Although JJ Abrams was at the Television Critics Association event this week to promote his new Fox TV show Fringe, he sure took a lot of questions about Star Trek. In the latest, the director gives Hollywood Outbreak an update on the status of the post-production and also talks about the performances of his new Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto).
JJ’s word of the day : Amazing
Listen to Abrams Comments at HollywoodOutbreak.com
JJ Abrams: Right now we have a cut of the movie that has 12% of the visual effects near done, but the movie is working and that is the thing that is exciting to me. What is amazing about the movie is the people are awesome and the characters are alive and you love them. Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote an amazing script and amazing actors made it more amazing. It was really like the fun of watching Zachary Quinto take on the role of Spock which is a incredibly deceptively complicated part, and when you see the whole performance there are things I didn’t even see when we were making the movie. And to have Chris Pine come in and embrace this role of Kirk that is so complete and emotional and funny and cocky and yet vulnerable–it is a wonderful thing. That to me is where I think the best news is. You need that to tell this story and it works. I think it is a testament to this movie.
So just to summarize some of JJ’s comments for the week. His Star Trek is not a parody, but Spock is funny, and Kirk is funny too.
UPDATE: Abrams on Pegg
Another quote from JJ from TCA, this time on Simon Pegg, the new Scoty.
Simon is absolute genius in [Star Trek]. He was a lot of fun to work with.
JJ looking happy to be there, at the Fox Party on Monday in Santa Monica, CA