Faran Tahir, first revealed to be playing a captain in the new Star Trek on TrekMovie.com is still out doing some promotion for his role in Iron Man, but also taking some Trek questions. Trek’s new Captain revealed to UGO that he is a “closet Trekkie” and also talked about director JJ Abrams approach to Trek and a bit on his character.
excerpts from the UGO Interview
Tahir on director JJ Abrams and introducing Trek to a new generation:
J.J. (Abrams) I think is a perfect choice to bring back Star Trek because he understands the genre. I think the greatest thing he’s doing is he knows there’s a spirit that’s essential to any Star Trek story and he adheres to that. And he also understands there’s a generation that didn’t grow up with Star Trek. There hasn’t been a movie in a long time. The TV shows are now gone. So there’s a whole new, young crop of people who only know Star Trek as something that was in the past or something that their older brother or uncle or mother or father watched, and that’s their introduction to it. And he has freshened it up enough that I think this generation will also get to own it, in a way. Which is great, because I think on a very philosophical level, to me, it’s a great way to make connections between generations. You know, a father and a son can get together and talk about sports, and that’s a common ground where you can open up a conversation. Similarly, I think it’s great to also have these pop culture doorways in conversations. And I think that’s what this will do. I think it will reintroduce Star Trek enough so that this generation can also be a part of it and it’ll also bring back some of the spirit of the old Star Trek. I think it’s well done. It’s a fresher look to the whole story. I think the movie will conform some of the things that people know as Star Trek, but it’ll also challenge some of those things. It’s a very, very interesting balance.
Tahir on his role:
My character is a Captain of a Federation Ship. I don’t know why they chose me to play a human (laughs). It’s a ship that hasn’t been seen before. But beyond that, they want us to keep it all kind of hush-hush. All I can say is that it’s a heroic character, it’s a good guy. Because it’s a known story, we want to keep as much unrevealed as possible so that the experience happens while you’re in the theater.
If you want some spoilers on Tahir’s character and ship, see our recent “Ship Spoilers” article, but there are some major spoilers in there so be warned.
Tahir at premiere for “Iron Man” (WireImage)
More from Tahir on Trek and Iron Man, including talk of an Iron Man sequel, at UGO.