‘Star Trek on the big screen’ Urban appears to be referring to Original Series movies and it is exactly 17 years since Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the last of the TOS-era films (and the last with Doctor McCoy).
On Abrams and Jackson
Urban, who played Eomer in the last two Lord of the Rings films, sees a parallel between the directors of Trek and Rings.
JJ [Abrams] is extraordinarily clever. He reminded me, as far as his shooting style is concerned, of Peter Jackson in the way he would place movement in the shot. He had a bit of a quality that I respect in Peter.
On the production design
As far as the physical characteristics are concerned, there are quite a few discrepancies. The important thing is to create the very essence and spirit of what these guys did back in the sixties and creating that verve supporting this new interpretation…..If you were watching the 60s TV series it would be like you were listening to it on the radio before and now you are going to see it in high definition.
On DeForest Kelley and the Kirk/Spock/Bones relationship
I guess in terms of the qualities Kelley bought to the role, what I really respond to is his sense of irascibility with a real passion for life and doing the right thing, which was a great thing for Kirk. We would have Spock’s logic and McCoy’s moral standing which gave Kirk the benefit of having three brains instead of just one.
Urban also notes how one of his two favorite episodes exemplifies this relationship:
“Amok Time” is about the relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy, And I like how Bones saves the day.
Classic Kirk/Spock/McCoy scene from “Amok Time”
[source: Waikato Times]