Faran Tahir can be seen as one of the main villains in this summer’s hit Iron Man, but next May he will be playing Capt. Robau in JJ Abrams Star Trek. Tahir talked to Comic Book Resources about Iron Man and Trek and noted that he sees his ‘heroic’ Trek role as a “great change of gears.” He also talked about director JJ Abrams approach and the Orci/Kurtzman script.
excerpts from the CBR Interview
Tahir on director JJ Abrams and balancing Trek for old and new audiences:
I think J. J., again like [Iron Man director] Jon [Favreau], understands the genre well. He also understands the fact that there are die-hard Trekkies out there that want things done right. He respects that and yet he also wants to challenge it. So certain things will be conformed and other things will be challenged. I also think that he understands that there is a whole generation out there that has not grown up with “Star Trek.” All the shows are done and there hasn’t been a movie in a while, so there is a nice gap in between. I think he also wants to cater to that group so they can be introduced to this on they’re own ground. So it’s not like something their father, uncle or older brother told them about but it’s something that they really discover on their own and get to own it themselves. He’s created a very nice balance and the feel to the movie is something that I feel he has really gotten right.
Tahir on the Orci & Kurtzman script:
They really are great writers. They really understand how to pull you into it. They know how to see that audience in the dark room and take them to a whole other reality. And that’s what I like about the script. This “Star Trek” will do that and you won’t have that separation of fantasy and reality. You will be transported there and energized right onto the deck of the ship. So it’s very well done.
Star Trek gets gig on Lost
Regular views of Lost may have spotted Tahir in the recent episode of the JJ Abrams created series (“The Shape of Things to Come”). Tahir tells CBR he got the gig through Trek (likely from Bryan Burk or Damon Lindelof who are producers on both Trek and Lost). Tahir notes that Abrams gave him some advice:
he just said, “Trust us. Things sometimes wont make sense to you but just trust us. Just go into it and play it out and leave it up to us beyond that. Just go have fun with it.”
Tahir on Lost
More from Tahir on Trek and Iron Man at CBR.com.