Star Trek’s new James T. Kirk, Chris Pine has a new movie called Bottle Shock opening next week and he is just starting to do press for that. In a new interview with SciFi Wire the actor talks about where in the life of Kirk the movie is set how the film blends blockbuster action and a character story.
Excerpts from SciFi Wire:
Pine on the setting of Star Trek:
I think people will be surprised. I think what J.J. has created–and what we’ve been a part of–is really the birth of these characters. … Not only their individual journeys and how they all meet, [but also] the forging of those relationships and how it carries on to the five-year mission.
Pine on Star Trek’s balance of a character story and a blockbuster:
[JJ Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci] infuse these characters with as much humanity as possible, so not only are you getting the big effects you would expect from a blockbuster, but also something of a character movie, which I think is difficult to do, and I think we’ve done extremely well.
More at SciFi Wire from Pine on being ‘blown away’ by his co-stars and also his pen pal William Shatner .
UPDATE: More reports from the Bottle Shock Junket:
Pine on the characters of Star Trek [From Movies Online]
Movies Online: What did you bring to Star Trek because J.J. Abrams has been marveling about the character relationship in that movie?
Chris Pine: I think what’s new about this particular version of Star Trek and what J.J. and Bob (Roberto Orci) and Alex (Kurtzman) were able to bring to it that’s new and really exciting is an incredible amount of humanity to the roles for a project that could be so…you know there’s a lot of spectacle to it, there’s explosions and graphics and computer graphics and yet it’s really character driven and you really get to see why Kirk is Kirk, why Spock is Spock, how this crew got together.
I think they did an incredible job of casting and to really make something like Trek work it takes an incredible…you know, a good ensemble that works well together. You have to believe that these people would fight and die for one another and that’s what made the original series so good and I think they did that. When people see what Zack (Zachary Quinto) did with the role, what Karl (Karl Urban) did with his role, what Zoe did with Uhura. She really expanded that role a lot and I think people will be really surprised.
More from Pine (including discussing if he ’emulated William Shatner’) at MoviesOnline
Pine on why Star Trek wasn’t at Comic Con [From AP]
Chris Pine, who plays the young Captain Kirk, assumes "Star Trek" wasn’t there because director J.J. Abrams wants to make sure "that anything that is shown to the public, because it’s such a high-profile project, is perfect." He says "J.J. is a perfectionist" who understands how important this movie is to the fans. So, Pine says Abrams wants to make sure that "he dots the I’s and crosses the T’s."
More from Pine (including talking about the LA Earthquake which too place during the press junket) at AP via WSYX
He clearly has one aspect of Kirk down — Pine and co-star Rachael Taylor at the “Bottle Shock” premiere at Chateau Montelena Winery on July 26, 2008 (Wire Image)
Bottle Shock featuring Chris Pine opens Friday August 8th. More info and a trailer at the official site.
NOTE: As per usual, when one of the Trek cast members is out promoting a new movie there will be more quotes and comments about Trek from various media sources. As more from Pine on Trek comes out we will provide updates.